Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Clean And Healthy

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They need them to eat, to protect themselves, yet for seven out of ten cats, teeth troubles begin by the time they are three.The key to healthy feline teeth is regular at home and professional cleaning but many well-meaning pet owners don’t know how important this is. And it’s not completely their fault. “Most veterinarians don’t address dental health in cats,” says Dr. Michel Selmer, veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington Station, N.Y. A vocal advocate for the importance of dental health in pets, Selmer devotes 20 percent of his practice to oral issues.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month — and for the sake of 70 percent of American kitties — Paw Nation asked Selmer for tips on how to keep your cat’s mouth in good shape.The process starts when they’re kittens, with pet owners using a finger cot or gauze and toothpaste made specifically for them. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dipping your finger in tuna water before rubbing it on your kitty’s gums to make the experience more pleasant. If you’re uncomfortable, or you have just adopted an older cat who won’t stomach your finger in his mouth, a once-yearly cleaning at the vet’s office is recommended by the AVMA, beginning after a cat turns two.

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Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Clean And Healthy

cat-mouth

They need them to eat, to protect themselves, yet for seven out of ten cats, teeth troubles begin by the time they are three.The key to healthy feline teeth is regular at home and professional cleaning but many well-meaning pet owners don’t know how important this is. And it’s not completely their fault. “Most veterinarians don’t address dental health in cats,” says Dr. Michel Selmer, veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington Station, N.Y. A vocal advocate for the importance of dental health in pets, Selmer devotes 20 percent of his practice to oral issues.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month — and for the sake of 70 percent of American kitties — Paw Nation asked Selmer for tips on how to keep your cat’s mouth in good shape.The process starts when they’re kittens, with pet owners using a finger cot or gauze and toothpaste made specifically for them. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dipping your finger in tuna water before rubbing it on your kitty’s gums to make the experience more pleasant. If you’re uncomfortable, or you have just adopted an older cat who won’t stomach your finger in his mouth, a once-yearly cleaning at the vet’s office is recommended by the AVMA, beginning after a cat turns two.

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