do cats need teeth brushed

Like us, cats need daily dental care to help decrease plaque and prevent tartar accumulation. Teaching your cat to accept you brushing their teeth will take some training, but it will be relatively easy once they become used to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine.

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Regular brushing will make all cats healthier, more comfortable, and likely to live longer because unbrushed teeth can become infected, loosen, and fall out. The bacteria that cause dental disease can harm the entire body, but particularly the kidneys, heart, lungs, and liver. This is uncomfortable and unhealthy. Your cat’s teeth and gums should be cleaned by your veterinarian while they are sedated if they are already inflamed and infected. Although brushing your cat’s teeth is best done when they are young, older cats can also learn to tolerate it.

Since nearly all of the tartar forms on the outside surfaces of the teeth, you don’t need to pry the mouth open. YOU DON’T NEED TO BRUSH THE INSIDE OF THE TEETH! Try to get back into the corners, though!.

It’s okay for your cat to eat after brushing, and they will cooperate much more when they anticipate a reward. ALWAYS GIVE YOUR CAT A TREAT OR MEAL AFTERWARDS!

Start off very slowly if your cat is extremely nervous or head-shy. The first few times, you might want to just hold the head still or look under the lips before rewarding them with a treat. Work up to brushing slowly if you have to.

It may be time to have your cat’s teeth examined by your veterinarian if rough tartar has begun to build up along the gum line. If they discover severe decay, they might suggest a tooth extraction or a thorough cleaning.

If you decide to start brushing your cat’s teeth, be aware that cats need toothpaste designed specifically for them because fluoride is poisonous to both dogs and cats. Once you have all the necessary equipment, we advise introducing the process gradually. First, let them taste the special toothpaste. On another day, introduce them to having their teeth touched. On another start holding their mouth open, etc. Eventually (hopefully) they’ll get used to it over time. Praise and rewards are a must, as always.

Note: Dental cleanings are crucial for your cat’s health and comfort, and frequent visits may be required if your cat doesn’t like to be brushed at home.

Short answer? Yes, but you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t. 73% of cat owners say they never brush their cat’s teeth, and another 14% say they rarely do, according to a 2015 poll. To be fair to 87% of cat owners, it does feel a little unnatural to stick your fingers in a cat’s mouth. It’s not a pleasant chore. We understand.

But studies suggest that most domestic cats older than four end up developing dental disease, which can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. When left untreated, dental disease can cost a cat one or more teeth and even threaten their overall health.


What happens if I don’t brush my cat’s teeth?

All cats are healthier, more comfortable and likely to live longer if they have their teeth brushed regularly! Unbrushed teeth tend to become infected and may loosen and fall out. This is painful and unhealthy, and the bacteria in dental disease can affect the whole body, especially the kidneys, heart, lungs and liver.

Do cats really need their teeth cleaned?

Bottom Line. The best way to avoid periodontal disease in your cat is regular dental care cleanings. Dental problems that aren’t addressed promptly can lead to infections, heart problems, kidney disease, or even oral cancer, Rohrig says.

How can I clean my cat’s teeth without brushing them?

Unlike cat toothpaste, cat tooth gel is designed to work without brushing. You can use your finger or a swab to gently wipe the gel on your cat’s teeth and gums. The dental gel gets spread around your cat’s mouth as it mixes with their saliva, reducing the bacterial film on teeth.

How do cats brush their teeth in the wild?

In the wild, cats clean their teeth by chewing on bone and grass. Thankfully, for domestic cats, there are a few products that can help keep their teeth in tip-top shape.