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How do I Brush My Cat's Teeth?

How to brush my cat's teeth

Why Is it Essential to Brush My Cat's Teeth?

Brushing your cat's teeth isn't just about avoiding a mouth that smells like last week's fish dinner; it's about keeping their overall health in check. Just like skipping leg day can lead to imbalance, ignoring dental health can lead to a cascade of health problems. From the dreaded gum disease to the potential for organ impact, the consequences are real. But fear not! An early start on a teeth-cleaning regimen can turn the tide, ensuring your cat enjoys a life filled with more purrs and fewer dental woes (or hissing in pain).


Before diving into the world of feline dental care, here's a pro tip: snag a vet's blessing before you begin a brushing routine. A quick check-up can reveal if your cat's mouth is ready for brushing or if there are hidden issues that need addressing first. After all, starting a brushing routine on an unhealthy mouth can be painful —it might do more harm than good. Not only that, but your cat will start associating brushing with being negative and painful (which we never want!)

Understanding Your Cat's Teeth and Gum Needs

With 30 teeth armed and ready, your cat's mouth is a fortress that requires upkeep to fend off the sneaky invaders known as plaque and tartar. Ignoring oral hygiene can lead to the dreaded duo of gum disease and decay, setting the stage for serious health battles. Keep an eye out for the warning flags of dental distress: bad breath, excessive drooling, and a sudden case of the 'I'm not hungry.' These signs are your cat's clues that they need help.

What Signs Indicate My Cat Needs Their Teeth Cleaned?

If your cat's breath could clear a room, it's time to embark on a dental cleaning adventure. Look out for the hallmarks of dental discomfort: drooling like a fountain, eating with hesitation, or mouth pawing that seems less like grooming and more like a distress signal. Regular dental check-ups are your best defense, catching issues before they escalate into full-blown dental dramas.

Choosing the Right Tools for Cleaning Your Cat's Teeth

Arm yourself with the right tools for this mission: soft-bristled, cat-specific brushes and cat-friendly toothpaste that tastes more like a treat than a chore. Human toothpaste is off the menu because HUMAN TOOTHPASTE IS TOXIC FOR CATS. Instead, use an enzymatic pet toothpaste approved by the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council), or even more simply, coconut oil! Dive into our toolkit with products like RYERCAT's brushes, designed to navigate the unique landscape of your cat's mouth without hitting sensitive spots like the Jacobson’s Organ.

Brushing Positions and Techniques

Wondering how to wrangle your cat for a brushing session without it turning into a wild rodeo? We've got you covered with our "Teeth Brushing Positions'' guide, complete with strategies for keeping both you and your cat comfortable during the process. Check out the video linked above for a step-by-step tutorial that makes brushing less of a chore and more of a bonding moment. Remember, finding the right position is like discovering the secret to a peaceful coexistence—it's a game-changer.

How Can I Gently Introduce My Cat to Toothbrushing?

Ease your cat into toothbrushing by putting a liquid treat (think tuna water or Churu) on the toothbrush, making it super desirable to your cat. This first step is all about positive associations—no toothpaste in sight yet.

Next, let them taste the treat from the toothbrush, building trust and familiarity with the concept of oral care as something enjoyable. Once they're on board with this, you can start brushing their teeth with treats, to gently acclimate them to the sensation of bristles.

With this foundation of trust and tasty experiences, introduce a dab of cat-friendly toothpaste to the mix. By gradually layering these elements, your cat learns that toothbrushing time is synonymous with treat time, sidestepping any potential aversion to new and unfamiliar sensations.

This phased approach ensures toothbrushing becomes a welcomed part of your cat’s routine, seamlessly blending into their daily grooming rituals with ease and enjoyment.

Remember, even a few seconds of brushing is a win when you first start. Celebrate the small victories with your cat by praising them, playing with them, and giving them treats & love after each session. 

How Often Should I Brush My Cat's Teeth for Optimal Health?

For pristine dental health, daily brushing is the pinnacle, effectively keeping plaque and tartar at bay. While the ideal is to brush your cat's teeth once every day, it's understandable that this may require a period of adjustment. Start slowly, gradually working up to a daily routine. This approach ensures your cat becomes comfortable with the process, making dental care a cherished part of your bonding time.

What Should I Do If My Cat Resists Brushing?

Meet resistance with creativity. Think of the brush and paste as new toys, enhanced with the allure of treats and cuddles, transforming skepticism into eager anticipation. But if the usual approach hits a snag, consider delightful alternatives like RYERCAT's silvervine sticks, designed to keep those teeth gleaming and engage your cat's playful spirit, all without the fuss.

Remember - the biggest takeaway is to pay attention to your cat's dental care.  Checking the chomps once in a while is what we want to be doing as a bare minimum. 


Embarking on your cat's dental care journey might seem daunting, but armed with the right tools, a dash of patience, and a sprinkle of humor, you're well on your way to becoming a dental care superhero. Remember, it's not just about fighting plaque; it's about ensuring your cat's health and happiness are top-notch. So grab that brush, coax your cat into a comfy brushing position, and prepare for a journey filled with laughter, bonding, and the sweet victory of clean teeth.