Cats need healthy teeth and gums in order to enjoy optimal health, and thankfully there are plenty of ways these days to help our feline friends keep their mouths in tip-top shape. Here are some of the ways to help your best cat bud keep a healthy mouth.
#1: Brush your cat’s teeth
It helps to begin brushing your cat’s teeth when he or she is still a young kitten, if anything to simply prepare you both for the process before their permanent teeth arrive. But don’t pull out your extra toothbrush and squeeze a dollop of your own toothpaste onto it, thinking that what works for humans will work for cats.
Instead, invest in an oral hygiene kit for cats, one that includes the type of toothpaste and soft finger brushes specifically designed to keep your cat’s teeth clean and healthy. It helps to find one that cats love the taste of, so that they will come running when it’s time to get their teeth scrubbed.
#2: Add liquid additives to your cat’s water
Try adding a product like the Pet Kiss Plaque and Tartar Water Additive Oral Care for Pets to your cat’s water bowl to try and help encourage better breath and discourage plaque and tartar build-up.
Along with the water bowl that contains the additive, make sure you also include a separate bowl with no additive, because it’s more important for cats to get adequate water than no water at all, if they won’t drink the altered water. However, celebrate if they do take to the water with the additives that aim to prevent oral disease.
#3: Get good tablets, chews & food
There are certain formulations of food that focus on improving your cat’s mouth. For example, Hill’s Science Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Cat Food contains ingredients focused on helping build up a cat’s overall health, as well as fiber technology that scrubs the teeth and reduces the build-up of plaque as the cat eats.
The market is also replete with products like oral hygiene chews, peppermint oral care sprays, and oral supplements that help make the job of creating a healthier mouth for your cat even easier. So even if your cat wrestles you every time they see the toothbrush coming, take advantage of plenty of these other options to help them help themselves to great health.
Main image by Ian Barbour, 2012