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Brushing your cats teeth.

cat dental healthWe all want to be the best cat owner we can possibly be. We make sure they have all the things. The right food, the perfect litter, cat trees, toys, and more. One thing that owners often overlook is their cats’ teeth. That is right, your cat needs to have their teeth cared for too. Cats can suffer from dental disease just like humans do. If plaque is allowed to build up it hardens into tartar. This can lead to things like cavities, gingivitis, tooth abscesses, and this can shorten their life.  We know that you want to take good care of your cats’ teeth and avoid expensive bills that come from lack of care. We have some tips to help you with your cat’s oral health.


Did you know that you can use a baby toothbrush? They are gentle on your cats’ gums and the short handle makes it easy to control.

Finger toothbrushes. A finger toothbrush fits over your finger just like the name indicates. These give you better control when trying to brush your cats’ teeth.

When starting to brush your cats’ teeth be patient. It may take time for your cat to get comfortable with the process and any seasoned cat owner knows that getting a cat to cooperate with anything can be a challenge.


There are many options available for a toothpaste for kitties. The key thing is to make sure that you are choosing a non-toxic formula. The cat will not be rinsing their mouth after brushing and will swallow the toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste. There are many ingredients in people’s toothpaste that can make your cat sick. Get a toothpaste that is specifically meant for cats. Do not get discouraged if your cat does not like the toothpaste right away. You can always try a couple of different ones to see which they seem to be most receptive to. They have great flavors like fish! YUM!

Pet food and treats.

Did you know that there is pet food made for dental care?  Drop into your local Albuquerque pet store and you can ask them about pet food that will help with your cat’s dental care.

Make sure to talk to us about your cats’ dental health when you come in. We are happy to help give you some advice on keeping your cats smile healthy. If your cat is ready for a good professional feline dental cleaning, call to make an appointment.