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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!

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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:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=56

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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!

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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:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=56

Wow, that article makes it seem so easy.  hmmm.  I'll try it.  Thanks!

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