Is There an Easy Way to Clean a Cat’s Teeth to Prevent Feline Dental Disease and Gingivitis?
There are several ways to clean a cat’s teeth
The easiest way to clean a cat’s teeth is to introduce them as a kitten to having the inside of their mouth touched and their teeth brushed, or cleaned in some similar fashion.
I have never been able to get a kitten to hold still long enough to train them. Yet, there are plenty of cat parents who do brush their cat’s teeth. And plenty of cats who enjoy it. I happen to know one such cat. His name is Henry. A big orange tabby love, and he really enjoys having his teeth brushed. He makes it very easy to keep his teeth clean.
However, if you are one of the many whose cat does not fall into these categories, you and your cat may find using a dental gel to be much easier than brushing to keep those teeth clean.
This dental series started out with 5 Ways to Avoid Painful Gingivitis and Feline Dental Disease. Check it out HERE to see why your cat’s dental health is very important to overall health. Cats are prone to dental disease. It can be very costly to treat, as well as very stressful for your cat. In that article, I introduce a safe and natural dental gel for cats (and dogs) that dissolves tartar called DentaSure.
This article explains how to apply the DentaSure to your cat’s teeth and gums for dental health.
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Need to purchase DentaSure? You can buy it HERE . Be sure to purchase the gel, not the spray. Cats don’t like having something sprayed in their mouths.
Unfortunately, I don’t have video or photos to demonstrate application of the dental gel. Applying the gel is a fast procedure, and I get my cats when they are lounging and relaxed. This makes it difficult to get photos or video in action.
How to apply dental gel to keep your cat’s teeth and gums clean and healthy
Part One: Getting your cat to accept your finger in her or his mouth
Step # 1
For a few days to a week (depending on your cat), just start lightly stroking or rubbing her cheeks when you two are cuddling. Do this several times per day. (Surely, you are cuddling several times a day!)
Step # 2
For the next few days to a week, touch/stroke her lips while doing baby talk. You know….that cute little kitty talk we do.
Step # 3
For the next few days to a week, from behind your cat’s head casually slip your finger between his lips and slide along the upper teeth for a second or two. You will use your right index finger on your cat’s left side teeth. Use your left index finger on your cat’s right side teeth.
Step # 4
Next, you’ll be sliding your finger further back to reach the back upper teeth. You may feel the hard, somewhat rough tartar if there is any. It’s going quite well? Good. You’ve got this!
Optional: You may consider to start having the bottle of DentaSure with you during the finger-in-mouth training. Shake it to mix well. This gets your cat accustomed to the bottle being part of the procedure. Otherwise, you might have to hide the bottle prior to approaching your cat with the gel ready to go on your fingers.
Part Two: Time for DentaSure application
NOTE: you may want to practice the next steps for a few days without using the gel, so that you can become accustomed to the best way and be comfortable and confident with it yourself.
Step # 1
If all has gone well so far, using the gel should be pretty easy. Shake the bottle well. Let your cat know by gently speaking to your cat in your mind that you are going to be giving him some dental gel. It’s an energetic thing–send the vibes.
Step # 2
Let’s say you are treating the right side of the mouth first. Place a small drop of the gel on your left finger. From behind your cat’s head, place your other left 3 fingers firmly yet gently under her chin — with your left index finger free with the gel on it.
Note: Keeping your left fingers under the chin helps to prevent them from opening their mouth to try and quickly lick away the gel off the teeth. Voila! You did it!
Step # 3
Use the right index finger to pull up the right upper lip. Slide your left index finger onto the right upper teeth back and forth a few times.
Step # 4
Treating the left side of kitty’s mouth. Place a small drop of the gel on your right finger. From behind your cat’s head, place your other right 3 fingers firmly yet gently under her chin with your right index finger free with the gel on it.
Note: Keeping your right fingers under the chin helps to prevent them from opening their mouth to try and quickly lick away the gel off the teeth.
Step # 5
Use the left index finger to pull up the left upper lip. Slide your right index finger onto the left upper teeth back and forth a few times.
Step # 6
Be sure to close the bottle nozzle, or the gel left in the nozzle will dry and clog the nozzle.
That’s it! Your cat is on the way to healthier, cleaner teeth and gums and preventing feline dental disease.
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