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Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

July 1, 2020

Did you know that dental issues are very common in cats? Just like people, kitties can be afflicted by a variety of dental troubles. Some common ones include misalignments, abscesses, and feline stomatitis, which is a painful mouth infection. One of the best things you can do for Fluffy is brush her teeth regularly. Of course, that probably sounds a bit dangerous. We can help! Here, a Cornelius, NC vet offers some tips on brushing your kitty’s teeth.


Only use products that are specifically made for kitties. Our toothpastes contain ingredients that aren’t safe for cats, and our toothbrushes aren’t angled the right way for them. You may want to get a pet toothpaste in a yummy flavor, like beef or chicken.


Don’t expect to just stick a toothbrush into Fluffy’s mouth out of the blue. That will probably get you scratched! You’ll need to get your pet used to the idea. Start by gently rubbing her teeth and gums. You can wrap your finger in gauze, or get a finger toothbrush.


Timing is very important here. You’ll want to pick a time when your furball is feeling relaxed. (Given that kitties spend a rather ridiculous amount of time sleeping, this shouldn’t be difficult.) Work in lots of attention and cuddles, and tell Fluffy that she’s the best pet ever. Our feline overlords love compliments! Plus, you want your cat to think that she is being pampered, not punished. However, when your pet decides she’s had enough, don’t fight her. Just let her go, and try again another day.

Other Options

If your attempts to brush your cat’s choppers didn’t end well, don’t worry. You can still help keep Fluffy’s teeth clean by offering her dental-formula treats or kibble. Oral rinses and dental flakes will work, too. It’s also important to make sure that your furry friend always has clean water. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Keep an eye out for signs of dental issues. Some common ones are drooling, dribbling food, swelling, tartar buildup, and bloody smears on dishes. Fluffy may also change her eating habits, and she may act abnormally shy, withdrawn, or grumpy. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these issues.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Cornelius, NC vet clinic, we’re here to help!