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How often do you clean your cat's teeth?

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Allinafankle Fri 23-Sep-16 19:14:55

We don't. And no-one I know does either, including someone who runs a cat charity, but we got told off by our vet st the weekend for not doing it. Little man apparently has a touch of gingivitis and now I feel rotten.
If you do it, was it easy to get your cat used to it? I can't see it going down too well with him!

Natsku Fri 23-Sep-16 19:15:49

We're supposed to clean their teeth?!

ILoveMyMonkey Fri 23-Sep-16 19:16:42

brew never and like you I don't know anyone that does either. Wouldn't even know where to start.

ILoveMyMonkey Fri 23-Sep-16 19:17:24

Hmmm not sure what the tea cup is about, it was meant to be confused

cozietoesie Fri 23-Sep-16 19:18:00

Your vet told you off for not cleaning his teeth.

Is this your regular vet?

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Fri 23-Sep-16 19:18:32

Every morning when they get out of their bunk beds.
And every night after supper but before their story.

Teamoaktree Fri 23-Sep-16 19:19:04

How bizarre

Yawnyawnallday Fri 23-Sep-16 19:20:20

If I remember I give her some stuff to lick off my finger that is supposed to be good for dental health. I would stick a toothbrush thing in her mouth NEVER.

MissLadyM Fri 23-Sep-16 19:21:09

I feed my cats dry food only which helps and I use a toothpaste which is easy - no brushing. I just put a blob on their paw once a week and they lick it off. It contains enzymes so you don't need to brush. I've never met anyone who actually uses a brush to clean them

cozietoesie Fri 23-Sep-16 19:21:35

Well you can do it. In fact, some people swear by it. The motion of being told off for not cleaning them is a little odd however.

cozietoesie Fri 23-Sep-16 19:22:35


(Sorry - I was laughing too hard.)

Allinafankle Fri 23-Sep-16 19:24:51

Well that makes me feel better, thanks all! It's my normal vet's surgery but not the vet I normally see. He has dry food once a day. It honestly never crossed my mind to do it - it's not as if you see wild cats brushing and flossing is it?! grin

Yawnyawnallday Fri 23-Sep-16 19:24:54

I think some cats are more prone to tooth trouble than others. That said, I had sister cats one had to have a couple of teeth pulled and the other had no trouble- they were lovely moggies so can't say if one breed is more prone than others.

HyacinthBouquetNo1 Fri 23-Sep-16 19:31:33

Well if i enjoyed looking like i had just had a mauling from a puma, i might give it a go! grinBut no i have never cleaned my cats teeth, they wouldnt let me. They eat james wellbeloved biscuits and are 12 and 11 and the vet always says they have lovely teeth.

cozietoesie Fri 23-Sep-16 19:34:42

I actually bought a cat toothbrush and toothpaste once. (It went in the bin long ago.) In its favour, I suppose it might make cats less 'mouth-sensitive' - most of my cats have gone bananas if you tried to look inside their mouth.

yeOldeTrout Fri 23-Sep-16 19:50:18

Vet says our cats' teeth are good, so never mentioned any need to clean (phew). I suppose with the help of several DC to contain all claws, one of the teenagers might enjoy a bit of cat sadism.

Allinafankle Fri 23-Sep-16 19:53:16

I do fear for my fingers should I decide to have a go!

Vinorosso74 Fri 23-Sep-16 22:32:29

I have never cleaned a cat's teeth nor has a vet ever told me off for not doing so. Vinocat has lots of things wrong with her but every vet she has seen has remarked on her good teeth. So at least something is ok!

problembottom Sat 24-Sep-16 17:58:40

I run a plaque wipe over my cat's teeth daily after the vet said he was prone to gingivitis. I had no idea cats had their teeth cleaned either! He tolerates it as he gets a Dreamie afterwards.

Makes me laugh when I think back to my cat growing up who never had her teeth cleaned or fur groomed, drank a saucer of milk a day, snacked on cube of mature cheddar cheese and ate copious amounts of Whiskas tins and biscuits. She lived to a ripe old age.

dementedma Sat 24-Sep-16 18:01:29

Never. Value my life too much

RiverTam Sat 24-Sep-16 18:07:49

Never. Semi-feral cats here, they would rip your arm off!

WalkerBait Sat 24-Sep-16 18:11:08

Rosie already gives me the 'don't you dare' look I can just imagine going near her with a toothbrush.

WeirdAndPissedOff Sat 24-Sep-16 18:12:35

It does seem odd your vet telling you off for that. Ours tells us off for using wet food instead, though. blush
I have heard it is recommended to brush cats' teeth, but don't know anyone who would dare try it!

In saying that, I did buy a toothbrush and paste about 2 months ago to try on one of ours - supposedly if you take baby steps you can gradually get them used to it. But as of now it is still in the packaging, and will probably remain there as even if I could somehow not lose my hand doing it, I can't imagine trying to pin down and brush the teeth of 5 cats every single day!

And as a pp said most cats are somewhat sensitive over their mouths anyway. When we've had dental problems or swollen lips before, I haven't even been able to get a proper look!

So I wouldn't feel bad over not brushing.
If you ever did want to, though, you can find guides online as to how to get your cat used to it. And then you can update us with your progress/battle scars

MissBattleaxe Sat 24-Sep-16 18:13:29

I couldn't brush my cat's teeth. They won't allow me to use free will or do anything they don't agree with. I do, however, wish they would at least try a bloody Polo from time to time. The breath!

MyNewBearTotoro Sat 24-Sep-16 18:31:35

Never, but I give my cat dry food in addition to wet food daily as dry food is meant to help keep teeth cleaner.

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