5 Essential Tips to Maintain Your Cat’s Dental Health

| February 2, 2024

A clean mouth isn’t just for humans, cats require proper dental care too. As with many health issues, prevention is always the best path to avoid pain, discomfort, and severe health problems. Here are five important tips that will keep those pearly whites healthy, clean, and fresh! 

Regular Veterinary Check-ups

Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to monitor your cat’s oral health. A professional dental examination can identify any potential issues early on and help prevent them from escalating into more serious problems. A professional eye can diagnose hard-to-spot tooth or gum decay due to plaque and tartar buildup.

Dental Diet

Consider incorporating a dental-specific diet into your cat’s meal plan. The VOHC seal of acceptance is a good way to determine if diets or treats have demonstrated dental efficacy. These diets are designed to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. The kibble’s texture and size can scrape the plaque and tartar off their teeth as they crunch down. Filling their belly while simultaneously preventing plaque and tartar buildup has never been easier!

Dental Treats and Toys

Providing dental treats and toys is an enjoyable way for your cat to engage in natural chewing behaviours while helping to scrape away any unwanted plaque or tartar on the teeth. Did you know that chewing releases endorphins so that they feel happier, less stressed, and more content in their homes? From chews, to wiggle worms, to plush toys, and more, your cat will simultaneously be having fun while cleaning their teeth all in one go!

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Although it may require patience and training, brushing your cat’s teeth is one of the most effective ways to maintain oral hygiene. Start gradually by letting your cat get used to the toothbrush. Choose a brush with soft bristles to make it easier for them to adjust. Be patient while they get used to the sensation of having their teeth brushed. You should always associate their toothbrush with something positive like a treat to make the process less stressful.

Professional Dental Care

Toronto Humane Society’s Public Veterinary Services dental program is designed for young and healthy animals who would benefit from a preventative dental cleaning and treatment. Once you book an appointment, you’ll be asked to come in for a surgical consultation with one of our veterinarians to evaluate your pet’s overall health. Please note that appointments are going fast, and appointment availability is limited. You can also get in touch with your veterinarian to figure out when you should book a dental cleaning appointment.  

Keeping your cat’s teeth clean shouldn’t feel like a chore. This is a great experience to bond with your cat by playing games with their favourite dental toys, rewarding them with dental treats, or holding them when brushing their teeth. A little dedication to their oral hygiene today can pave the way for years of shared adventures and heartwarming purrs tomorrow.