Brushing Teeth: A Home Care Guide for Pet Owner

Brushing Teeth: A Home Care Guide for Pet Owner

The best time to brush a cat’s teeth is in the evening when both you and your pet are relaxed. If your cat growls, bites, scratches, or show any signs of aggression during the procedure, stop immediately and consult your veterinarian for professional advise. Remember cats can be more sensitive to new things, so take each step slowly and allow the cat to become familiar with what you are doing.


  • Gently position cat in the corner of a sofa or chair so that he will be secure and more easily handled. Carefully lift the cat’s lip to expose his teeth.

  • Slide a finger brush onto your index finger and put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush. Gently rub the brush over the cat’s teeth and gums. If necessary, repeat this process in the next brushing session. Because finger brushes don’t reach the gum line, they should be used for as short of a time as necessary.

  • Rub your finger over the cat’s teeth and gums for a minute or so. This will get the cat used to having something in his mouth. It might be necessary to do this a couple of days before going on to the next step.

  • When using a toothbrush use the smallest size available. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a bristle brush. Place the brush bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Move the brush gently in circular pattern over the cat’s teeth. Start by brushing a few teeth. As the brushing sessions continue, slowly include more teeth. Teeth should also be brushed in a back and forth motion. Build up to about 30 seconds on each side of the cat’s mouth.

  • Put a small amount of toothpaste specially formulated for pets on your finger and allow the pet to taste it.

  • If the cat refuses to accept the toothbrush or finger brush, try using a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger with toothpaste on it.

Tips for Success:
• Brush your cat’s teeth at least 2 or 3 times per week.
• Concentrate on the outside of the teeth.
• Praise the cat frequently during the procedure.
• Good luck!