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Brushing teeth, bathing and SPF. Advice and recommendations, please!

oilyanimalhuman

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Hi, I would like some advice and recommendations on brushing teeth, bathing and SPF. I have been using the toothpaste Beapar: for around over a year. At first he didn't let me brush his teeth so I had to put the toothpaste on my finger and rub it on to which then he'd lick it straight off so I wasn't sure if it was working or not as it wasn't getting brushed on and only getting applied via my finger in tiny amounts to which then would get licked off. I then introduced finger toothbrushes as they seemed more comfortable and smaller than the large stick toothbrush that was supplied with the toothpaste. I didn't use the finger toothbrushes every time, sometimes I used Q tips and still do. I put a little bit of the toothpaste on the Q tip and rub it on each teeth. I don't know if it's working and his teeth still seem a bit yellow and his gums look reddish and a little irritated. Do you think that Beapar is a good toothpaste or should I get a different toothpaste? And if so, which toothpaste would you recommend? Is there any gels or mouth/teeth rinses that are safe and you recommend? Has anybody used a tooth de-scaler before and what are your experiences on it? And a anti-plaque finger? Is there anything you would recommend using for plaque and tartar? How often should I brush his teeth and how much toothpaste should be used? How long should I brush for? Would rubbing cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil over his teeth help or be of extra help with the teeth brushing or ect?. Is there any organic shampoos or soap bars you would recommend? And is it safe to use a body puff scrub? Will it not be too harsh? And will putting cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil on help with SPF protection when out in the sun? And how long will it protect for? How often should I reapply it? Is there a hat that is made for animals and their ears to stop the cold getting in their ears or to block out noise? Please let me know your advice, recommendations and experiences! It's very appreciated! Thank you!
 

Sheldon13

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I can’t answer all that, but I can answer the descaler question (sort of). My vet explained to me that cats HAVE to be put to sleep to descale, unlike dogs, because the plaque actually forms up under their gums too and they have to scrape it off under the gums. Without anesthesia the cat would be in a lot of pain from this and certainly wouldn’t sit still.


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CathyO

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I think any toothpaste is fine so long as your pet is amenable. Mine would never ever lick their toothpaste off my finger, ever. I use Oxyfresh (no taste) from Amazon as it is 2-in-1, but I still use a tooth brush depending on the size of your cat's teeth. I use a finger silicone brush made for human face scrubbing from Miniso for my fussy cat with larger teeth and use a pointed tip toothbrush US $6.55 5% OFF|Special toothbrush wearing braces adult child correction small head orthodontic small pointed deep cleaning teeth-in Toothbrushes from Beauty & Health on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group for my tolerant sphynx. The pointed hard bristles work really well for me to get my cat's fangs from yellow to sort of more white but I am very careful as my vet says softer bristles are better for your cats...so I don't use the pointed ones for her tiny front teeth. I use to brush every day until I got tired since I have two cats so I brush about 2-3x per week or as needed and focus on the back teeth and fangs for scrubbing. Quality over quantity if you will. Make sure u end it with something positive like play or tons of praises.

I keep things to a minimum when it comes to routine as I already struggle feeding them raw food. I don't do any spf - just make my sphynx wear a cat onesie in the afternoon when I find it's super sunny by her window hangout area. For noise, I personally think it's better to get your cats get used to them, such as vacuuming or turning on the blender, but obviously balance must be made to not stress your cat. A cat hat is cute though I doubt any of my cats would like wearing it Sherlock Holmes Cat Hat | ALLCATSGOOD
 

oilyanimalhuman

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I can’t answer all that, but I can answer the descaler question (sort of). My vet explained to me that cats HAVE to be put to sleep to descale, unlike dogs, because the plaque actually forms up under their gums too and they have to scrape it off under the gums. Without anesthesia the cat would be in a lot of pain from this and certainly wouldn’t sit still.


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Hi! I might look into that and getting them professionally cleaned. Thank you for letting me know that! Is there a certain type of needle that Sphynx's have to get to be put to sleep? That is safe with no symptoms or reactions? As my cat has gotten a reaction to a certain needle before and I know Sphynx's are sensitive and can get reactions from needles. Also, do you know anything about cat grinding? As I've noticed my cat has been grinding his teeth twice so far, once not too long ago after he ate and once last night. Is it something to do with his teeth? Please let me know if you can! Thank you again!
 

oilyanimalhuman

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I think any toothpaste is fine so long as your pet is amenable. Mine would never ever lick their toothpaste off my finger, ever. I use Oxyfresh (no taste) from Amazon as it is 2-in-1, but I still use a tooth brush depending on the size of your cat's teeth. I use a finger silicone brush made for human face scrubbing from Miniso for my fussy cat with larger teeth and use a pointed tip toothbrush US $6.55 5% OFF|Special toothbrush wearing braces adult child correction small head orthodontic small pointed deep cleaning teeth-in Toothbrushes from Beauty & Health on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group for my tolerant sphynx. The pointed hard bristles work really well for me to get my cat's fangs from yellow to sort of more white but I am very careful as my vet says softer bristles are better for your cats...so I don't use the pointed ones for her tiny front teeth. I use to brush every day until I got tired since I have two cats so I brush about 2-3x per week or as needed and focus on the back teeth and fangs for scrubbing. Quality over quantity if you will. Make sure u end it with something positive like play or tons of praises.

I keep things to a minimum when it comes to routine as I already struggle feeding them raw food. I don't do any spf - just make my sphynx wear a cat onesie in the afternoon when I find it's super sunny by her window hangout area. For noise, I personally think it's better to get your cats get used to them, such as vacuuming or turning on the blender, but obviously balance must be made to not stress your cat. A cat hat is cute though I doubt any of my cats would like wearing it Sherlock Holmes Cat Hat | ALLCATSGOOD
Hi! I think he's gotten use to the toothpaste by now, I just don't know if there's been a difference with it or maybe I need to start using the finger toothbrushes that I have, that you use instead of using Q-tips and my finger and brushing more frequently. I might try and get another toothpaste just to see if there's more difference with that one than the one I'm using. I might look into the hard bristles toothbrush but I will be very soft like your vet says and only use it when necessary. Thank you very much for your reply and advice! It's been very helpful! That is a very lovely hat! Do you know anything about cat teeth grinding? As I have noticed my cat has been grinding his teeth twice. Once not too long ago and once last night. Is it something to do with his teeth? Let me know if you know anything about that please! Thank you again!
 

alandsim

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@CathyO wow! Thank you for linking that tooth brush! I was buying similar ones from Virbac for like $10 a piece. I didn’t know they were also made for cleaning braces. Gonna save some $!

I have good luck in terms of them liking the taste with Virbac enzymatic toothpaste for both pets. I bought the seafood flavor for Sim and I just let her lick it off the toothbrush and try to sneak it into her teeth as much as I can.

I’ve only had her since March and her and the dog are relatively young and too young to get anesthesia for teeth cleaning so I can’t attest to how effective it is!

I sometimes use coconut oil for brushing Jo’s teeth- that’s another thing both he and Sim love the taste of!!
 

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be sure to discuss with your vet NO Ketamine anesthesia
it can have a rebound effect on heart .
Many US vets use isoflurane and propofol for anesthesia for dentals etc

many spf sunscreen products can be toxic
many opt to use a shirt/clothing for short outings

tagging @Staceyxxx for product info too :)
 

Sheldon13

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Hi! I might look into that and getting them professionally cleaned. Thank you for letting me know that! Is there a certain type of needle that Sphynx's have to get to be put to sleep? That is safe with no symptoms or reactions? As my cat has gotten a reaction to a certain needle before and I know Sphynx's are sensitive and can get reactions from needles. Also, do you know anything about cat grinding? As I've noticed my cat has been grinding his teeth twice so far, once not too long ago after he ate and once last night. Is it something to do with his teeth? Please let me know if you can! Thank you again!
I doubt very much that your kitty had a reaction to the needle itself. The reaction was due to whatever was injected.

Grinding is usually a sign of stress and not to do with the teeth itself.


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CathyO

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@oilyanimalhuman no, I haven't heard of teeth grinding but if you can try to ask for free at PetCoach - Ask a Vet Online for Free, 24/7 from a vet or vet tech
@alandsim You're very welcome. If you have amazon Prime or near any Rexall, see if it's cheaper to get the Sulcabrush one as they come with 1-2 extra tips SulcaBrush. The tips only refill is even cheaper! I didn't know the free toothpaste sample my vet gave me is Virbac, but in poultry flavour. I shall try it tonight then as yeah, my cats aren't much into gel-like consistency in a tube. Maybe this one would help!
 

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I use the virbac enzymatic toothpaste and a small toothbrush. She likes to chew on the bristles so I am lucky there. I just let her lick the toothpaste off and let her do the work of chewing the bristles.

I also use the virbac dental chews they look like pieces of Styrofoam but she loves them. She had a dental cleaning done about 2 years ago, as we already had to do anesthesia for asthma diagnosis. My vet uses propofol for anesthesia.

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oilyanimalhuman

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be sure to discuss with your vet NO Ketamine anesthesia
it can have a rebound effect on heart .
Many US vets use isoflurane and propofol for anesthesia for dentals etc

many spf sunscreen products can be toxic
many opt to use a shirt/clothing for short outings

tagging @Staceyxxx for product info too :)
Hi! I will! Thank you for letting me know that! I know, that's why I normally just put a little bit of coconut oil on his skin. Thank you for your reply! Product info would be great! :) Thank you!
 

oilyanimalhuman

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I doubt very much that your kitty had a reaction to the needle itself. The reaction was due to whatever was injected.

Grinding is usually a sign of stress and not to do with the teeth itself.


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Hi! I know you can't get reactions to the needle itself, that's why I said to a certain needle as I don't remember what it was called. Are you sure? As I have read online that it could be linked to the teeth. Thank you anyway for your response!
 

oilyanimalhuman

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@oilyanimalhuman no, I haven't heard of teeth grinding but if you can try to ask for free at PetCoach - Ask a Vet Online for Free, 24/7 from a vet or vet tech
@alandsim You're very welcome. If you have amazon Prime or near any Rexall, see if it's cheaper to get the Sulcabrush one as they come with 1-2 extra tips SulcaBrush. The tips only refill is even cheaper! I didn't know the free toothpaste sample my vet gave me is Virbac, but in poultry flavour. I shall try it tonight then as yeah, my cats aren't much into gel-like consistency in a tube. Maybe this one would help!
Hi! I will try and ask them! Thank you!
 

oilyanimalhuman

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I use the virbac enzymatic toothpaste and a small toothbrush. She likes to chew on the bristles so I am lucky there. I just let her lick the toothpaste off and let her do the work of chewing the bristles.

I also use the virbac dental chews they look like pieces of Styrofoam but she loves them. She had a dental cleaning done about 2 years ago, as we already had to do anesthesia for asthma diagnosis. My vet uses propofol for anesthesia.

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Hi! Do you see good results with the virbac enzymatic toothpaste? And the virbac dental chews? I've never heard of or seen those dental chews before. How many do you give her and how often? Thank you for letting me know!
 

Sheldon13

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Hi! I know you can't get reactions to the needle itself, that's why I said to a certain needle as I don't remember what it was called. Are you sure? As I have read online that it could be linked to the teeth. Thank you anyway for your response!
Needles are stainless steel so there is no reaction to them. Plenty of people and animals are allergic to the medicine being injectors though.

If the teeth were painful the kitty would certainly not be grinding. The only other thing I can think of that could cause bruxing (grinding teeth together) is sinus issues. Sometimes with severe sinus congestion or infection the teeth will ache. Usually though, you would also notice excessive chewing and biting on things if this was the case.


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kauna

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Hi! Do you see good results with the virbac enzymatic toothpaste? And the virbac dental chews? I've never heard of or seen those dental chews before. How many do you give her and how often? Thank you for letting me know!
I think it helps. I definitely should brush her teeth more than I do. I usually give her 1 chew daily though. I use it as a reward usually after her medications lol!
 
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