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Animal dental hygiene is a critical factor in their overall health. As a responsible cat owner, it is crucial to take care of your cat’s teeth the same way you would take care of your own. Your cat needs daily dental care, and they must get used to you brushing their teeth. Sometimes the proper toothbrush can make or break a toothbrushing session.
We put together ten reviews on the best cat toothbrushes we could find. We have options on our list for the budget conscious and those that want a premium toothbrush.
Hopefully, these reviews and our guide help you choose a toothbrush that will work well for your needs.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Virbac C.E.T.||
|Best Value||Sentry Petrodex||
The 10 Best Cat Toothbrush – Reviews 2020
1. Virbac C.E.T. Pet Toothbrush – Best Overall
Cleaning a cat’s teeth is not always going to be an enjoyable job. The more you work with your cat, the easier it should get. Luckily a toothbrush like the Virbac C.E.T. Pet Toothbrush will make this process just a bit easier. Virbac is not new to the cat dental care game; they have been developing quality products for over 25 years.
If you are worried about the quality or the safety of a dental product for your cat, the Virbac should put you at ease. The Virbac is a brush that you could use on your cat every day of the week if you choose. The soft bristles will not hurt, and they will potentially become a feature that your cat looks forward to.
Another issue you can run into with cat toothbrushes is the size. Sometimes the size of the brush does not seem to match the size of your cat’s teeth. This can make for a very uncomfortable experience for your cat. Virbac is created especially for your cat, and you will not have to worry about this problem.
The Virbac toothbrush comes in a variety of colors, and you won’t know which one you are getting until it arrives. This long-handled brush is perfectly angled to reach all areas of your cat’s mouth. For the price and the convenience it provides, the Virbac has earned a spot at the top of our list.
2. Sentry Petrodex Veterinary Strength Dental Care Kit – Best Value
At first glance, you may think that the Sentry Petrodex is priced a bit higher than the Virbac toothbrush. When you look closer, you will realize that this is a kit with both the toothpaste and the toothbrush. This makes the Sentry Petrodex the best cat toothbrush for the money.
The easy-to-use toothbrush and toothpaste combo will help get rid of any leftover food or plaque in your cat’s mouth. This is a soft-bristled toothbrush that is designed to be gentle and pleasing to your cat. The brush is so soft that it is safe to use for kittens.
In addition to the toothbrush and toothpaste, you also get a finger brush. The finger brush is a great way to massage your cat’s gums and make sure they are staying clean and healthy. Make sure to carefully follow the recommendations for how much toothpaste to use while cleaning your cat’s teeth.
3. Petosan Double Headed Cat Toothbrush – Premium Choice
If you are one of those cat owners that want the top of the line product for your cat, we have an option for you. The Petosan Double Headed Cat Toothbrush is a unique solution that should make brushing your cat’s teeth painless for you and your four-legged friend.
Since this toothbrush is double-sided, you can clean both sides of the tooth at the same time. Technically, this could cut the cleaning time in half and make this a project you and your cat both learn to enjoy.
The brush is angled at 45 degrees to help contact the gums as well while cleaning. The uniqueness of this design is going to cost you a few extra dollars, but it saves you time and frustration; it could very well be worth it. The Petosan comes in a variety of sizes. Most cats will do well with the extra small and the small size.
The Petosan is an excellent toothbrush for cats, and the only thing that kept it out of our top spot was the pricing.
4. Vetoquinol Enzadent Dual-Ended Toothbrush
Next on our list is the Vetoquinol Enzadent Dual-Ended Toothbrush. What we love about this brush is that it has two different size heads. Sometimes you need different sizes when trying to get to areas of your cat’s mouth. Both heads are set on an angle to help you reach inside even the most challenging areas. The gum line is so important when you are cleaning a cat’s teeth. The Enzadent does a very good job of cleaning the gum line.
The Enzdent toothbrush features soft bristles to help make sure that your cat’s mouth is not irritated by the brushing. When you order a toothbrush for your cat, it can be challenging to know if the size will work. Since the Enzadent has two sizes, you have a much better shot at getting a perfect solution.
The only real complaint that people had about this toothbrush is that the large-size bristle is very large. It would be more accommodating for a dog and not a cat.
5. Woobamboo Cat Toothbrush
The Woobambo toothbrush is a brush that is designed for both cats and dogs. There are some things we love about this brush and a few things we don’t. We love that this is a toothbrush made with completely organic and biodegradable bamboo. There is a natural, non-toxic wax that covers the toothbrush to protect it. If you are an environmentally friendly pet owner, you will love this aspect. Woobambo recommends using this stick as a toy when the bristles are worn out. We are not sure if that will work for or against you when it comes to trying to get some brushing completed.
This toothbrush is the first one on our list that considers your hand while brushing your pet’s teeth. The handle is designed with a hump that gives you a comfortable grip while cleaning your cat’s teeth. The Woobambo is offered in both a small and large size, but we strongly recommend getting small for your cat.
The biggest downside to the Woobambo is that it is not specifically designed for cats. This toothbrush will be slightly larger than some other options we have reviewed. If you have a large cat, this could work out just fine. If your cat is smaller or a kitten, you may want to look into other options.
6. PetzLife Finger Brush
If you trust your cat enough to clean their mouth from the inside, then you will enjoy this PetzLife’s Finger Brush. Many people don’t realize that a cat’s teeth are mostly below the gum line. This makes cleaning the gums and the gum line extremely important. A finger brush can be the best way to do this.
With the PetzLife Finger Brush, you can clean and massage the gum line by simply putting the brush over your index finger. You then move your finger around in your cat’s mouth and make sure you hit all the plaque and tartar on their teeth.
There is a gel that PetzLife recommends using in addition to the finger brush, but the finger brush on its own will work to help clean the teeth. The only real problem we have with the PetzLife Finger Brush is that you have to have your finger in your cat’s mouth and that the brush is hard to clean when you are finished using it. If you are okay with these two flaws, then the PetzLife could be the brush for you.
7. Pet Republique Cat Dual-Head Toothbrush
Next on our list is another dual-head option, this time made by Pet Republique. This is a toothbrush made with high-quality material, and it is 8.5 inches long. If you want to keep your hands far away from your cat’s teeth while brushing the Pet Republique is a good option.
Each time you purchase one of these toothbrushes, 15% of your profits are donated to the American Animal Rescue Society. That could be partially why the toothbrush is priced a bit higher than others. At least your money will be going to a good cause.
The texture of the bristles on this brush are medium. We would not recommend using this brush on a kitten or a cat that struggles with the concept of teeth brushing. If, however you have a middle-aged cat that struggles with plaque buildup, the Pet Republique is a good choice.
The two heads are different sizes to help with both a generalized and a detailed clean. Although there are plenty of good features with this toothbrush, the quality of the materials used stands out to us as a bit of a problem. The brush bends quite easily while brushing, and even though the bristles are stated to be medium in strength, they seem a bit weak.
8. Nylabone Advanced Oral Care Cat Dental Kit
The Nylabone Advanced Oral Care Cat Dental Kit is a complete kit that includes the toothbrush, toothpaste, and a finger brush. The toothbrush has ultra-soft nylon tips to help clean between teeth as well. Overall, this is an excellent kit if you are looking for something sold as a complete option.
There are a few issues we have with the Nylabone, and mostly it has to do with size. The finger brush and the toothbrush on this set are just a little too big. The kit looks small in the pictures, but then when you receive the product, it is quite large. If you happen to have a larger cat, this could work out just fine. But if not, you may have an issue.
The toothpaste that comes with the Nylabone kit is hit or miss among cats. Some like the taste, and others will turn away as soon as you bring the product near them. This may be more or a personal preference thing than a defect with this particular product. You may not need to use toothpaste with your cat if you are staying on top of oral hygiene.
9. Sentry Petrodex Deluxe Finger Toothbrush
The Sentry Petrodex Deluxe Finger Toothbrush for Dogs and Cats is a finger toothbrush. The one thing that we love about this toothbrush is the safety ring to make sure that it stays in place, and your cat will not choke.
The rest of the information about this product is, unfortunately, bad news. This is a huge finger brush with very few bristles. If you even get this in your cat’s mouth, you will struggle actually to clean their tiny teeth. This particular brush seems better suited for a large dog.
10. Pet Republique Cat Finger Toothbrush
Last on our list of the best cat toothbrushes is the Pet Republique Cat Finger Toothbrush. This is another finger option that has bristles on one end to help you clean and treat your cat’s gums. The concept here is a good one but it doesn’t work well for those that have larger fingers.
The Pet Republique toothbrushes are sold in a three or six-pack, and we like that you can dispose of these more frequently. The real problem is that with this particular brush, your finger is barely protected. If your hands are small enough to fit in your cat’s mouth and complete this job, you leave yourself very exposed to a potential cat bite.
Now that we have given you all of these great choices for a cat toothbrush, you will have to choose which one is going to work for you and your cat. There are a few critical factors that you should consider before purchasing a toothbrush. We know that these are not expensive items, but we don’t want you to be stuck with a pile of the ones that didn’t work for you.
There are three basic styles that you will find when it comes to cat toothbrushes. You can have a standard single head toothbrush, a dual-head toothbrush, and a finger brush.
- Single Head Toothbrush: Similar to a traditional style toothbrush for humans, the bristles are usually angled to help appropriately clean a cat’s gums
- Dual-Head Toothbrush: This toothbrush has two heads of different sizes, usually coming with one smaller head and one larger head
- Finger Brush: This will fit right on your finger, and you can use it to scrub the inside of your cat’s mouth while your finger is protected
You will notice that toothbrushes come in a variety of lengths. Many people like to keep a few inches between their cat’s teeth and their own hands. The longer brushes are good when they are made from quality material. A long toothbrush made with a lower quality material will likely bend and wobble as you are brushing. This can be difficult and make it harder to clean your cat’s teeth.
The toothbrushes that are specially made for cats have a very small head. Some that are made for both cats and dogs can be a little too large. Make sure you carefully analyze the size of the toothbrush head to make sure it will fit in your cat’s mouth comfortably.
Most cat toothbrushes are made with soft or medium bristles. Brushing your cat’s teeth is something that you need to do quite often. If you use a harsh toothbrush, it could cause damage to the gums. You will want to find the right mix of soft and effective that works for your cat. Sometimes a bristle is so soft that it doesn’t correctly get the plaque off of your cat’s teeth. If you are keeping up with dental hygiene on your cat, a soft brush should quickly get the cat’s teeth clean.
Most toothbrushes are around $5.00. Some will be higher and lower, but this is an excellent average price to keep in mind when looking for a toothbrush for your cat. The more expensive toothbrushes may have a different feature. Our premium choice the Petosan cleans both sides of the cat’s teeth at the same time. This is a real time saver and can make a big difference if your cat does not enjoy getting their teeth cleaned.
Toothpaste or No Toothpaste
It is best to use toothpaste on your cat’s teeth, but you should never use human toothpaste or baking soda. Your cat needs a toothpaste that is specifically designed for cats. If you do not have any toothpaste at the moment, it is fine to brush your cat’s teeth without, never substitute with human toothpaste. There are many different cat toothpaste flavors and brands you should be able to find one that has a taste your cat can tolerate.
How Often To Replace?
You should be brushing your cat’s teeth every day. We know that this is probably not realistic for all cat owners, but at a minimum, you will want to brush them three times per week. If you are brushing as often as you should be, the bristles on the toothbrush will likely only last a few months. On average, you will need to replace your cat’s toothbrush every three months.
Hopefully, our reviews and buying guide have helped you narrow down which toothbrush will work best for you and your kitty.
The Virbac C.E.T Cat Toothbrush stands out to us as the best possible cat toothbrush on that market. With the Virbac, you get a quality angled brush that is the perfect size for your cat, all at a fair price.
If you are ultimately looking for value when it comes to a toothbrush, you may want to go with the Sentry Petrodex cat toothbrush. This model is a value pack that comes with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a finger brush.
Regardless of the cat toothbrush that you choose, just make sure you are using it as often as you can!
Featured Image Credit By: Lisa Zins, flickr
Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.