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Hello,

I have a 6 year old male cat. He only likes dry food.
I use chewing toys made for dental purpose.
Should I buy him a dental brush and tooth paste for cats?
If yes, any safe brand you recommend? or any ingredients I should be avoiding?
Thanks.

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Hi there,
It is wonderful that you are looking to care for his teeth. Dental disease is a big problem and prevention is key.

You can either add something to his drinking water, I very much like Healthy Mouth as there is lots of research to say it does work. Details here: http://www.healthymouth.com/

Otherwise, yes you can brush his teeth. There are various cat toothpastes that you can use, but if you get a chicken or beef flavoured cat-safe toothpaste on you have more chance of it being accepted. Then you can either use a fingerbrush designed for pets or a soft baby toothbrush. Just brush the outside of the teeth, as the tongue takes care of the inside. Ideally you need to brush daily.

I've written some information here: https://www.lovethatpet.com/cats/grooming/brushing-your-cats-teeth-dental-care-for-your-pet/

Hope that helps, let me know how you go. The key is to start gradually just with some pet toothpaste on your finger and get him used to the idea, then start with just one tooth and over time build up to brushing all of them. If the gums bleed or he seems painful in the mouth, get your vet to check him over.

Eloise
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I am a vet with a special interest in dermatology, particularly allergic dogs and cats, behaviour and acupuncture. I work mainly with dogs and cats. If you are wondering why your pet is still itchy, despite good flea control, or why your dog licks his feet, I may be able to give you some solutions. I'm currently very passionate about behaviour and am doing some further education in this area. So if you have a troubling behaviour with your dog or cat, such as barking, leash reactivity, anxiety or a dog who is a little wild and difficult to control, I may be able to help you with some solutions.

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I work in an area of Sydney where we see lots of allergic pets. I think behaviour problems are very common and I help a number of owners find solutions that will restore peace to them and their pets. Currently I enjoy answering questions, providing advice and writing pet care articles for www.lovethatpet.com

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I graduated as a vet from Sydney Uni in 2006 and have since been completing my Masters in Small Animal Practice and am also updating my skills with a behaviour course through Sydney Uni.

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