Treatment Type: Dental Health Products
Rated for: American Shorthair
Collingswood, New Jersey, United States
Posted Sep. 15, 2018
For some reason, I’ve ended up with about four different cats in the last couple decades that were prone to poor dental hygiene, which inevitably led to gum inflammation. Every few years, I have needed to bring my felines to the vet for a full cleaning - an expensive procedure complete with anesthesia. My mother began brushing her cat’s tarter-prime teeth every couple of weeks to put off this procedure at the longest intervals possible, but it’s a risky endeavor that puts human arms and hands at risk while infuriating the kitty.
More power to any cat parent that wishes to stick a gauze-covered finger into a spike-laden mouth to avoid the lack of control inherent in using a toothbrush. I prefer to maintain my cat’s teeth with a dental spray. A good one contains chlorohexidine, a familiar ingredient in medical-grade oral rinses for humans. You kind of have to “trick” the cat’s mouth open - I usually use a cat toy jerked up and down to convince the cat to try to bite at it, surprising them with a well-aimed spray dead center to the roof of the mouth. The surprised cat then “chews” it, baffled, almost creating a mouthwash situation that permeates the mouth and coats the teeth. A calm cat can have its lips raised and a quick spritz applied to the sides of the teeth instead, if not wise to what is about to occur.
I have found it effective. I generally can get away with a deep cleaning on my cat AJ every three years. Spraying biweekly does stave off redness and inflammation. When my mother’s cat was an unfortunate cancer patient at age 13, she was no longer a candidate for anesthesia simply for a tooth cleaning. This spray has been sufficient to stave off inflammation, a must when under chemotherapy treatment.