NVR-Brushing a cat's teeth?!
A couple of weeks ago I took my cat to the vet for a checkup. I was told that she has some gingivitis and may have to get some teeth pulled :( She had one already pulled last year when she had her teeth cleaned. The vet told me that I can try brushing her teeth every day for a month and then bring her back for another checkup. They gave me special "toothpaste" and told me to us a Q-tip. I want to do everything I can to prevent her loosing more teeth, but let me tell you, this is not easy!!!! It's a battle every night. My boyfriend has to scruff her and hold her on her side while I pry her mouth open and try to brush her teeth while she whines. It's exhausting for us and torture for her and I can't even get to all of her teeth to do a good job.
Has anyone ever had to do something like this? Is there an easier method? Any advice? Thanks!
I think the brand is called greenies. They make treats for cats and dogs with a mixture of herbs in them that are very good for teeth and remove a lot of tarter. Booboo kitty will sit for them, he likes them so much, and his teeth are in incredibly good shape for 14 years. Good luck!
I was told to start slowly with the brushing process. I have been a bad mommy and haven't brushed my cats' teeth for a while, but here's a helpful site:
I can't imagine any cat I've owned putting up with it, but if yours can, more power, I guess. Here in Spain I've read a recommendation of using lemon juice, of all things! :oCats hate the smell of citrus, so that's a non-starter if ever I heard one!