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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Teeth brushing

Do you brush your cat's teeth? If so, what do you use? My vet said to use gauze (or nylon such as panty hose). I have been using gauze but was wondering if a toothbrush (which one?) would work better? Also it is hard to find the rough gauze, most of what I can find is pretty soft.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 12:29 PM
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My suggestion would be a toothbrush made for an infant or toddler. They're small and not too rough.

I would use an enzymatic toothpaste such as CET. It works even if you don't scrub the teeth. The primary concern with it is getting it on the teeth.

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I haven't been brave enough to do this yet, but I want to give it a try sometime as well. I've seen little brush things that you just put over your finger, that looked like a good idea to me.
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Something like this one



Same here, haven't been brave enough to do it. All I did was to give him feline greenies and Proden which helps very much with his breath, not sure if it really does help with tartar problem cos he didn't have such problem in the 1st place.
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I don't know why I didn't think of a baby toothbrush - thanks for the suggestion!

I tried the plastic fingertip brush. They hate it. But the one I had that came with toothpaste wasn't very soft. I will definitely try the baby brush.


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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 05:36 AM
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What would be good to use for toothpaste?
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I use a malt flavored cat toothpaste that they like. The trick is to find one they like. My vet said you can use dog toothpaste also - the stores around here seem to carry more flavors for dogs than cats, but my boys like the malt flavored cat toothpaste.


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I have tried to brush my cats teeth a few times - but have been defeated. Her will has the strength of an elephant. I will try again soon.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 10:42 AM
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Tequila will let me brush his teeth without too much hassle. With Maya, I let her chew on the brush and I wiggle it around her mouth. It's better than nothing.
I use a little tooth brush that has a tip on the end given to me by the vet with the CET chicken flavor toothpaste.
As well, I give Tequila an enzadent dental chew. He loves them, Maya not so much. But the dental chews also help.
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All I did was to give him feline greenies and Proden which helps very much with his breath, not sure if it really does help with tartar problem cos he didn't have such problem in the 1st place.
I use Proden PlaqueOff and think it's great! Tinker had bad tartar and red gums and after 10 weeks I saw a huge improvement. I think someone said that when it's eaten it releases something that comes out in the saliva and makes like a film over the teeth to stop stuff sticking to it?
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