Fe­line In­fec­tious Peri­toni­tis

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Learn more about the fe­line dis­ease that’s dif­fi­cult to di­ag­nose, and for which there is no vac­cine yet.

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)

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