Sphynx cat tooth care
Clean teeth are just as important to a Sphynx as they are to a human. You'd never let your kids have dirty teeth would you? Just like humans, sphynx cats can contract gingivitis and they have tarter build up. If your kitties breath makes you gag, you may want to consider starting a tooth cleaning regime.
Starting early is important because it will make it an easier task as time goes on, but late is better than never so don't feel bad if you're new to the cat tooth cleaning club.
Alice gets her teeth brushed once a week, she's not fond of it but since she's been having her teeth brushed since she was three months old, she doesn't fight back too much, but she does not make it easy for me. I use a kit from Petco that cost me $12. It included the toothpaste (tuna flavor) toothbrush and a finger tooth brush that slips over my finger. I find Alice enjoys this better than the actual brush because it's just like my finger in her mouth. But if you aren't comfortable with sticking a toothbrush, or your finger into your cats mouth on a regular basis, you may want to look into having a vet clean your cats teeth for you. Some things to remember to remember however:
- When having your vet clean your cats teeth for you. Ketamine is not recommended as it sedates the cat for hours, so if any breathing or heart problem occurs during the time, the cat can not be woken up. In some cases the cats die. I don't want to scare anyone, but I also do not want to see anyone's precious kitty die from getting it's teeth cleaned.
- Dental treats between brushes or cleanings will help reduce tartar and keep breath fresh.