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Taking care of your cat’s teeth is easy

Keep my smile pretty
Karla Kirby

Just like you, your cat’s teeth need a good brushing... Brush them at least twice a week, using a made-for-cats toothpaste and toothbrush. One that fits over your index finger will make the task easier. The cat may ingest some of the toothpaste so human toothpaste is totally out of the question. It could make your cat sick. You can find cat toothpaste in a variety of flavors, including, (yes) fish. If you feline isn't used to getting her/his teeth brushed, kitty will probably put up a good fuss and fight the first few times. Get her/him used to the idea by only brushing a couple of teeth the first time. Rub the toothbrush soothingly over the tooth in a spherical pattern. Give special accent to the areas closest to the gums. Also, massage the gums. Complete the gathering with a little hug and a special treat. If you have a new kitten, begin the progression as early as possible Start off by holding your kitten and gently examining her/his teeth.

Of course, some cats will not put up with brushing. Look for gels, sprays, and oral rinses at the pet store... You can give your cat tartar-control treats as well. Seek out chew toys that have an abrasive texture and are flavored with fish, turkey or chicken. These tasty toys can help eradicate food debris and plaque build up around the teeth. Some felines also need a special diet to decelerate the build-up of plaque. Speak to your veterinarian about this option. Examine your cat's mouth on a regular basis. Bad breath, a crispy gum line and pain or bleeding while eating are all symptoms of dental disease.

Take your cat to the veterinarian twice a year for a detailed dental check-up. She/he will examine your cat's teeth for warning signs of dental disease, as well as gingivitis and fractured or abscessed teeth. Get a good, professional cleaning at least once a year. The veterinarian will need to anesthetize your cat to perform an appropriate cleaning. Once the cat is asleep, she/he will take X-rays of the teeth to see if the bone structure is hale and hearty. The veterinarian will rinse your cat's mouth with a special solution to destroy bacteria. Next, she/he will scale the cat's teeth by means of special instruments to get rid of calculus above

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