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Sometimes people may neglect certain aspects of their pet’s hygiene because they can be too complex or not so important. However, your cat’s oral hygiene is just as important as other aspects of their health. In fact, it may be even more important because the mouth is a suitable place for bacteria and infection.
How to maintain your cat’s oral hygiene?
Maybe you don’t know how to maintain your cat’s oral hygiene, or maybe you don’t do it that often. Therefore, read this article to take care of your cat’s oral hygiene.
First of all, your cat’s oral hygiene is very important. Plaque and bacteria can build up on your cat’s teeth. When they mix with tiny particles of food and saliva, they become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause oral infection.
They can also turn into gingivitis, periodontitis, or cause your pet’s teeth to fall out. We’re not even talking about all the pain or problems your cat will go through.
Follow the recommendations below to maintain good oral hygiene for your cat.
You must take into account your cat’s diet. There are many foods designed to care for your cat’s teeth, such as special cat food or treats to clean and keep them healthy.
Cats that consume too much raw or wet food have more trouble keeping their teeth clean because they do not need to chew too much. Cat food must be chewed to break down the food, which creates friction on the teeth and cleans the teeth.
Buy high-quality food that makes your cat chew, this will improve your cat’s oral hygiene. Therefore, when you clean your cat’s teeth, it takes less effort. Your cat will also be more docile because he won’t be upset.
The first thing you need is the right brush and toothpaste for your cat. It is best to seek advice from your vet. Many recommend aerosol products specifically designed for cats, but many cats are afraid of the sound of the spray. You get to know your cat better than anyone else, and you know whether a spray or a toothpaste would work.
The brush should have soft, adaptable bristles that allow you to reach every corner of your cat’s mouth and be the right size for your cat. You should never use human toothbrushes or human toothpaste.
Get your cat used to the toothpaste
If you’ve never brushed your cat’s teeth before, she may suddenly show up with a brush that smells like menthol and try to put it in her mouth, and she may be scared. To prevent them from getting scared, accustom the toothpaste by putting a little bit of the paste on your finger and allowing your cat to examine or lick it.
Cleaning your cat’s teeth
Finally, you should be able to clean your cat’s teeth at this point. If you think your cat is quite timid and will struggle, wear a long sleeve outfit and gloves or ask someone else to help you.
Put some toothpaste on the brush, moisten it with water, and start brushing your teeth softly and gently without touching the gums. After brushing your cat’s teeth, carefully examine his mouth, and then give him a treat. That way – even if he didn’t behave very well – he’ll associate his oral hygiene with something positive and he’ll be more docile next time.
Obviously, all aspects of owning a pet require patience and perseverance. However, if you follow this advice, you should have no problem taking care of your cat’s oral hygiene.