Yes, you can teach your cat to let you brush her teeth! Choose a pet-friendly toothpaste in a flavor that your cat likes, such as tuna or chicken. Start by allowing her to lick the toothpaste off your finger or a toothbrush. Try to do this at the same time every day, such as when you brush your teeth, so it becomes a daily routine.
Next, gently lift your cat’s lip before allowing her to lick the toothpaste. Repeat this for several days until she is comfortable, then try lifting her lip and touching her teeth with your finger (touch the side of her teeth rather than sticking your finger between the sharp crowns). Once she is used to that, you can start touching the toothbrush with the toothpaste to her teeth, and gradually work up to formally brushing.
Depending on your cat’s personality, this process could take several months. It is better to take your time than to rush and make your cat dread toothbrush time. Most pet toothpastes are enzymatic, so you can rest assured that your cat is getting at least a little help in her fight against plaque and tartar even before she graduates to having her teeth fully brushed.
For more information on feline dental disease visit: https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/