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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Good Dental Hygiene

I’m busy finalizing some details on a new tutorial that I hope you’ll like. I actually started it a couple of years ago, but in the spirit of clearing up unfinished projects, I felt it was time to attack this project.

It’s a fun theme, if you’re into this type of theme, but I’m not saying what it is just now. In a couple of days I should have it all ready to go and will let you all know… Soon, very soon…

In the meantime while you wait, I thought I would give you a little update on the status of Radar. It’s been 8 months since he came to live with us, and as you know from a previous post, it’s been a huge learning curve for all of us. I would say trust and security have been his two biggest hurdles to overcome, but he’s really done that in a big way.

A few years ago, I got to learn first hand the implications of dental care for animals. It’s one thing that as pet owners we probably don’t think about as much as we should. We just assume that when animals show us they aren’t feeling well, that it must be an external problem or just feeling out of sorts.

I found this site that explains it well, what happens when cat’s teeth are not kept in check and how very important this care is. Dental Care for Cats 

So with that and knowing I have to make sure to take care of Radar’s teeth I would somehow have to check him out. What I did was over a short period of time, I started by gently slipping my finger in the side of his mouth and massaging his gums which he seemed to really like. Okay good. So off to the pet store to get supplies.

I picked up a kit with a finger brush, tooth brush and pet toothpaste. PLEASE do not use human toothpaste, just pet toothpaste. For a couple of days I just put some paste on my finger and poked that into his mouth to see how he would respond. He liked it….YAY…

Now guess what. We’ve advanced to the teeth brushing with the finger brush and he comes running now to have it done. The brush is very soft and the whole time I’m brushing his teeth, he’s trying to lick the paste off, so it’s all good… I never thought in a million years I would be brushing a cat’s teeth, but apparently it does happen, not that every cat will allow it, I got lucky. ;o)  Check this out, cute or what..

My hand on his neck is just for support, he gets so excited he’s moving his head all around trying to get to the brush and paste, so I have to hold him still  lol  I think we’ve got the trust and security covered, don’t you. ;o) See his little tongue sneaking out to lick….

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3 comments:

  1. OMG Romona! You are amazing, Radar too! :-)

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  2. LOL, thank goodness he likes it, I've had kitties who were not quite so enamoured of having their teeth brushed and it was a fight. Radar is looking so wonderful Romona, thank goodness he found his forever home with you. Can't wait to see this new mystery tutorial, off to go snooping :O)

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  3. O well, from dolls to cat teeth. I sent the document to my son, who really owns Smokey. But in the long run, I will probably have to do any cleaning if it gets done. Thanks for the additional pictures. You are amazing as was in another comment.
    Thanks!

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