The Best Cat Dental Treats

Have you ever leaned in for a nuzzle with your cat only to draw back in disgust? Just like people, cats can get stinky breath. But unlike people, cats can't seem to figure out how to use a toothbrush. Enter: dental chews. These tasty treats are loved by our furry friends for their flavor and loved by cat owners for their odor-fighting properties. There are tons of options out there and some are better than others. Thus, we've whittled down the list to the best of the best. Read on to discover our favorites in cat dental treats.

Feline Greenies Natural Dental Care Cat Treats 9.75-11oz

The feline favorite

Thanks to its ample supply, great price, and irresistible taste, this effective dental treat from Greenies wins the top spot on our list.
Best Overall

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For those out there that don’t already know, Greenies has been crushing it in the dental treat game for years. Indeed, this company is a pioneer in developing treats that freshen breath and taste good. The odor-fighting properties of their treats derive from the probiotic ingredients and chewy texture that helps remove plaque and tartar. This effective formula helped earn Greenies the distinction of being the “#1 Vet-Recommended Feline Dental Treat”. At least, that’s what the company claims. Nonetheless, the proof is in the pudding: Cats love Greenies and they work wonders. Plus, this option comes in a variety of tasty flavors (though we find that “Tempting Tuna” is the fan-favorite).

Pros

  • Great value for the price
  • Reputable company
  • Natural ingredients

Cons

  • Contains wheat

Hartz Dentist’s Best Chicken Flavored Dental Cat Treats

We Heart Hartz

Super cheap and highly effective, this option from Hartz is a sure-fire way to treat stinky cat breath and save some money along the way.
Best Budget-Friendly Option

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Cats can be expensive companions to keep. After the costs of food, check-ups, litter boxes, and toys, it can be hard to squeeze anything else into the budget. Fortunately, Hartz offers a dental treat that’s ridiculously inexpensive. This pick only costs a couple of bucks, yet it contains an ample supply of chewy treats. Slightly crunchy, the texture of Hartz dental cat treats massages gums and helps scrape off plaque and tartar. As a matter of fact, Hartz claims that clinical studies have shown these treats to reduce tartar by up to 83%. Of course, your cat doesn’t care about the price or effectiveness of their treats. Don’t worry, Snowy. Hartz Dentist’s Best are delicious and flavorful.

Pros

  • Super inexpensive
  • Low in calories
  • Effective

Cons

  • Treats are tiny

Meow Mix Brushing Bites Dental Cat Treats, Chicken Flavor, 2.25oz (Pack of 2)

These Treats are the Cat's Meow

Another great overall option, this pick from Meow Mix is one of the best-tasting treats on the market.
Best Taste

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“Best Flavor” is a pretty bold distinction to place on a dental treat, especially considering just how picky cats can be. Throw us to the wolves if you must, we’re pinning the Best Flavor Award onto Meow Mix’s Brushing Bites. This pick is made with real chicken and fortified with Vitamin D and Calcium. Most felines can’t resist the aroma and even the most reclusive of cats suddenly appear when the bag is opened. Heck, these treats even smell good to people you might be tempted to try one yourself. Of course, we wouldn’t recommend a dental treat based on flavor alone. This is another great overall option that cleans teeth effectively and sports a price tag that’s hard to beat. Best of all, this pick comes in a pack of two, so you’ll have an ample supply to fend off the ravenous hoards.

Pros

  • Delicious taste
  • Vitamin-fortified
  • Great value for the price

Cons

  • Some cats may not chew them thoroughly

Minties Dental Cat Treats 2.5 Oz

Give 'em That Minties Freshness

For those that need a little extra oompha in their battle against stinky cat breath, we suggest these minty-fresh dental treats from VetIQ.
Best Minty Treat

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We all want the very best for our feline friends and that includes their dental hygiene. But some cats have healthy gums and still sport nasty breath. For those that want a bit of a boost in the freshness department, we recommend Minties from VetIQ. These inexpensive treats are effective for cleaning teeth and extra-effective for freshening up breath. It’s also a great choice for those looking for something free of wheat, soy, or corn. All that being said, not every cat seeks out the minty treats. Fortunately, a full bag costs only a couple of bucks. Thus, even if you think your cat might be too picky of an eater for Minties, it’s not a huge financial loss to give them a try.

Pros

  • Cheap price
  • Free of wheat, corn, and soy
  • Gives breath a minty freshness

Cons

  • Not every cat prefers mint

 Greenies Feline Natural Dental Care Treats, 21 oz. Tub

Fresh Breath, Always

This super value sized tub of Chicken-flavored Greenies is the perfect way to stock up on dental treats for the long haul.
Best Bulk Buy

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Is it any surprise that Greenies has made it onto our list more than once? Their natural formulas have boosted feline dental health for years and pleased thousands of cat owners. Tried-and-true, this value-sized tub of Greenies holds a whopping 21.5 ounces of the little fish-shaped treats. It’s enough quantity to secure healthy mouths for many months. And leave it to Greenies to formulate several awesome flavors. This option is available in “Catnip” flavor, which, as we all know, is quite literally irresistible to cats. Nutritionally complete, deliciously-addicting, and highly-effective at boosting dental health, the Greenies Super Value Size is well worth the investment.

Pros

  • Huge, 21.5oz quantity
  • Great bang for your buck
  • Renowned Greenies formula

Cons

  • Senior cats may struggle to chew them

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dental treats really improve cat breath?

Stinky cat breath can stem from a wide range of origins. That being said, the most common cause of stinky breath in cats is the buildup of tartar and plaque between their teeth. These residues encourage bacterial growth in their mouths and can cause nasty breath as a consequence. Because these treats help remove such maladies, your cat’s breath should improve noticeably after a week of using them.

Another common cause of bad breath among cats is an unbalanced microbiome in their guts. This is a complex issue and may originate from the feline’s overall diet. Dental treats may also help in this arena since they contain vitamins and minerals that your cat may be lacking.

How do dental treats work?

The texture of cat dental treats is specially-formulated to be slightly crunchy and slightly chewy. As your cat chews the treat, it scrapes off plaque and tartar on and between the teeth. Because the dental benefits come from the chewing action, you’ll want to make sure that your cat isn’t just swallowing the treats whole. In such a scenario, your cat won’t reap the dental benefits of the treats (though they’ll still probably enjoy the salmon/chicken flavor).