Monday, August 08, 2005

Toothpaste Gets the Brush-Off

Well, I finally tried something I should have tried about eight months ago. I tried brushing the boys' teeth. I'll try again tomorrow, but I don't think they liked the idea. I bought a few different kinds of tooth cleaner from Drs. Foster and Smith. I got:

I tried letting them lick the toothpaste off my finger. They sniffed my finger, but no real interest in the toothpaste. However, Beowulf was very interested in the dental paste. Unfortunately, the dental paste doesn't have flouride or any of the hardcore tartar-fighting stuff.

How do other people brush cats' teeth?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Avram.. I must say I'm very favourably impressed by your blog. It's a great feeling to read a blog written so well and by a person who obviously loves his pets. I'm an affirmed dog person who started developing a feline bent a few years back. I've never had a cat but my fiance and I are planning to get one next year after we get married. I believe it's complete rot that a person can't be a dog-and-cat person. So I'm trying to read up on cats and that's how I stumbled across your blog. My one main worry is of course taking care of a cat, since we both keep very long hours at work. Anyway I've got some time to figure it out. Keep up the awesome blogging! Cheers, Ishila

Avram said...

I would totally love to adopt a dog someday as well. I think dogs and cats each have something different and special to bring to the table.

I just can't agree with the idea that cats aren't as sweet as dogs. They have a lot to offer.

baileyshelby said...

Hello! I used to feed 'raw' bones to clean the teeth (never feed cooked bones!!!). I also used to feed raw chicken, but I have so many now and so little time. I take them to the vet and have their teeth cleaned. Expensive, yes, but at least it gets them clean. I've used different products in their water, but didn't think they actually worked.

Anonymous said...

I tried the dental rinse in the water thing but it just made my cat vomit (but she vomits easily). But I have been brushing my cat and older kitten's teeth since they were both about 5 months old. They didn't like it at first but now they sort of accept it as their Friday grooming ritual. If I have time, I might brush it more than just on Friday but they definitely get their teeth brushed once a week. I find that both of them like the taste of CET poultry flavored toothpaste (the kitten will even lick the tube while I'm brushing the cat's teeth). They sell it at www.petfooddirect.com and some other websites. Sometimes I have trouble with the toothbrush so these days I just use a Q-tip but make sure to get all their teeth, esp at the gumline and even the back ones - I noticed I was missing those spots but now am extra careful to brush them. Now they have no tartar and no more fishy breath (unless they just had canned food). There are also these poultry flavored CET dental chews which my cat goes crazy for. She usually plays with it for a while before she eats it cuz its cylindrical and rolls around well on the ground when she bats at it like her ball. I found that they were sorta big so I usually cut them in half. They're too big for the kitten just yet. But I've found that both my kitties respond well to the flavor of the CET products. I don't think they use fluoride but rather an enzyme is the main ingredient in their products to treat plaque and tartar. Hope this helps.

Max said...

It just takes time to get them used to it. I think it took Max a good month to get used to having his teeth brushed every day... If you do it every day, at about the same time, sooner or later they won't fight tooth and nail to avoid it. They'll just put up with it.

We first tried the thing that goes over the finger to brush his teeth, but a cat toothbrush just turned out to work better. It worked well with our previous cat, as well. And if you brush every day, the tartar stays under control, even with the toothpaste you buy at places like Petco.

The Whippy Curly Tails said...
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The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Best of luck to you, but I must say I take my kitties to see their favorite vet Dr. Larry for their annual dental exam. My sweet kittes would likely try to eat the paste or run like wild bandits to get away from me. Your kitties are adorable...keep those pics coming!

MrGonSings said...

well, if they don't enjoy the brushing, I'm sure they'll enjoy chewing the brushes anyway!
;)

Your boys are looking great! (I stopped by here, shortly after you had started your blog - glad to see you kept it up)

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jon said...

I was searching for dog info and found this post. I agree totally!

Paul