It can be easy to overlook your pet’s dental hygiene, but doing so could lead to serious consequences. These four tips can help you keep your cat’s teeth clean.
Check Their Diet
Start by providing a high quality and varied diet that incorporates dry food. The hard pieces can help scrape plaque and tartar off their teeth. You can also supplement their diet with occasional tartar control treats.
Use Raw Bones
In addition to tartar control treats, offering your cat raw bones can help keep their teeth clean by removing some of the tartar as they chew them.
Clean Them Yourself
While diet and treats can help, it is still necessary to brush your cat’s teeth at least twice a week. You’ll need gauze or a cat toothbrush and feline toothpaste since human toothpaste contains chemicals unsafe for pets. Once you have the supplies, put a small amount of the toothpaste on the brush or gauze and then brush each tooth using circular motions.
Get a Checkup
Even if you brush your cat’s teeth regularly and provide a healthy diet, gum disease or tooth decay can still develop. Take your cat to the vet for an annual checkup that includes looking at their breath, teeth and gums to check for disease.
If you follow these four tips you can help prevent dental problems in your cat. Call Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital in Wilmington at 910-792-9600 for more information about how to keep your cat’s teeth clean.