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Humans brush their teeth twice a day—sounds a little excessive, but they do. It’s part of their grooming routine; like how we felines keep ourselves clean by licking our body all over. Apparently though, our idea of grooming falls a bit short on the hygiene scale because we don’t exactly have the means to brush our own teeth. Just like humans, our dental health plays a vital role to our overall health. So, as much as we cats hate getting our mouths pried open for a toothbrush, it’s something that needs to be done.
Keeping your cat’s mouth and teeth healthy is very important. Without proper dental care, the buildup of bacteria inside their mouth can put them at risk of developing dental diseases, like periodontitis and tooth resorption. Bacteria can even travel from your cat’s oral cavity throughout their system and affect other organs, like the lungs and heart. By doing something as simple as brushing your cat’s teeth, you can add years to their life.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BRUSH MY CAT’S TEETH?
Every time your cat eats, food can get stuck between their teeth and promote the buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar. So, to prevent this from happening, it’s best to brush your cat’s teeth every day to keep their mouth as clean and bacteria-free as possible.
NEVER USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE!
Unlike humans, we cats don’t spit out toothpaste. Using human toothpaste can affect our tummies and cause digestive problems.
You should always use toothpaste that’s especially made for cats. There are plenty of cat toothpastes available on the market. But, the number of choices can sometimes be overwhelming and choosing the right one for your cat can be challenging. So, I’ve listed down below 4 of the best cat toothpastes, tested and proven to be effective in maintaining optimal dental health.
Virbac C.E.T Enzymatic Toothpaste for Dogs and Cats
Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste is a safe-to-swallow toothpaste specifically made for dogs and cats. Formulated with no foaming agents and fluoride, it’s very safe for your cat to swallow. It’s contains C.E.T. Dual Enzyme system that effectively inhibits the formation and plaque and keeps your cat’s teeth squeaky clean.
- C.E.T. Dual Enzyme System
- Helps eliminate mouth odors
- Formulated to be appealing to dogs and cats
- Contains no foaming agents and fluoride
- Available in four different flavors: Poultry, Malt, Beef and Vanilla-Mint
Sentry Petrodex Dental Kit for Cats
The Sentry Petrodex Dental Kit includes an enzymatic toothpaste made with hydrogen peroxide-producing enzymes that help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. It’s made with a no-rinse and no-foaming formula, making it very safe for cats to swallow. The kit also includes a special toothbrush with ultra-soft bristles and a finger toothbrush for kittens—a complete package, indeed.
- Hydrogen peroxide-producing enzymatic toothbrush
- Toothbrush with ultra-soft bristles (developed by a veterinarian)
- Finger toothbrush (ideal for kittens)
Oxyfresh Pet Toothpaste For Dogs & Cats
Oxyfresh Pet Toothpaste is especially formulated with Aloe Vera that easily soothes and conditions oral wounds and abrasions. Odorless, tasteless and made with no harsh chemicals, it’s guaranteed to appeal even to the pickiest cats while also being completely safe to ingest.
- Can be used to soothe oral wounds and abrasions
- Contains Oxygene: the ultimate odor-fighter
- Contains no harsh chemicals
- Odorless, tasteless
Vetoquinol Enzadent Enzymatic Toothpaste for Cats & Dogs
Vetoquinol Enzadent Enzymatic Toothpaste is a non-foaming toothpaste made with a triple enzyme formula that effectively cleans your pet’s teeth. It helps eliminate bad breath and combats harmful bacterial growth to keep your pet’s teeth polished and smelling fresh while preventing dental diseases from developing.
- Poultry-flavored enzymatic solution
- Non-foaming toothpaste
- Triple enzyme formula
- Safe to swallow
Even with a diligent at-home dental care routine, your cat should still have their teeth professionally examined and cleaned annually. These cleanings will allow a professional to assess your cat’s overall dental health and prevent possible medical issues from going unnoticed.