There are several new dental care products on the market that help cat owners care for their cat's teeth including cat toothpaste. Dental care products include not only cat toothpaste but also various styles of cat toothbrushes and multiple products that tout their ability to minimize tartar.
There are several brands and types of cat toothpaste products to choose from. Here are some tips to help you choose the right ones. Features to Consider in Cat Toothpaste Ingredients
Size of container (you may want to try a sample size first)
Presentation: paste, liquid, gel, pads, spray, rinse, sponges
Desirable Features in Cat Toothpaste
Easy to Use
Cat Likes Taste
Features to Avoid in Cat Toothpaste
Flavors your cat hates making it hard to brush!
Ideal Choice of Cat Toothpaste
The ideal choice is a product that your cat likes and is easy to use. For some cats, a chicken, tuna or beef paste works well. You may need to experiment with the flavor or brand that works best for your cat. Some of the gels or pastes that include baking soda, citrus, and grapefruit flavors are not well tolerated in many cats.
Shopping & Safety Tips for Buying Cat Toothpaste
Try to use non-alcohol ingredients in your cat toothpaste, as they are generally more palatable to most cats.
Be careful – don't get bit when trying to brush your cat's teeth, start gradually and try to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
Get your cat used to brushing by starting out with a gloved finger or piece of gauze and cleaner. Take your time getting them comfortable with the brushing action. You do not need to do the entire mouth each time, and may want to work in sections. Next, you can try a finger brush or a cat toothbrush, depending on their level of tolerance.
Be careful not to brush too hard or injure your cat while using a cat toothbrush.
Keep these products out of the reach of children.
See our tips on choosing the right brush!