Dental Health for Cats

A healthy mouth is a healthy cat! Just like us humans, regular trips to the dentist are a must – in fact, we like to see cats in our care once a year, which can be as part of their annual physical examination.

Diet tips for teeth

We simply can’t say enough how important the right food is for a cat’s teeth and gums. Your cat is a little hunter – and no hunter we know of seeks out jelly or gravy mush. Feed them a good quality dry food such as Hill’s Vet Essentials and mouse-sized strips of raw meat twice a week as a meal, which works their scissor-like jaws like nothing else.

Tooth-brushing how-to

Daily cleaning is the best way to care for your cat’s teeth. It can be tricky at first, but if you get them into the habit, they’ll soon let you have your wicked way.

  • Get your kitten used to you handling their mouth and touching their gums. Pop in to see us and we’ll show you how!
  • Pick up a microfibre tooth cleaner from our shop.
  • Use a specialist toothpaste – they come in fishy flavours your cat will enjoy.
  • Take it slow, introducing the toothpaste on a cotton bud so that they get used to the taste.
  • Gradually get them used to the feel of the brush, without toothpaste to begin with.
  • Once they’re taking it in their stride, give it a go with the toothpaste and brush.
  • Repeat daily, preferably before bedtime.
  • Getting your cat used to having their mouth touched also means that they’re less likely to need anaesthetic for any dental treatment in later life.