A proper dental care wellness routine can help increase general contentment in the daily life of your cat. Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, here are four tips for ways to be proactive about your feline friend’s care routine:
- Brush. This is best accomplished when you start a routine with young cats. However, cats are eager learners and can adjust to that new routine as long as your stick with it. Daily brushing with a finger or bristle brush is recommended to prevent tooth decay or gum disease in cats. If your cat is resistant to these measures, try dipping a finger brush in a little wet tuna or canned chicken. Be patient with your cat’s learning curve and offer positive reinforcement when necessary. And remember, cats require their own special toothpaste. Never use fluoride toothpaste, as it can make your cat very ill.
- Give them the Greenies! Your cat wants treats, so give them the Greenies! The right treats can help to remove accrued tartar and mineral deposits around the gums and can stimulate the gums to remove plaque and build-up. Just make sure you check that your treats meet the standards of the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
- Play. Playing with your cat can help them to strengthen teeth and support oral health by removing build-up around the teeth and gums. Some hard toys specifically provide dental care benefits for your cat.
- Care for your cat and they will care for you. Always take your cat for regular check-ups and inquire with a medical professional regarding any concerns you may have. Your dental professional can also help to recommend a healthful dietary source for your cat that may be able to address any dental issues your cat is experiencing. Don’t ignore the signs. If your cat has bad breath, an increased salivary reaction, or bleeding gums, these are signs that your cat may need attention from a veterinarian that provides oral care.
Recognizing a cat’s dental concerns can be a costly experience because you may not be able to see the signs when your cat is experiencing discomfort. However, preventive measures can help to alleviate these types of cat care concerns.