Best Dental Toys for Cats 2024

Written by Emily Bayne

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Published: 05/30/2024, edited: 05/30/2024

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According to the Cornell University Feline Health Center, "Studies report that between 50 and 90% of cats older than four years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, but fortunately, the most common forms of these diseases are largely preventable." 

One of the best ways you can combat dental disease is by preventative measures like tooth brushing. However, bushing your kitty's teeth isn't always an easy feat, but that's where dental treats and toys come in! In this article, we'll be talking about some of our favorite cat dental toys that will polish Fluffy's teeth as they play. Painless dental hygiene that your cat actually enjoys? We're here for it!

 Let's talk about some of our favorite cat dental toys.



Overview

Catstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick

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If your cat is battling bad breath and tartar, this treat is for you! At just over 4 inches long, this lightweight toy is paw-fect for kitties of all sizes and doesn't take up much space either.

The Catstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick is made with catnip mint, which will not only freshen your kitty's breath but also encourage them to keep coming back for more. 

The dental stick portion features a double layer of soft mesh webbing that works like a toothbrush to scrub your cat's chompers clean. That's a win-win in our book! 

Catstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick

Catstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick

Why Wag! Loves It

  • Minty flavor to help combat bad breath
  • Suitable for kitties over 6 months old
  • Has catnip which makes cleaning their chompers a pleasant experience

Considerations & Concerns

  • Not suitable for cats under 6 months old
  • Catstages recommends disposing of this toy if it shows signs of extreme wear or rips

What pet parents say about Catstages Mint Stick

"My cat loves these catstages fresh breath mint sticks. He will chew/lick on them all day when first getting it. I give him one about twice month. They literally get so dirty from cleaning his teeth that I know they are doing the job. His breath never smells and his teeth look great. The veterinarian says his teeth look pretty good for a cat of 11 years old. I definitely continue using these breath sticks. I tried brushing his teeth and it was a no go."

"This was great for my kitten, this is one of her favorite toys, it gives her something to chew on. I've had it for a few months, so it's less of a chew toy and more of a regular toy she likes to swat around. I also clip it to the end of a wand with string and she loves to chase this around. This is ideal for smaller cats, since it's a pretty small toy."

Read more reviews on Chewy.

Image sourced from Chewy. Copyright Outward Hound.




Petlinks Rowdy Roller Dental Chew Ball Cat Toy

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Petlinks Rowdy Roller Ball is a fan-favorite dental cat toy since it features multiple ways to play. Cats will have a blast swatting it around and gnawing on the soft plastic ball to help keep their teeth nice and clean. It features fun feathers to tantalize your furbaby and stimulate their instinctual urge to stalk and catch prey. 

The best part about this cat toy is that it is made to child safety standards, making it great for homes with human and feline kiddos.

Petlinks Rowdy Roller Ball Cat Toy

Petlinks Rowdy Roller Ball Cat Toy

Why Wag! Loves It

  • Available through many different retailers, including Petco and Chewy
  • Features multiple ways to play and various textures to simulate prey
  • Made with human and pet safety in mind

Considerations & Concerns

  • Some reviewers stated they wish the toy was more durable and that the feathers came unattached quickly

What pet parents say about Petlinks Roller Dental Ball Toy

"Our cats LOVE this toy. One will chase it and play with it for hours. If you have a cat that loves ball toys and feathers this is a great purchase. Even when the feathers were lost the ribbon has held strong and they still love it! It's a sturdy toy with lots of longevity."

Read more reviews on Chewy.

Image sourced from Chewy. Copyright PetWise, Inc.




Reddy Dental Mouse Cat Toy

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Your cat is going to feel like the best mouser in town with the Reddy Dental Mouse Cat toy. Catnip mice are a fave of cats and pet parents alike. They're cheap to buy in bulk and fulfill cats' natural predatory urges. 

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The Reddy Dental Mouse will be a fur-rific addition to your pet's toy arsenal since it's filled with organic catnip and a convenient cord for carrying when your cat wants to show off their "catch".

Reddy Dental Mouse Cat Toy

Reddy Dental Mouse Cat Toy

Why Wag! Loves It

  • Suitable for kittens, adults, and seniors
  • Made with pesticide-free catnip
  • Features a mesh exterior to help brush your furbaby's teeth, and catnip to encourage chewing!
  • Pet parents say it is very durable and long-lasting

Considerations & Concerns

  • You will need to dispose of the toy if it rips or the tail starts to fray

What pet parents say about Reddy Dental Mouse Toy

"When I first opened the package for this toy I could tell it would last a while. It's dense and hardy, thankfully because my cats go hard on these catnip toys. The material on the outside (I know from other dental toys I've bought) is great for their teeth, helping remove buildup as they play. It's slobbery already but even our pretty inactive old lady was rolling around tossing the mouse up in the air and running for it. Everyone is gathered around my feet right now for her to walk away so they can steal it. Guess I'll have to get another."

Read more reviews on Petco.

Image sourced from Petco. Copyright Reddy.




Leaps & Bounds Dental Bird Cat Toy

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The Petco-exclusive Leaps & Bounds Dental Bird Cat Toy will be a favorite since it features fun feathers to encourage swatting and pouncing and a catnip-filled interior that is sure to send your kitty to their happy place. 

We are fans of it's design, which features webbed fabric enables this toy to not only scrub the outside of your cat's teeth but can get between the teeth to help removed trapped plaque in the dental spaces much like tooth floss.

Leaps & Bounds Dental Bird Cat Toy

Leaps & Bounds Dental Bird Cat Toy

Why Wag! Loves It

  • The flossing action clears between the dental spaces and stimulates blood flow to the gums.
  • Features fun feathers as well as head and beak flaps to encourage predatory behaviors
  • Suitable for kitties of every age and size
  • Made with organic catnip

Considerations & Concerns

  • Petco exclusive brand, so you won't be able to find it on Amazon or Chewy

What pet parents say about Leaps & Bounds Dental Bird Toy

"My cats love this toy! They like the smell of it with catnip and to bite and play with the feathers. The bird has a nice texture and good for them to claw and grab in and bite into. Love to play with it on my tile floor like it's hockey and toss it around."

"Most toys I get for my cats they don't even show interest at all. This time was different! My black cat Ozzy went after this right away and played with it for 10 minutes straight! I know he loves the catnip inside and red feather tail. Now I have it hanging from my cat scratch tree and my cats play with it daily! It seems to be a good quality and isn't getting torn to shreds."

Read more reviews on Petco.

Image sourced from Petco. Copyright Leaps & Bounds.




Catstages Dental Banana Cat Chew Toy

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Your cats will go bananas for the Catstages Dental Banana Cat Chewy toy. This catnip-filled toy features three different textures, including a textured surface to tackle plaque and tartar buildup. 

The banana shape makes this toy easy for cats to hold and chew, and frankly, just looks adorable while they use it! Plus, this toy is available through many different retailers nationwide, making it easy to replace when it shows signs of wear.

Catstages Dental Banana Chew Toy

Catstages Dental Banana Chew Toy

Why Wag! Loves It

  • The mesh exterior helps to scrub off tartar and plaque as your kitty plays
  • Catstages is a subline of Outward Hound Toys, one of our favorite pet brands
  • The adorable banana design makes this toy a great interactive photo prop

Considerations & Concerns

  • Designed in the US but made in China, so may not be up to the same safety standards as toys made in US factories
  • Some pet parents complain that there isn't enough catnip in the toy to hold their cat's attention

What pet parents say about Catstages Dental Banana Toy

"This is a cute toy and I really hoped my cats would like it since they love some of the other Catstages toys, but none of the three know what to do with it. It's too small for wrestling/kicking, too big for carrying or throwing around, and too odd of a shape for chasing across the floor. The crinkle in the "peel" piece interests the one female sometimes, but she'll only play with it for a minute then walk away. Might be good for some cats, but not mine."

"The one thing I don't like about this toy is how small it is. It's the size of a can. However, after seeing my kitten's reaction, I ignored that! He drags it from room to room and is always searching for it. He loves to chew and claw at his toys so it's durable enough for that (I'll have to buy a new one soon since the threads are loosening). Also, the crinkle sound attracts him but quiet enough for us owners. I would recommend!"

Read more reviews on Chewy.

Image sourced from Chewy. Copyright Outward Hound.

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