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1) Get your cat used to the motions of having its teeth brushed. Gently massage its gums with your fingers or with a cotton swab. 2) Upon getting used to the routine, a cat must be acclimated to the taste of its toothpaste. Dab a small amount on your finger or cotton swab and proceed as before. If your cat does not positively respond to the taste, search for other formulations until you find one that suits. 3) Introduce the brushing implement. Cat toothbrushes are smaller in size than human toothbrushes and have softer bristles. There is also a wearable variant, which can be placed on the pet owner’s finger for easy maneuverability. 4) The length of training depends on your cat’s temperament, but it generally takes daily sessions from one to two months for a cat to get used to an oral care routine.
Note: The American Veterinary Dental College advises against using toothpaste formulated for humans, since these contain abrasives and high foaming agents that are harmful when ingested by cats. It strongly suggests the use of chlorhexidine oral rinses or gels, which have been proven to be the most effective anti-plaque antiseptic for pets.
(Adapted from “Ten Steps to Dental Health” by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,” https://www.aspca.org/ pet-care/cat-care/ten-steps-dentalhealth)