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As in our case, the hygiene of the teeth of cats is essential and allows to prevent really annoying disorders. Today, you can find cat toothpastes of various brands for sale. But it is also possible to resort to home made recepies.
Thus, in this AnimalWised article, in addition to talking about the importance of dental hygiene, we are going to give you several recipes. If you wonder how to make toothpaste for cats, keep reading.You may also be interested in: How to make homemade toothpaste for dogs? Index
- Feline dental hygiene
- Toothpaste for cats - Ingredients
- Toothpaste recipes for cats
Feline dental hygiene
Logically, cats' mouths get dirty after every meal. Also, there are different oral pathologies in cats, such as gingivitis, which are very frequent in them and lead, over time, to the deterioration and loss of teeth. The result is a mouth that will smell bad, gums that bleed easily and can ooze pus, and bad teeth that will fall out. This type of problem, in addition, they cause a lot of pain. The cat stops eating and can barely preen its coat. His well-being, and even his life, are compromised and it is necessary to go to the vet.
Oral hygiene helps prevent and control these types of problems, which is why caregivers are interested in knowing how to make toothpaste for cats. Feline teeth should be brushed daily, but the difficulty that it can entail makes it considered valid to leave it several times a week. At a minimum, and depending on each cat, 2-3 times, Although the ideal is that you consult with the veterinarian, especially if the cat has already suffered a dental problem.
¿How to brush a cat's teeth?
It is not easy to clean a cat's teeth, so it is important that let's start hygiene as soon as possible, always with patience, delicate movements, soft voice and, of course, without forcing, looking for a moment of tranquility and rewarding the cat after.
The ideal would be start from kittens, since they are in a time when it is easier for them to accept this manipulation. But if we adopt our adult cat, we can also get used to it, once it has adapted to the home and we are able to handle it. If it is completely impossible, we can assess other forms of hygiene, such as:
- Feed with cleaning effect.
- Snacks for dental hygiene.
- Professional oral cleaning at the veterinary clinic.
And do not forget that as important as pasta is to choose a cat-friendly toothbrush. There are them similar to ours, but also in the shape of thimbles. These can be more comfortable, since we will only have to insert our finger and gently pass it through the teeth, but we must watch out for a possible bite. At home and quickly, it is possible to use a simple gauze.
For more information, check out this other AnimalWised article on ¿How to clean my cat's teeth?
Toothpaste for cats - Ingredients
With the aim of keeping cats' teeth clean, different products have been developed that are as effective as they are safe for them. There are specific toothpastes for cats for sale from different flavors to choose from, such as chicken, fish, malt, shellfish, or herbs. Yes indeed, the pasta that you use does not work. You could give your cat poisoning. In addition, our pastes make a foam that can be very unpleasant for you, with the aggravating factor that you will not be able to rinse or spit out. In the next section, we will explain how to make toothpaste for cats, but if your cat suffers from a specific problem, use only the paste or cleaners recommended by your vet. In the cat toothpastes that are marketed you can find ingredients like the following, that provide different effects:
- Abrasives: such as calcium and silicates, which are responsible for cleaning.
- Oxygenating: that limit the growth of anaerobic bacteria.
- Chlorhexidine: with antibacterial and antiviral action. Chlorhexidine is a disinfectant that can be used alone for dental hygiene, at least at specific times, according to the veterinarian's prescription. Prolonged use could be counterproductive and damage the enamel.
- Zinc ascorbate: which improves the healing of gum diseases.
- Hydrogen peroxide: to reduce and prevent plaque and tartar.
- Enzymes: to promote deep cleaning.
Instead, these pasta must not contain foaming agents, so that they can be swallowed without problems, no fluorine or xylitol, that can be toxic.
On the other hand, keep in mind that if the teeth are already badly damaged or symptoms such as those we have described are visible, just cleaning the teeth will not solve the problem. It will take a veterinary examination and a specific treatment of which the hygiene of the teeth will be only a part.
And if your cat's breath smells, despite brushing his teeth, we advise you to read this other article about ¿Why does my cat's mouth smell bad??
Toothpaste recipes for cats
If you wonder how to make toothpaste for cats at home, these are some of the simplest recipes for routine cleaning of healthy cats, since for specific problems it is best to follow the vet instructions, since certain active principles will be needed according to each case:
- Baking soda paste: to make it you just have to mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of water.
- Sodium chloride paste: it is based on the mixture of a tablespoon of this chloride with a teaspoon of water.
- Potassium chloride paste: the same ratio of a tablespoon of chloride to a teaspoon of water is followed.
In any case, use a very small amount of pasta, but keep in mind that the flavor can be very strong and unpleasant, making cleaning difficult. That is why commercial toothpastes are usually made with different flavors, which increase your tolerance..