Cat teeth care is important for the health and happiness of your cat. There are a few different ways you can make sure that you keep your cat’s teeth clean, some are more involved than others. Cleaning cats teeth can be as simple as feeding dental support food, adding a dental drinking water additive,or using a dental gel, while other methods of cat teeth cleaning may be more involved, such as brushing your cat’s teeth. Gum disease and tartar build up are common in cats and can lead to serious health issues if they are not treated! So here are a few ways you can supplement your vet dental care between visits to keep your kitty happy and healthy.
- Brushing Teeth: This is the best method for cleaning cats teeth, but it can also be the trickiest to do at home safely. Most owners who use this method of cat teeth care have practiced with their cats since they were kittens and now their adult cats are used to the process. However, if you can brush your cat’s teeth you can use a finger brush or even a small child’s soft toothbrush, special cat toothpaste, and remember to give lots of praise! In a perfect world, you should practice daily cat teeth care, but every other day is okay too.
- Dental Gel: If you cannot use a toothbrush with your cat, another option is to use a cat dental gel. The gel is the second best option as it will work to break down tartar, plaque, and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- Dental Support Food: There are specially formulated diets that consist of dry food for cats that can help break up plaque and reduce gingivitis. These foods are options for cats who drink enough water and who are not on wet diets.
- Drinking Water Additives: This cat teeth cleaning product is an option for cat owners who can not get close to their cats mouths safely. It will help break down the plaque build up on their cat’s teeth.The drinking water additive works best for cats who are not picky water drinkers, as some cats may dislike the taste. You will have to closely monitor your cat to be sure the additive is not deterring them from drinking their water.
Cleaning cats teeth should be part of your regular care routine, as it is estimated that over 80% of cats over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease. The only way to be sure that your cat doesn’t become part of this statistic is to take the right preventative care steps. You can start off by slowly introducing cat teeth care into your routine and eventually it will become habit. Be sure to also keep your cat healthy by having them checked by the vet to make sure that their teeth and gums look healthy. You can contact The Animal Hospital of Sussex County via our online form here or call us at (973) 579-1155.