Dental Care for Cat - Dental Care for Cat and Kitten

 

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Don't use human toothpaste or baking soda. These can pose health problems if your cat swallows any of the substance.

A dental care for cat or kitten program means getting down in the mouth -- that is, her mouth. 

Get your feline to the vet early in the adoption period.  She will take a quick check of your cat's dental condition and make recommendations on food and dental care. 

Occasionally baby teeth are retained in the gums. This can cause other teeth to come in crooked. Your vet will probably remove the embedded baby tooth.

If you have a kitten, you can start young. It won't be a long session because their attention span can't hold for more than 30 seconds.  Limit the first training sessions to less than an minute and just a few of her teeth. Reward with cat dental treats!

Cats are prone to the same dental problems as their human caregivers. Not only can abscesses, gum disease, broken teeth and decay cause pain, but it can be the reason why kitty started misbehaving or striking out at you.

Periodontal disease is extremely common in small animals. From the time your cat or kitten starts eating solid food, bacteria and food particles are deposited along the gum line. This forms plaque. Plaque hardens and eventually causes serious problems. 

Toof'brush Training

Are you familiar with how painful a dental problem can be?   Your cat will likely suffer in silence until the disease is quite far advanced.  A program of preventative dental care for cats and kittens can keep your cat's mouth healthy. 

Most kittens quickly learn to accept short dental care sessions.  Start toothbrush training early with just a few teeth.  Increase the number of teeth every day.  Eventually you'll be able to attend to the entire mouthful. 

This training helps you and your kitten get through the 'teething' period with less stress because your massaging her gums.  This improves the blood flow to gums and teeth, and generally helps the baby teeth fall out so the adult teeth can move in.  Your massaging reduces her need to gnaw on your shoes and pillows. Your less aggravated and she feels relief. 

You say you have an older cat?  Older cats will require a bit more practice.  All I can say is remain vigilant.  Remember, they are masters of training you.  Your cleverness and patience will win over if you remain persistent. 

Work with your cat's teeth several times each week. This helps make it a common place activity.  Follow up all dental care sessions with a play session with her favorite game or toy. Rewards with dental treats too. 

Special tool brushes are available for cats, or you can try a small child's toothbrush with soft bristles.  Some people prefer a special toothbrush that fits over the finger or tooth cleaning pads and even special toothpastes made for cat tastes.  These are available from your vet or from pet supply. 

You may be surprised to find that one of the best dental care for cat and kitten programs is to let your feline chew on the bristles of the tooth brush.  This can be quite effective and if it makes her happy, cleans her teeth and strengthens her gums -- who are you to say different? 

Depending on your dental diligence your cat may have its first veterinarian attended dental cleaning around 7 years, sooner if necessary. This means that Lucky Lucy will go under anesthesia because Doc is going to deal with gingivitis, scrape away plaque, tartar and treat any infections.  Lucy needs to be out for this treatment.  If she isn't experiencing any problems, then the treatment will just be a rigorous dental cleaning of all teeth.

There is always risks associated with anesthesia.  However, today's drugs are far improved requiring less recovery time and free of the dopey hangover cats experienced in the past.  Ask your vet what kind of anesthetic she uses, how easy it is to reverse and how your cat is monitored during the session. 

A dental care for cat and kitten program is just part of your overall cat health care program.  It prolongs their lives and keep them free of pain.

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