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I was just wondering how many of you brush your cats' teeth. I read all over the place now about how important it is to brush your feline's teeth once a day with their own special little toothbrush and toothpaste. :) If you do brush, how has it worked out for you and your little one?
 

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Funny you should ask...

At the vet's last week, she noticed Callie was developing some gingivitis, so I got the whole schmiel about the importance of a good tooth brushing. Was told to start with the finger, then, maybe some gauze wrapped finger, then the toothbrush.

Here's a newsflash....cats don't like fingers in the mouth! :lol:

We're working on it verrrryyyy slowwwwlllyyy, still trying to get cats used to this new concept and keep finger intact. 8O

Mostly though, they just run away when they see the gauze.

Suggestions?
 

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HA! Poor Callie having to go through such trauma! :wink: Hopefully, others will have some advice for us. Good luck!
 

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Yeah, I brush my cats teeth and they really seem to enjoy it :D I put some (just a little bit) salt in the water and then I brush. I think they like the taste of the water :wink: However I don't brush their teeth often. Not regulary, only when I see that they are becoming a little bit yellowish, which isn't often since the chunks of raw meat and the chicken necks seem to do a good job on the teeth.
 

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I brush once or twice a week. The girls don't love it but they are pretty well-behaved anyway. I have a rubber figertip brush and a tiny baby brush made just for kitties. Both work just fine.
 

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Rayona said:
I brush once or twice a week. The girls don't love it but they are pretty well-behaved anyway. I have a rubber figertip brush and a tiny baby brush made just for kitties. Both work just fine.
same here!

Bumps however loves getting his teeth brushed and purrs away when i brush his teeth, although he also likes to just sit with my finger in his mouth (I know hes a weird cat)

The only thing was it took me a bit of time to get to know which tooth brush they preferred - bumper will use either brush but prefers the finger ones, magnum & boomer prefer the long baby type brushes and Scully likes the finger one. I also have salmon flavoured toothpaste for them called kittydent.
 

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OK, this REALLY isn't fair :?

....to all you that posted above about your sweet little kitties and their pearly white teeth....can I borrow them for a minute to teach my cats that good hygene doesn't have to be a freaky thing, and it's not that bad?

Maybe this is payback, when I was a kid I hated brushing my teeth. All I can say is thank God the only children I chose to have came in the feline variety. :roll:

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Katsprat said:
OK, this REALLY isn't fair :?

....to all you that posted above about your sweet little kitties and their pearly white teeth....can I borrow them for a minute to teach my cats that good hygene doesn't have to be a freaky thing, and it's not that bad?

Maybe this is payback, when I was a kid I hated brushing my teeth. All I can say is thank God the only children I chose to have came in the feline variety. :roll:

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Well, it's a long way between Sweden and USA, but sure, come over and borrow one of them :wink:
 

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Basic Hygeine

Jimmy won't let us brush his *tummy*, let alone his teeth :evil:
Although we can brush his head and back now, which we couldn't before, so perhaps there is hope...

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I can brush only the front teeth, actually the front part of the front teeth, and only for about 10 seconds. I unfortunately don't do this as often as I should. I tend to do it daily for a week then not at all for a couple of weeks.
 

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Yup, I brush mine every day. I'd been using the pet finger brushes for a year and half, but last month I switched over to small human kid toothbrushes, extra soft. I don't know why I waited so long! It's working out great so far, and I definitely like them better.
 

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Superkitties said:
Yup, I brush mine every day. I'd been using the pet finger brushes for a year and half, but last month I switched over to small human kid toothbrushes, extra soft. I don't know why I waited so long! It's working out great so far, and I definitely like them better.
That's great that you're having such positive results. I'm going to look into those finger brushes. Right now, Skeeter won't let us open his mouth to even LOOK at his teeth. Maybe the toothpaste will be yummy enough that he'll want to open up, though!
 

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Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 1:55 pm
Not regulary, only when I see that they are becoming a little bit yellowish, which isn't often since the chunks of raw meat and the chicken necks seem to do a good job on the teeth.
Sol do you feed the chicken necks in a total raw food diet for your kitties or do you do hard food? If chicken necks work on cleaning their teeth Id like to try. Im trying to avoid them getting diareha if it is too much of a change.
 

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Geez, my brain went on *park* when I made that earlier post :roll: . I meant to add for lolakitty that I started mine out on just q-tips to get them used to me poking around their mouth. If you've got a prob with them even letting you hold their face, just work on that for a little while, then work up to lifting their lips up, etc. A little at a time.
 

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Hey Gabriella! Luckily, we play with Skeeter's paws all the time, so he's used to us touching them for when it's time to clip his nails. He doesn't like to be brushed very often. And even when he will let us, we can only use a baby brush...not one that will get a good amount of loose hair off of him. Good luck training Halifax to cooperate!
 

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i brush my cat's teeth every day ..he has gotten used to it by now and i use the toothbrush i tried that finger one once but it was just not working with me he was more comfortable with a toothbrush..and after it i give him a small treat so he lets me do it now
 

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I brush him while he eats =P and I clip his nails while I give him beef flavored vitamines through a dropper. If I could distract him in some way so I could just brush those teeth... :D
 
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