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The Best Cat Toothpaste (Review) in 2019

Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste

Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste

Bluestem Cat Toothpaste and Toothbrush

Bluestem Cat Toothpaste and Toothbrush

Sentry Petrodex Dental Kit for Cats

Sentry Petrodex Dental Kit for Cats

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Dr Tracy Douglas
Published 10:03 am

A good cat toothpaste has all the right ingredients to make your furry friend’s teeth and gums strong and healthy. But which toothpaste is the right toothpaste for your cat? The market can often feel like it’s oversaturated with pet products, including toothpastes, so it can be difficult to choose the right formula for you and your pet’s needs. To help you with that, we’ve gone through a ton of user favorites, checked out every single ingredient in each product, finally creating this top 10 list. We hope that this list, as well as our buying guide, will help you find and buy the best cat toothpaste for your feline pet.

The Best Cat Toothpaste

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If you want a cat toothpaste that’s extra efficient at removing plaque and buildup, as well as at teeth whitening and strengthening gums, the C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste from Virbac is the pet toothpaste you need.

This cat toothpaste is perfectly safe as pets can swallow it, easy to use as the animals love it (it comes in 5 appealing flavors!), and great at eliminating mouth odors while keeping the teeth strong and gums healthy. It has natural antibacterial qualities and contains a the C.E.T dual enzyme, which makes it more abrasive, and therefore efficient at teeth cleaning than most regular toothpastes. Importantly, it contains no foaming agents, which means it’s okay for your kitty to swallow it – in fact, thanks to delicious flavors such as poultry, cats will not only go from hating getting their teeth brushed from loving it, but will actively ask for their ‘treat’ in the form of a toothpaste!

Inhibits plaque formation and removes tartart buildup

Promotes gum health

Freshens breath

Safe to swallow

Comes in 5 different flavors (poultry)

Specification:
  • Brand: Virbac
  • Model: CET101
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

2

Affordable, efficient and safe, the Sentry Petrodex is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a whole dental package – a toothpaste, toothbrush and finger toothbrush. If you’re wondering why two toothbrushes, the first one is for adult cats, while the finger brush is perfect for kittens. The toothpaste itself comes in a palatable malt flavor, so cats have no problem with the taste (in fact, some absolutely love it!).

This toothpaste for cats contains hydrogen peroxide-producing enzyme that helps prevent and reduce plaque and tartar. With just a handful of ingredients and no foaming agents, the Sentry Petrodex is perfectly safe to swallow and is easy to use, as you don’t have to bother yourself or your cat with rinsing of any sort. Besides cleaning teeth, the toothpaste also promotes gum health and freshens breath.

Prevents tartar and plaque buildup

Promotes gum health

Freshens breath

Safe to swallow

The kit contains toothpaste, toothbrush and finger toothbrush

Specification:
  • Brand: Petrodex
  • Model: 22544
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces

3

If you and your kitty hate toothbrushes and actual teeth brushing, but you still want strong, healthy cat teeth and gums, the Oxyfresh toothpaste is the ideal product for you. This toothpaste cleans teeth and prevents tartar buildup, soothes gums and eliminates bad breath without you having to brush anything – to use it, all you have to do is apply the paste directly to your cat’s gumline either with your finger or toothbrush.

The Oxyfresh toothpaste contains natural, non-toxic ingredients along with Oxygene which gently cleans cats teeth and helps prevent gum disease. It’s super-easy to use as you don’t have to brush the product into your cat’s teeth, just apply it and let it do its magic. The formula is odorless and contains no artificial flavors or sugars, making it perfect for super-picky cats and other pets.

Cleans teeth

Promotes gum health

Eliminates bad breath

No flavors or odors

Specification:
  • Brand: Oxyfresh
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces

4

Incredibly efficient at plaque and tartar control, yet tasty thanks to poultry flavor, this Virbac pet toothpaste is perfect for cats of all ages and sizes. Specifically formulated to be effective at promoting dental health, this C.E.T. dual enzyme containing toothpaste prevents the formation of plaque, helping keep your pet’s oral health in check. It’s perfectly safe as well, as it doesn’t contain any foaming agents or fluoride, so it can be swallowed. This makes it super-easy to use too, as you don’t have to bother yourself or your kitty with rinsing.

While Virbac toothpastes are available in various flavors, we found that the poultry flavor is one of the best-liked by cats. It’s no wonder why, as it tastes more like a treat than a regular pet toothpaste. Besides being highly effective at tartar and plaque control, this product also promotes gum health thanks to its antibacterial action. As a  bonus, it leads to better, fresher breath too!

Inhibits plaque formation, controls tartar formation

Promotes gum health and fresh breath

No foaming agents, safe to swallow

Poultry flavor, well-liked by most cats

Specification:
  • Brand: Virbac
  • Model: CET101
  • Weight: 2.9 ounces

5

An excellent pet oral care package, the Bluestem toothpaste and toothbrush are all your cat needs for healthy and strong teeth and gums. The toothpaste features the company’s patent-pending coactiv+ technology, which fights plaque and reduces tartar and freshens breath.

The Bluestem contains food-grade ingredients that are antibacterial and perfectly safe for cats. The scientifically formulated toothpaste improves oral hygiene and prevents plaque formation while freshening breath. The kit contains a dual-head toothbrush that ensures easy brushing no matter the size of your cat. Of course, the product also tastes good, which allows you to almost effortlessly brush your kitty’s teeth, as pretty much all felines love the chicken flavor. If you’re worried about health regulations and safety standards, you’ll be pleased to know all Bluestem products are made and tested in laboratories in North America.

Fights plaque and tartar

Freshens breath

Safe to swallow

The kit includes toothpaste and toothbrush

Specification:
  • Brand: Bluestem
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces

6

The Paws & Pals dental care kit contains a toothpaste that fights plaque and freshens breath, a dual toothbrush that makes brushing those hard-to-reach teeth a piece of cake, and a finger brush which is great for kittens. The toothpaste it enzymatic and not only cleans teeth but helps prevent tooth decay, tartar buildup and gum disease.

This dental care kit is designed for cats with sensitive teeth and gums as it doesn’t contain any harsh and too-abrasive ingredients. It’s good at controlling plaque and removing tartar buildup, as well as at improving your kitty’s breath. Brushing with this toothpaste is made easy as it’s beef-flavored so most cats love the taste.

Removes and prevents plaque and tartar buildup

Promotes gum health

Freshens breath

The kit contains 2 toothpastes, a dual toothbrush and finger toothbrush

Specification:
  • Brand: Paws & Pals
  • Model: PTWT-BF-07
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds

7

Another cat toothpaste from Virbac, but this one with beef flavor, is not only super-efficient at removing tartar and preventing plaque formation but is delicious in cat-terms. The product is perfectly safe and has natural antibacterial properties which improve pet dental health and freshen breath.

This toothpaste from Virbac contains the C.E.T dual enzyme, which makes the product more abrasive than most regular toothpastes, and as a result, better at cleaning cat teeth and removing tartar build up. Importantly, the formula has no toxic ingredients and foaming agents, meaning it’s easy to use as your pet doesn’t have to bother with rinsing – the toothpaste is perfectly safe to swallow. This formula has beef flavor, so if you know your kitty already likes beef meat in her diet, this could be the perfect toothpaste for her.

Inhibits plaque formation and removes tartar buildup

Promotes gum health

Freshens breath

Safe to swallow

Comes in 5 different flavors (beef)

Specification:
  • Brand: Virbac
  • Model: CET201
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

8

If you have a cat that has sensitive gums and teeth and you want a gentle toothpaste formula that will soothe their mouth tissue while it cleans their teeth, the Oratene toothpaste gel by Zymox is the product you need to check out. This formula provides maximum enzyme contact to prevent plaque formation and remove tartar buildup but it’s also gentle enough for super-sensitive gums.

The Oratene is a clear gel that cleans teeth, freshens breath and reduces gum inflammation and redness. It’s also good for pets that have problems with dry mouth and thick saliva and it’s easy to use as you don’t need to use the brush to apply it, just your finger. The product doesn’t contain alcohol, xylitol or chlorhexidine or foaming agents, so it’s safe to swallow.

Cleans teeth, removes tartar and plaque

Promotes gum health, soothes inflamed mouth tissue

Freshens breath

Safe to swallow

Specification:
  • Brand: Pet King Brands
  • Model: 673031
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

9

If you need a toothpaste that takes care of the entire cat oral health, including teeth cleaning, plaque prevention, soothing gums and freshening bad breath, the Vetoquionol Enzadent toothpaste is the product for you and your cat. This toothpaste is gentle enough to soothe inflamed and receding gums, but thanks to its enzyme formulation is also abrasive, which makes it highly efficient at cleaning teeth and removing tartar buildup.

The formula is designed to improve overall oral health, including breath. After brushing your kitty’s teeth with this toothpaste, she’s guaranteed to have a fresh breath and pearly white teeth. Importantly, the toothpaste doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients or foaming agents, which means it can be swallowed safely.

Cleans teeth, removes plaque and tartar buildup

Promotes gum health

Freshens breath

Safe to swallow

Specification:
  • Brand: Vetoquinol
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces

10

And we’re ending out top 10 list with another oral hygiene kit from Virbac. This kit includes everything your kitty needs for perfect oral health, including an enzymatic toothpaste that is excellent at cleaning teeth, a toothbrush which is designed for adult cats, and a finger brush which is ideal for kittens.

The toothpaste contains all the right ingredients to make your cat’s teeth clean, white and plaque-free. With an abrasive C.E.T dual enzyme, the formula removes tartar buildup and helps control its formation in the future. It’s also good for preventing plaque accumulation and for soothing irritated and inflamed gums. Thanks to the seafood flavor, the toothpaste is well-accepted by most felines and many will actually enjoy their teeth brushing routines as they’ll see it as a treat.

Removes tartar and prevents plaque formation

Promotes gum health

Safe to swallow

The kit contains toothpaste, toothbrush and finger brush

Specification:
  • Brand: Virbac
  • Model: CET Feline Oral Kit-Seafood
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces

Best Cat Toothpaste Buying Guide & FAQ

It’s important to brush your feline pet’s teeth regularly, preferably every day, to avoid tooth decay, inflamed gums, and finally tooth loss and periodontal disease. But brushing your cat’s teeth with only water is often not enough, especially if your kitty likes to indulge in cat treats frequently. To keep her chompers strong, healthy and white, besides a gentle toothbrush you also need a good cat toothpaste.

Hopefully, our top 10 cat toothpastes list has helped you pick the right product, but if it hasn’t, don’t worry – we’ve also prepared this buying guide and answered some of the frequently asked questions that should provide you with enough insight to purchase the right product(s) for your cat.

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Things to Consider When Buying Cat Toothpaste

A good toothpaste will fulfill the following requirements:

  • It will improve your cat’s oral health
  • It will prevent future dental and oral health problems
  • It will be perfectly safe for all cats.

Most toothpastes fulfill the first two requirements, and certainly all on our top 10 list. However, some toothpastes, although excellent at removing and controlling tartar and plaque formation, are not particularly healthy when it comes to feline overall well-being. For instance, pet toothpastes should never contain most ingredients that a toothpaste for humans contains, including fluoride and other chemicals.

Veterinarian examining cats

Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid cat toothpastes that contain a bunch of ingredients, as only a select few actually clean teeth and prevent plaque formation. So stick to toothpastes with a few basic ingredients and you and your cat should be fine.

It’s good to know that most toothpastes use enzymatic ingredients to break down tartar and plaque, since ingredients used in human toothpastes are not safe for felines. Besides an enzymatic ingredient, you can also expect to see things such as:

  • Dicalcium phosphate (made from calcium; protects teeth)
  • Sodium phosphate (prevents plaque formation)
  • Silica (abrasive; helps clean teeth)
  • Sorbitol (sweetener; if used in large quantities can cause digestive issues)
  • Glycerin (binds ingredients)
  • Titanium dioxide (used as white coloring)
  • Xanthan gum (thickens the formula)

Why Does my Cat Need Toothpaste?

If you’ve been reading this article, you’re probably aware that your feline friend needs some good toothpaste and maybe even a toothbrush, but you’re unsure of the why. I mean, cats have been living for millions of years without any toothpaste just fine, so why does it suddenly seem like our feline pets need all of these dental health kits in order to have healthy teeth?

First things first – your cat may not need a cat toothpaste. If your kitty is really, really healthy, and has a really, really excellent diet, and you two visit the vet regularly and frequently, and you’re absolutely sure your cat’s teeth are healthy... then no, your furry friend doesn’t need a  toothpaste or a toothbrush. But let’s be real here –most cats do not have perfect diets, and that’s fine. It’ perfectly ok to offer your cat treats from time to time, especially if you’re trying to teach him new tricks and habits. It’s also ok to feed your cat her favorite kibble, even if it’s not ideal when it comes to all ingredients. Just like humans, cats should enjoy their life too.

But that also means that cats should take care of their health like we do – if most humans suddenly stopped brushing their teeth and taking care of their oral health, there would be an epidemic of decayed teeth, inflamed and swollen gums, not to mention bad breath! So look at your cat’s oral health similarly as you look at your own – in order to have healthy, strong teeth, your feline companion most likely needs to have her teeth brushed from time to time.

Regularly (daily or every other day) brushing your cat’s teeth and/or just applying a good cat toothpaste to her teeth and gums can save you both a lot of trouble. So make sure you purchase a good cat toothpaste and toothbrush so you can clean your furry friend’s teeth as needed. The easiest way to do this is to buy a paste that tastes delicious (in cat-terms that would be poultry, beef, seafood, etc.) so your cat thinks he’s getting a treat instead of teeth brushing.

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Types of Cat Toothpaste

Because most people are no able to properly and thoroughly brush their cat’s teeth (it’s not like our pets make the task easy!), cat toothpastes need to contain special ingredients that will be able to clean teeth and remove tartar buildup on their own, meaning without much brushing. That’s why we have enzymatic toothpastes and ‘natural’ or alternative toothpastes.

  • Enzymatic cat toothpaste

Enzymatic cleaners are abrasive enough to remove most bacteria and plaque on their own, meaning if you use these formulas you don’t need to worry too much about being super thorough with brushing your cat’s teeth. In fact, some cat toothpastes are so efficient at consuming and inhibiting harmful bacteria that you don’t need to use a toothbrush at all, just apply it on your pet’s teeth and gums and let it do the job for you.

However, if your cat has significant tartar and plaque buildup, it’s always best to use a toothbrush along with a toothpaste, just to make sure you’re scrubbing all the tooth-damaging bacteria out of your cat’s mouth.

  • Alternative cat toothpaste

Some cat toothpastes contain mostly natural, gentle ingredients that are great for felines with sensitive gums and teeth. These do not have any enzymes in them, meaning they’re not abrasive enough to remove and inhibit bad oral bacteria, so it’s always best to use them in combination with a good toothbrush. However, it’s worth noting that, although you don’t always need an enzymatic cat toothpaste to have a positive impact on your feline pet’s dental health, if your cat has lots of tartar and plaque accumulation, as well as some signs of gum disease, the 'neutral' toothpastes won’t be able to do much for you. In a case like that, an efficient enzymatic cat toothpaste is what you and your pet need.

Best Cat Toothpaste FAQ

Q: What is cat toothpaste?

A: Like toothpastes for humans, cat toothpastes contain certain ingredients that help remove and inhibit the formation of tartar and plaque. They also help strengthen teeth and gums and improve breath, but unlike toothpastes for humans which use fluoride to make teeth stronger, toothpastes for cats use other ingredients, as fluoride is toxic to all animals in large doses (they cannot spit the paste out).

So, what do cat toothpastes use in order to clean and strengthen feline teeth? Enzymes that are abrasive enough to clean teeth and remove tartar, supplements made from calcium and ingredients such as silica to strengthen teeth and gums, as well as antibacterial and astringent ingredients to destroy oral bacteria.

Q: Which cat toothpaste ingredients are safe?

A: As mentioned in the section ‘Things to Consider When Buying Cat Toothpaste’, all cat toothpastes should improve your cat’s oral health and prevent future dental and oral health problems. Equally important, they should also be perfectly safe for cats. Unfortunately, not all pet toothpastes are actually safe, and even those that are for most cats, may not be for your cat, depending on his or hers underlying health issues.

Saying that, the following ingredients are considered to be safe for cats (this is not a complete list):

  • Dicalcium phosphate: made from calcium, this ingredient strengthens teeth and helps remove plaque.
  • Ethanol: used as an antibacterial agent, ethanol is safe in small quantities. However, if a toothpaste contains too much of this alcohol, it can depress feline’s nervous system. Luckily, it’s not present in large doses in most cat toothpastes.
  • Glucose Oxidase: a safe ingredient that has natural antibacterial properties and is used to inhibit oral bacteria.
  • Silica: this ingredient is safe for all cats and used because of its mild abrasive qualities.
  • Glycerine: used to bind all ingredients together and give a toothpaste that smooth texture. Since it’s derived from both plant and animal sources, it’s safe for all felines.
  • Titanium dioxide: mostly used to give toothpastes that perfectly white color. Although it’s considered safe, it’s not really necessary in cat toothpastes.
  • Sorbitol: the controversial ingredient which sweetens the toothpaste and supposedly increases its palatability acts as a laxative if consumed in large amounts.

Q: Can I use human toothpaste for cats?

A: A human toothpaste is great at keeping the tartar and plaque at bay, but it’s not safe for pets. And the reason for this: fluoride.

Most toothpastes for humans contain large amounts of fluoride, which is perfectly safe for us and our teeth as we spit our toothpaste out, but cats are unable to do so. Besides fluoride, human toothpastes contain other ingredients that can be toxic to cats so it’s always best to avoid them and stick to toothpastes specifically designed for felines.

Q: What do I do if my cat swallows cat toothpaste?

A: If you use a good cat toothpaste, made by a reputable brand, you do nothing – most, if not all cat toothpastes (and certainly all on our list!) are designed to be safe to swallow for cats. In fact, some cat owners like to finish their pet’s teeth brushing session by giving them a little toothpaste as a reward. Most of these formulas have flavors that cats love (such as poultry, seafood, etc.) so it’s easy to understand why they see it as a reward.

Our Top Pick

All cat toothpastes we reviewed in this article are good at improving your cat’s oral health, but one toothpaste in particular seems to be best at its job – the Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste.

This product removes tartar buildup quickly and easily thanks to its C.E.T. dual enzyme action and prevents plaque formation. Furthermore, it soothes red and swollen gums and promotes gum health while freshening cat’s breath. It also helps that it comes in poultry flavor that most cats absolutely love, as it makes teeth brushing a piece of cake. And finally, this abrasive and super-efficacious cat toothpaste is affordable too – an all-around winner in our book!

Sources:

  1. 9 Interesting Facts About Cat Teeth, PetMD
  2. Top Ten Tips on How to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Clean, PetMD
  3. Diet and Dental Health in Cats, PetMD
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Dr Tracy Douglas
Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
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