From temperament to toys, cats and dogs are vastly different. But what about your pet’s teeth? We’re not going to fight like cats and dogs, but we are going to compare and contrast in a dental duel.
# of Teeth
Cats start with 26 teeth and then get 30 full adult teeth by the time they’re 6 months old. Dogs get more pearly whites than their feline friends. They start with 28 baby teeth and eventually house 42 permanent teeth.
Both animals are prone to dental disease—especially those over the age of 3. Dental disease occurs in 85% of cats over the age of 3. Toothbrushes are the most effective way to remove plaque. An angled, soft-bristled brush can help you get into those nooks and crannies.
Cats are more resistant than dogs, so take baby steps before brushing. Begin by dipping your fingers in tuna water and then gently rubbing their gums with gauze. Next use a finger brush, eventually graduating to a cat toothbrush. But no kitty is complaisant. Be patient—experiment with different toothpaste flavors, brushes and dental rinses.
If you have more questions about your pet’s teeth, call your veterinarian for advice.