Just like us, our cats can get dental disease — and like we do, they benefit from tooth brushing. But first, your feline friend needs to buy into it.
The key is taking things slowly. First, place your cat on a counter and stand behind her as you massage her cheeks and lips. Do this for several days until she gets used to it. Next, put some cat toothpaste on your finger and let her lick it. Chances are she’ll like this part, so repeat the routine daily to pique her interest. The next step is to rub your toothpaste-coated finger along the outside of your cat’s teeth where tartar accumulates. You don’t need to open her mouth—just gently stabilize her head while you rub. Finally, switch out your finger for your cat’s toothbrush.
Daily brushing goes a long way toward cutting down your cat’s need for dental cleanings.