Like humans, cats need to have good dental hygiene. Having healthy teeth and gums can prevent your cat from having bad breath and tartar buildup. Poor dental health may even lead to painful and swollen gums, infections, tooth loss, dental diseases, and other serious health problems. That’s why it is important to brush your pet’s teeth at least twice or three times a week to keep your pet healthy.
However, brushing your pet’s teeth does not mean that you should use a toothbrush and toothpaste intended for humans. There are dental hygiene kits that are specially created for felines. These kits include toothbrushes that are smaller than the ones for humans and most of these are bent at an angle for easier cleaning. Another part of the kit may be a finger toothbrush which you can easily slip on your finger for more convenient brushing. Lastly, a specially formulated toothpaste for cats may also be included.
We’ve listed a few suggestions of good dental hygiene kits below to help you find the best tools in maintaining your cat’s dental health.
H&H Cat Toothbrushes
The H&H Pets Cat Toothbrush sets come in a pack of 4 and 8 dual-headed toothbrushes. This is perfect if you have multiple pets in your home that are of different sizes. One side has a bigger toothbrush that is perfect for large pets weighing more than 15 lbs. The smaller toothbrush on the other end is great for pets weighing less than 15 lbs. The brushes are perfectly angled to make it easier for you to clean your pet’s front and back teeth. The bristles are soft enough not to harm your pet’s teeth and gums.
Virbac Feline Oral Hygiene Kit
The Virbac Oral Hygiene Kit is a set of essentials that will keep your pet’s teeth healthy and clean. It comes with a mini toothbrush, a soft finger brush and a tube of enzymatic toothpaste. You can use the small toothbrush to clean your pet’s front and back teeth. You can also use the finger brush to gently remove food debris on your pet’s teeth and massage your pet’s gums. Adding a small amount of the enzymatic toothpaste on these brushes can help clean your pet’s teeth well and inhibit the formation of plaque. The toothpaste also has a tasty flavor that your kitty will love.
CXP Good Goods Cat Toothbrush Set
The CXP Good Goods Cat Toothbrush Set is a budget-friendly option that is great for a multi-cat household with felines of different ages. It contains four dual-headed toothbrushes, two regular-sized finger toothbrushes, and two expandable finger toothbrushes. One end of the dual-headed toothbrush is great for cleaning the teeth of larger cats while the other end can be used for kittens and smaller cats. The regular-sized finger toothbrush can be used to remove trapped food on the gum line while the expandable toothbrush can be used for the same purpose but by people with larger fingers.
Nylabone Advanced Oral Care Dental Kit
The Nylabone Advanced Oral Care Dental Kit is a complete set that will keep your pet’s gum and teeth healthy. It contains an angled toothbrush with ultra-soft nylon tips which is designed to fit the contours of your pet’s mouth and clean hard-to-reach areas. Along with it is a finger toothbrush that you can easily slip on your finger to remove food debris and plaque on your pet’s teeth. To complete the set, a 2.5 oz. tube of toothpaste with Denta-C is included to remove tartar build-up and give your pet a fresher breath.
Heartsetpet Soft Cat Toothbrush
The Heartsetpet Soft Cat Toothbrush is a uniquely shaped brush because it has soft bristles that cover the entire toothbrush head including its tip. This is to ensure a quick, safe and thorough cleaning of your cat’s teeth. The bristles are made with BPA-free silicone material that is safe and gentle for your pet. The handle has a stainless steel interior to make it sturdy. It allows you to have a comfortable grip on the brush and be able to clean hard-to-reach areas in your pet’s mouth.
Nyanko Care Finger Toothbrush
Unlike other finger toothbrushes, the Nyanko Care Finger Toothbrush covers your thumb and index fingers so you can effectively remove plaque and food debris on your pet’s teeth and to gently massage your pet’s gums. This toothbrush is perfect for you if you are still introducing the idea of teeth cleaning to your pet or if your pet simply doesn’t like those hard toothbrushes. It allows an easier cleaning experience because you only need to hold the tooth between your two fingers and you can simply rub it to clean. The finger brush is made with a mix of cotton, nylon, and polyurethane which are gentle for your pet’s mouth.
Pet Republique Cat Toothbrush
The Pet Republique Cat Toothbrush is a great beginner brush for cats who are still starting to get used to having their teeth brushed. The soft rubber feels more gentle on your pet’s teeth and gums compared to the ordinary toothbrush. It also allows you to have more control in cleaning hard-to-reach areas. This brush comes in a set of six finger brushes which is great for one-year use, making it an economical choice. It is also available in two sizes: regular and small (for people with smaller fingers).
Not a lot of cats welcome the idea of their teeth being cleaned. That’s why it’s important to start maintaining your pet’s dental hygiene at an early age. If your cat is just a beginner in the world of tooth brushing, you can acclimate him first by gradually introducing the motion of brushing and the taste of toothpaste. It’s important to do this in a position where your pet is comfortable. You also need to be patient and gentle with your pet. Do your best to make it an enjoyable experience for both of you and your pet will get used to it in no time.