One of the most common diseases in cats is periodontal disease. The good thing is this is also one of the most preventable diseases. You (the owner) can help to prevent it by giving them a diet that is crunchy and by brushing their teeth every day.
Not many of us know that you can brush your cat's teeth, nor that it is healthy for them. Those of you who don't know how to brush their teeth can follow our step by step guide.
You are going to need a soft-bristled tooth brush and toothpaste for cats - which you can purchase at most veterinary offices. Using baking soda or human toothpastes can give them problems so you need to keep it away from them. Plus veterinary toothpastes have flavors that cats love.
Periodontal disease will usually affect the cat's back and upper teeth more then anything. Plaque will build up on the surface of the teeth and right under the gum line. When it begins to build it will only take it 36 hours to harden into tartar that has no chance of being removed by a brush. Because of this you will need to have your cat's teeth cleaned professionally before beginning a strict regimen for them. Otherwise it will be useless.
The best way to get your cat to enjoy this is to give them a treat after you have finished. Also remember to give them some love and praise. Keep in mind that it will take a few days before they are used to what you are doing.
To ease her into it give her a taste of the toothpaste. The next day let her taste the toothpaste as you run your fingers along her upper teeth and gums. Follow the same step - but replace your finger with a toothbrush the next day. Each day you will be able to cover more ground. Brushing their teeth should take you less then 30 seconds.
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