FAQ'S on RYERCAT
What is the RYERCAT Toothbrush?
The most modern & innovative cat toothbrush, developed and patented by a cat loving family from Vancouver, Canada. Stop your cat from becoming a statistic, as 70% of all cats over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease.
Suitable for cats & kittens of all ages
Whether you have a kitten or big fat cat, the RYERCAT Toothbrush is suitable & small enough for all ages. Measuring only 0.8mm, the round head can easily slip into a small kitten's mouth. Because of the incredibly small size, you’ll brush your adult cat’s teeth effortlessly as they are not resisting a large toothbrush or finger.
Care & Replacement Tips
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should replace a manual toothbrush every three to four months, for both humans & cats! If you use your brush for much longer than that, the bristles will start to become frayed and worn, and they won't be as effective at clearing away plaque.
As for cleaning, we recommend rinsing thoroughly after each use & let it completely dry before putting it away. These brushes are also dishwasher safe for the top rack & this is a great thing to do every 2 weeks to keep the bacteria at bay!
Frequently Asked Questions
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It’s totally tough at first, just don’t give up!! You’ll get better at it and so will your cat. It’s a learning process for both of you. Go slow, and over time try for longer periods of brushing. Under 5 seconds of brushing to start with is a win! Always use positive reinforcement afterwards to make your cat associate brushing their teeth with being happy after.
Very few people are aware that brushing their cat’s teeth is important. 70% of cats over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease. This can be super painful for your sweet kitty, and such an expensive lesson to learn. Now is a great time to start! (After consulting your veterinarian!)
It is recommended to brush your cat’s teeth at least once a day.
It is recommended to brush your cat’s teeth for about 30 seconds on each side. This will probably be impossible when you first introduce teef brushing, so be kind to yourself and your cat!!
If there is an existing buildup we’d recommend visiting your vet first to assess. Usually, brushing will not remove the current tartar and plaque. You may need to have your kitty go in for a dental cleaning. In the meantime; work on touches and holding your cat in toothbrushing positions. Put your cat's favorite treat on the toothbrush to lick off!
The "pick" side of the toothbrush is used to pick or gently scrape out the excess food inbetween the back molars. You'll often find some leftover snacks in those back teeth that get stuck and can cause issues later on. Never use this side to brush vigorously back and forth as the bristles are a bit more stiff on this end
Regular brushing with a super soft brush doesn’t bother them at all unless there is some underlying issue (like infection, plaque/tartar, gingivitis). If your cat is struggling during the brushing part, make sure to get them first checked by a veterinarian. If the veterinarian clears you for brushing, then work on small sessions (under 10 seconds) with positive reinforcement so your cat can learn how to accept the toothbrush!
Start touching their mouths as soon as possible. Find a toothpaste they like & start while they are small so that it becomes normal for them. Usually, kittens that are weaned from their mum will be able to start accepting small teef brushing sessions.
Yes, It is advisable that each of them has a separate toothbrush to prevent the infection or bacteria from spreading from one cat to the other. Imagine sharing your toothbrush with your brother… GROSS!
According to the CDC, You should change your cat’s toothbrush every 3 months, or if the bristles are becoming frayed. However, RYERCAT toothbrushes tend to last a bit longer, and you likely can get 4-6 months out of them before needing a replacement.
There are 3 positions we would recommend to try when you first start brushing.
1. Position your cat in your lap so that their head is against your knee. They will be in a belly up position. If the cat is not cooperative, wrap their body with the blanket to protect you from their paws. Some cats may not like this position as its more vulnerable (but our cats get brushed this way!)
2. Make your cat sit on the floor or counter. Come in behind them and tilt their head back. They will naturally try to back up, which would be into your body. By positioning them this way, you have more control and their paws/claws are facing outward.
3. Let your cat sit in its carrier - Similar to the 2nd position, if they try to back up they will hit the back of their carrier. This position is not optimal if you have a cat that bites or swats (as their paws & jaws are facing you).
Yes, but not as often. A cat's tongue is very rough so the inside of their mouth is often scraped by their tongue. The biggest places that you can find plaque build up is in the back teeth on the outside. Personally, we only brush the inside aspect of the teeth once a week.
An Enzymatic Cat Specific Toothpaste. MUST NOT HAVE FLUORIDE AS ITS TOXIC TO CATS!! Be sure to also check ingredients for cancer causing elements like CARPOL-943 (which has benzene particles in it). Our cat specific formula will be ready soon!! We are just finalizing our formula and factory process.
A Rice sized amount is plenty. You do not need much at all. Otherwise, follow the directions on the toothpaste bottle/box you are using. Make sure to check with your veterinarian prior to using any type of pet toothpaste.
Yes. Most cat toothpastes are safe to swallow. Our toothpaste that is being forumated is completely safe for cats to swallow.
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PLEASE DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE ON YOUR CAT. IT IS TOXIC FOR THEM. Dog toothpastes are full of sugar (Seen on the ingredient list as dextrose), and cats cannot taste sweet and that’s actually upsetting on their tummy (so dextrose in the ingredients is not suggested for your cat toothpaste of choice).