Brushing your cat's teeth is the best way to ensure clean teeth and healthy gums. However brushing daily is sometimes not an option. An aspirational toothbrush doesn't give kitty any benefits, so you might as well bin it.
But not all is lost! This week we've gathered some smart solutions for cleaning your cat's teeth. While these alternatives cannot totally replace the benefits of brushing they can help to clean teeth, slow down plaque build up and fight bacteria that causes bad breath.
1. Use no-brushing gel
As a busy pawrent, you may be too preoccupied with other things to set aside time for regular teeth brushing, or perhaps your feline friend is just not fond of brushing at all. Some pawrents find that their cats are just too aggressive for them to do it.
We have two (2) no-brushing alternatives for you. Unlike the normal cat toothpaste that requires brushing, these alternatives require no brushing at all.
Spray directly onto your cat’s teeth and gums. Your cat will start to lick her lips repeated. This helps to coat the gel unto the cat’s teeth and gums. Do not give food and water for 30 minutes before and after application for maximum effect.
They fast-acting gel or foam will kill off germs that cause bad breath, gingivitis, and plaque.
2. Add water additives
Water additives helps to slow down plaque build up. It’s an easy, fuss-free solution to keep your cats breathe fresh! Just add 1 capful of the TropiClean Fresh Breath Water Additive For Catsto your cat’s water bowl every time you refill it. The liquid is odourless and tasteless.
Take note that if you are using a cat fountain with filter, the filter may remove these water additives. Do not add to pet fountain and do not use water additives if your cat has a sensitive tummy.
3. Cat dental treats
Give cat dental treats for bad breath and cleaner teeth. These dental treats are abrasive enough to effectively scrub off plaque when your cat is chewing on them. They also help in massaging and stimulating your cat’s gums. Cat dental chews should not solely be relied on for dental care. They are a useful addition to your cat’s home dental care routine, especially for busy pawrent who may not be able to perform regular teeth brushing. We love to treat our pets. So, why not give them a treat that will clean their mouth as well?
Just like the cat dental treats, these toys are designed with a texture that helps to scrub your cat’s teeth as they chew on it. A chew toy is especially good for teething kittens and habitual chewers. It will keep them occupied for hours, providing both mental and gums stimulation.
Things to look for when shopping for cat chew toys
Durability. Chew toys that can withstand lots of teething, gnawing, ripping, shredding.
Health benefits. Choose chew toys that are specifically designed to help with dental health.
Safety. Avoid plastic toys, toxic materials or toys with super sharp edges that may hurt your cat’s mouth when they start chewing.
Kong makes high quality, chew toys for dogs and cats. The Kong Refillable Beaver Catnip Cat Toy is a pretty durable plush toy and can stand up to the cats’ roughest play. Fill the toy with catnip and replace when the catnip loses its potency. A bonus is all the Kong refillable catnip toys come with a vial of catnip to get your kitty started right out of the box.
Finally, let’s not forget the cat’s diet, the foundation to strong healthy teeth and gums. As much as possible, feed them a good quality, nutritious diet. A diet that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and good omega-3 fats. Avoid diets that are high in simple carbohydrates, synthetic preservatives and colourings.
These non-brushing alternatives, cat dental treats and chew toys can be easily included into your cat's regular dental care routine., especially if your cat is not fond of brushing. They will not replace good old teeth brushing but will help to slow down plague build up, keeping bad breath at bay.
Katherine is a Pet Nutrition Specialist and GDP’s Pet Wellness Advisor. She is committed to helping pet owners make informed dietary and lifestyle choices in nurturing healthy pets. Katherine is also a practicing Nutritional Therapist (human nutrition) and have been helping hundreds of clients to heal naturally with nutrients.