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- You have two main choices when it comes to toothbrushes for cats – bristle (like humans use) or finger toothbrushes.
- Yes, you do need to brush your cat’s teeth. If you don’t it can lead to tooth loss and organ infection as your pet ages.
- Try to brush your cat’s teeth daily, after meals, if possible. Otherwise, aim for at least a few times a week.
Many people believe that they don’t need to brush their pet cat’s teeth. Cats in the wild have healthy teeth without human intervention, they say. This is true, but there are some big differences between wild and domesticated cats which have a significant impact on their dental health.
Diet is a the main factor. In the wild, cats chew on bones and other tough parts of their prey. They have to spend quite a while ripping it apart before they can actually eat. Chewing on these tough bits acts as the best cat toothbrush and scrubs their teeth clean.
In contrast, domesticated cats have their meals handed to them. Their food is easy-to-chew with no bones. You see the difference? Unless your cat is chewing on kibble specially designed to clean teeth, the brushing action is sorely lacking. Not to worry, with a little work, you can keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. I’m going to explain everything you need to know, so read on 🙂