Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late, Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

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I am the proud pet parent of two beautiful orange domestic short hair females. My veterinarian informs that my orange colored girls are somewhat of a rarity. What she also told me when I brought the girls in for their annual pet wellness exam was that in her experience, orange cats have dental trouble. I chose to believe my vet was being honest and not trying to drum-up extra service for my girls until she had a look at Juno’s teeth.

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When my vet opened Juno’s mouth, I was so shocked at the discolor of her teeth, and the obvious tartar builds up that I readily consented to a dental cleaning later in the month. Well, the big day for Juno came, and I reluctantly dropped her off at the office before going to work. I worried all day about my sweet baby and at the end of the day, I rushed back to the vet's office to pick her up (and pay the hefty bill). 

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When the technician brought Juno into the exam room, she casually dropped that my sweet kitty had two teeth extracted. I barely contained my tears and begged to know what I’d done wrong. Juno is a young cat, only 19 months old, and already missing teeth. What could I do?

After speaking with the veterinarian over Juno’s case and the care I would have to give her for the next two weeks, she explained that I should start brushing Juno’s teeth to help prevent future tartar build-up and periodontal disease.  Of course, I couldn’t start brushing her teeth until the sutures fall out; so, I’m stuck practicing on Lia, Juno’s sister. 


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Teaching 20-month-old cats to sit still and let me brush their teeth is difficult. If only I started while the girls were even younger. However, I am diligent with Lia. It’s just a matter of time before Juno, who’s even fussier about being touched and held, gets her turn at dental care. But, no matter how difficult it seems, the extra effort will help save my cats from the pain and discomfort of bad teeth. I suggest you start as well.        

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