Just in case you didn't know, February is National Pet Dental Health Month.
As many as 80% of cats have some kind of gum disease by age 3, that includes indoor-only kitties.
Brushing a cat's teeth??? It might not be as difficult as it sounds especially if you get your little fur ball used to it as a kitten.
Brushing With Kitty
NOTE: If you value your fingers, brush ONLY the outside surface of the teeth. Unlike us, tartar doesn't build up much on the inside of kitty's teeth, anyway.
Get your cat used to having her face and mouth touched. Go slowly. There's no race. C'mon. You never did this until I mentioned it!
Toothbrush/Toothpaste??? Don't use "People" toothpaste. Your cat wouldn't like it and it's not good for her. For cats - special seafood and/or poultry flavour. Let your cat lick the pet toothpaste off your fingers. Next time, use your pet toothbrush and let her lick the toothbrush off the brush. Since cats are creatures of habit, try to do it at the same time each day. Yummy.
Ok. Now, we're down to the real thing. Make sure your cat is on a firm surface (kitty likes to feel secure). Your lap or a counter is fine. Hold her in a hug, to minimize squirming and maximize access to her mouth. Starting in the front, move the brush in a circular motion along the gum line. Move to the back teeth ...if Kitty allows. Up first, then down.
If you're both comfortable, your ultimate goal will be the molars. That is usually where plaque builds up the most. This should take about one minute once you and your cat get the routine down.
After each session, follow up with some pats, playtime, or whatever it takes (even a tartar control treat!) — Even if you don't get far, reward kitty anyway. Over time this will become a habit. If not, at least you gave it a try.
Here's a website for toothpaste (poultry and seafood, yes) www.superhappypets.com/seafood_toothpaste_cat.html