How do I brush my cat's teeth?
Recently there are quite a lot of people in the background asking how to brush your cat's teeth, I have written about oral diseases in cats before, for details see: talk about those things about cat oral diseases. You can also open your cat's mouth and smell if there is a bad smell, see if the teeth are yellow, gums are red and swollen, as far as I know, cats who do not brush their teeth for a long time are almost as soon as they open their mouths, if your cat is the same, then it is time to put brushing on the agenda.
Brushing is not just about keeping your cat's mouth from smelling bad and breath fresh, but more about preventing oral disease - maintaining a good oral environment by reducing the formation of plaque, to be exact.
As I mentioned at the end of my last article on oral problems, perhaps many parents don't want to brush their cat's teeth but don't know how to brush their cat's teeth, after all, no cat will like brushing, most cats will resist and struggle at first, and the cat's resistance also tends to undermine the pooper scooper's confidence. It was only when my cat's oral condition was getting worse that I had to try again, and I was quite successful, so today, I'm going to systematically talk about how to brush your cat's teeth.
I'll break it down into these points.
First, why do you need to brush your teeth? You need to pay attention to this matter first
Second, what do you need to prepare?
Three, where to brush
Fourth, how to start brushing? What if the cat is too resistant?
How old does a cat need to be to start brushing its teeth? Is it too late to brush your cat's teeth when it is over two years old?
Then let's get started!
I. Why do you need to brush your teeth, you need to pay attention to this first
We humans, it is common sense to brush our teeth every morning before going to bed. Brushing is the primary treatment for oral diseases and the most important means of prevention, and it's hard not to brush your teeth all day long.
However, we do not pay enough attention to the oral health of domestic pets, often until the problem will be passively treated, can actively brush teeth to prevent it - few and far between, and it must be clear that a fact is that oral health is a key point affecting the life of cats, before the age of four or five years old do not pay attention to, cats may be able to live the same But by the age of seven or eight, once the cat has gathered gingivitis, calculus, periodontal disease, and even cat stomatitis, the whole oral condition is miserable, and over time, bacteria also begin to penetrate other body organs through the mouth - such as the heart, liver, kidneys, other health problems caused by oral problems, often compromising the life of the cat.
The spearhead of all oral problems is the bacteria present in the cat's mouth, plaque, which is a biological film mixed with food debris, formed very quickly, usually attached to the teeth, if not diligently cleaned, it will accumulate on the teeth, forming yellow tartar, over time, tartar, gingivitis, periodontal disease will also come to the door.
The solution can only be to sweep away the plaque by physical friction. That is, brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth once is not enough for a few days, because after brushing, plaque will continue to be generated, and you must clean it every day, at least every other day, to prevent plaque from accumulating into tartar.
Brushing is really that important, you must first pay attention to it in order to overcome your cat's resistance - I am always told that brushing a cat's teeth, I can't even think about it, the cat will eat me No one asks you to dislike the toothbrush into the cat's mouth at the beginning, so it is strange that the cat does not hate it, you must first give yourself a good psychological construction, brush the cat's teeth As long as the cat is willing to let you touch it, as long as your cat is not afraid of you, then it is possible to slowly accept the brushing of teeth through positive training - a process that requires patience, care, and your determination.
II. What you need to prepare
Toothpaste and toothbrushes are a must, but you can also prepare medical gauze or dental cleaning gauze.
Gauze: I stocked up on dental gauze and regular medical gauze, which serve two purposes: one is to try to touch the cat's teeth with gauze dipped in water at first when the cat doesn't accept the toothbrush; the other is to wipe the teeth one last time with gauze dipped in chlorhexidine after each brushing to do the final cleaning - as we said. The most important thing about brushing is physical friction, the physical effect is greater than the chemical effect, and gauze can do the same to physically rub the teeth to clear the plaque.
Toothbrush: Many people may start by buying a special toothbrush for pets, but I almost never buy a special toothbrush for pets because the brush head is too big for cats, it's almost too big for dogs, but the teeth of cats are so small, especially the green bean-sized back groove teeth, using a toothbrush head that is too big is easy to brush the gums of cats, causing them to bleed, so cats will be more resistant.
So what is the small toothbrush head - I myself use the orthodontic toothbrush for humans - ci single beam toothbrush, pointed head flat head can be, where the pointed toothbrush is very good for the back groove teeth - -As we said, cats have very small posterior notch teeth, which can be reached with a pointed toothbrush.
In addition, I also bought a sego electric toothbrush for kids - it's only a few bucks and the brush head is very small, it's electric but I'm afraid to turn it on for fear of scaring the cat. The good thing about it is that it can turn on the light, it comes with a bright light, and you can check if it's clean after brushing your teeth.
Children's electric toothbrush
In general, the most important thing about the choice of toothbrush is that the brush head should be small, to brush the back groove teeth, and the rest is not much of a hard requirement.
Toothpaste: toothpaste must be special for pets, because of this stuff, but the cat will eat into the stomach. As we said, the physical effect of brushing teeth is greater than the chemical effect, so the most important component of toothpaste is the friction agent, from this point of view, the cheapest bowl of Terrys (common for dogs and cats) is enough to use.
As an entry-level more people would recommend Vic's Chicken toothpaste because it contains an enticing agent that many cats like to eat, so in order to make cats less afraid of brushing their teeth, it is possible to use this toothpaste as an introduction. But be careful that it's too tasty and causes your cat to eat the toothpaste instead of brushing its teeth.
Three, where to brush
The most important thing is to brush your teeth. The most important thing is the back teeth - because of their hidden nature, the back teeth are where plaque likes to be deposited most.
I can't brush the inside of my cat's back teeth either. If you can, that's great, but if you can't, there's no need to force it, because that side is near the tongue, and cats have barbs on their tongues that they can lick themselves.
So the order of brushing is generally, first break the two sides of the back groove teeth brush a brush, and finally, the canine incisors brush once, generally brush a minute can be, the length of time is not forced, the most important thing is to be high frequency, once a day, or once every two days.
Fourth, how old can I start brushing? Is it too late for cats over two years old to brush their teeth
The earlier your cat brushes its teeth, the better. As soon as it has teeth and can eat, you can start brushing. The gums will be a little more fragile during the change of teeth, so just be careful not to sweep the gums.
No matter how old your cat is, you can start brushing right now. If your cat has gingivitis or tartar, you can brush it as well, and you will be surprised if you insist for more than six months.
V. How do I start brushing? What if my cat is too resistant?
I've stressed several times that almost no cat will ever actively enjoy brushing - a better-behaved cat may not be as resistant at first, but most cats can't accept a toothbrush that suddenly dislikes their mouth at first. So don't think that it will happen overnight, and don't think that your cat will love brushing the first time - there are no such cats.
You need to take it step by step
1. Be prepared for everything, toothpaste, toothbrush, gauze and other items ready, as well as your own mental preparation - it will take a little time to train your cat.
2. When playing with your cat, touch his teeth with your hand more often to let his mouth slowly get used to the foreign body sensation; when feeding your cat his favorite freeze-dried snacks, rub his teeth with the snacks a few times before giving them to him, so that he subconsciously associates the teeth being rubbed with the snacks, and maybe he will not resist so much. This process takes time, you start to hit his teeth, and will be habitual to touch his teeth.
3. Gauze comes in handy. Compared to a toothbrush, cats are less resistant to gauze. At this stage, you can wet a gauze after each meal or snack, wrap your finger around it and stick it in his mouth, starting with his incisors.
Gauze works great!
You may have seen other people's cats brushing their teeth online - cats lying on their backs on their owner's lap, dutifully brushed by their owner breaking their teeth - I must tell you that such cats, are very rare.
I have ten cats at home, and after a period of training, still only three cats are willing to lie on their backs on my lap to be dutifully brushed by me, perhaps resisting, but slowly giving up the struggle.
Lying on your back on my lap is something you can't get
But who says that this is the only position you can use to brush your cat's teeth? This position is largely convenient for the owner, but there are still many cats who hate being held.
You can try another position that cats prefer - let the cat lie on the floor, you kneel behind the cat, with two feet gently fixed cat, so that he is not easy to struggle to run away, and then one hand to fix its head, the other hand to brush teeth. This position will be a little more tiring for the pooper scooper, but the cat will be less resistant, and for the kind of cat that refuses to be held on its back in your lap, this position is the easiest to brush the cat's teeth.
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This position is a bit embarrassing, but it is indeed a position worth trying
4. After doing the first three steps of training above, you can start using the toothbrush.
1. Squeeze the toothpaste on the back of your hand and place the toothbrush within reach, prepare these things first or let the person next to you get it for you.
2銆丅efore officially brushing the teeth, feed the cat some of his favorite snacks, after feeding the snacks the cat is usually more doggy and less rebellious.
3銆乀hen press the cat, if the cat does not hate the position of lying on his back, then lie on your lap, if not, then let the cat lie on the ground, you lie behind the cat, then give the cat a full set of horse kill, touch the chin ear butt, full massage for a few minutes to eliminate wariness.
4. Gently break open the cat's teeth, the kind where you can see the back groove teeth. Touch its teeth with your fingers, your cat may resist, but it won't struggle too much.
5. Take the toothbrush at hand, dip it in a little toothpaste on the back of your hand, and start brushing the back groove teeth. As we said, the cat's back teeth are very small and not enough for you to rub back and forth, usually in a circle in place. Finally, brush the canines and incisors.
6, finished brushing? Continue to give the cat horse kill, a full set of massage, you can also immediately immediately reward the cat with a small snack - note that immediately immediately, the snack can be prepared in advance, otherwise when you get the snack, the cat will not be able to connect the snack with the brushing of teeth. At this point the cat is less and less resistant and all you need to do is repair the cat's "broken heart".
At this stage, I will continue to use gauze to wipe the cat's mouth, chin, ears, pick the nose and eyes, and clean the whole face, so that it is a fairly clean kitty.
Finally, the brushing was successful, so keep up the good work and keep brushing tomorrow! In emphasizing once again, the brushing time does not need to be too long, but the frequency must be high, once a day, or once every two days, stick to it, the cat's good dental mouth waiting for you.
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