Taking care of your cat’s teeth between visits is the best way to promote a healthy mouth. Ideally, a cat’s teeth should be brushed every day with a pet-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, but even brushing once or twice a week is beneficial!
Many cats are resistant to brushing, but there are a few tricks you can use to help your cat grow accustomed to it. First, give your cat a small sample of the toothpaste to introduce the taste. When brushing, use gentle motions. Afterwards, reward your cat with playtime, affection, or a healthy treat to positively reinforce the brushing process.
If you cat does not accept brushing, there are dental diets, chews, treats, and toys that can help break down plaque and tartar between visits. Ask your veterinarian to make recommendations based on your pet’s specific needs.