Chances are good your vet has recommended that you brush your cat’s teeth, and yes, cats are notorious for needing dental cleanings later in life if there’s no preventive care.
During a cleaning, your cat will be have to be sedated. He may even end up having a tooth or two extracted. It’s an involved — and expensive — process that could be avoid if you simply brush his teeth — yeah, simple, right?
Nothing to it! Just sit him down, get him to open his mouth, shouldn’t take long…
… uh, no. After several attempts, a lot of cat parents are tempted to just give up, and many do.
Some try wrapping their cats in a towel — an old solution that works for some, but for others, not so much. The towel can come unwrapped, allowing the cat to get in a few painful swats with the murder mittens before he’s under the bed for the rest of the day.
That’s where Cat-in-the-bag comes in. Once secured in the bag, your cat cannot get away while you get his mouth open to work on those choppers. It’s one essential tool in what really is an important part of cat care.
Here are some others:
Get a good toothpaste especially for cats. There are many on the market.
A toothbrush designed for cats is also a good idea, provided you can get it into the back of his mouth where stubborn tartar is often left to do the most damage.
If you find you are unable to work well with a toothbrush, you might try one of the finger tools available on Amazon or Chewy. They slip over your index finger, and they have an abrasive surface for effective cleaning.
If you are not worried about being bitten, you can just wrap part of an old washcloth around your finger. There is enough abrasion in the material for cleaning. Wet it and use a dab of your toothpaste.
Clean your cat’s teeth three times a week at the minimum. Cat-in-the-bag can help!