The 10 Best Kitten Teething Toys, Plus Expert Advice on Choosing the Right Ones
Do you have a kitten in the 3–6 month age range who's taken a sudden interest in chewing on, well, everything? Perhaps she's also a little irritable or keeps pawing at her face? Don't worry, this doesn't mean Fluffy has developed a taste for couch cushions or turned into a grumpy Gus; she's probably just going through a teething phase. Yes, that's right—those teeny, tiny, needle-like toofers are not here to stay.
With the right kitten teething toys, you can make this phase more comfortable for your kitty—and maybe save your fingers from a few bite marks, too. Take a look at a few of our favorite finds below.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Petstages Dental Cat Chew Toy With Catnip ($6)
- Best Chew Sticks: WoLover Silvervine Natural Catnip Sticks ($6)
- Best Splurge: Catit Senses Massage Center ($34)
- Best Budget: Petstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick Cat Chew Toy ($5)
- Best Teething Ring: Leaps & Bounds Little Paws Teething Ring ($2)
- Best Rubber: Pet Craft Supply Cactus With Bonus Catnip ($8)
- Best Plush: KONG Kitten Teddy Bear Toy ($5)
- Best Tassel: Adumptil Silvervine Teething Chew ($6)
- Best Squeaker: Pet Life Blue Totty-Chew Plush and Rubber Squeaking Teething Toy ($10)
- Best Shapes: Plush Pet Cat Catnip Toy for Kitten Teething Toys ($14)
Best Overall: Petstages Dental Cat Chew Toy With Catnip
Best Chew Sticks: WoLover Silvervine Natural Catnip Sticks
Best Splurge: Catit Senses Massage Center
Best Budget: Petstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick Cat Chew Toy
Best Teething Ring: Leaps & Bounds Little Paws Teething Ring
Best Rubber: Pet Craft Supply Cactus With Bonus Catnip
Best Plush: KONG Kitten Teddy Bear Toy
Best Tassel: Adumptil Silvervine Teething Chew
Best Squeaker: Pet Life Blue Totty-Chew Plush and Rubber Squeaking Teething Toy
Best Shapes: Plush Pet Cat Catnip Toy for Kitten Teething Toys
What to Look for in Kitten Teething Toys
Anything that can be ripped apart is a no-go, since that can create a choking hazard, but you also want to avoid material that's too tough, she says, since it can damage your kitten's teeth. Additionally, be careful to avoid anything that could cause a GI blockage in your nibbling kitty if swallowed (like yarn or ribbon).
Toys with bumpy edges can help massage the gums, making sore gums feel a little better, and she also suggests toys with design elements your kitten loves, like streamers (but not tiny strings that can be swallowed). "In addition, catnip toys are wonderfully stimulating and perfectly safe for kittens. Just be aware that kittens under 6 months of age might not respond to the scent of catnip, and some cats never will." Chew sticks are also a good option, although Stregowski recommends supervising your kitty's chew stick use, especially if it has any additional elements that could come off and become a choking hazard.
When to See Your Vet
While most signs of teething, including a loss of appetite and even some bleeding of their gums, are nothing to be concerned about, Stregowski notes that if there are signs of an infection and/or your kitten's baby teeth have not fallen out as her adult teeth are emerging, it's time to touch base with your vet.
"Signs of oral infections include red and inflamed gums, a discharge from the mouth, and prolonged loss of appetite" she says. "It's important to contact your vet if your cat stops eating entirely for more than a day, even if the mouth looks normal."
As for the baby teeth/adult teeth issue, she says, "You may not notice the loss of baby teeth since kittens often swallow them, but this is harmless. As the adult teeth come in, you might see overcrowding of teeth and two rows of teeth in some places."
Sometimes, baby teeth do not all fall out the way they should. "Retained baby teeth are typically removed in order to avoid future dental problems", says Stregowski. She recommends talking to your vet if you still notice two teeth in the same space, especially after your cat reaches about 6 month of age. Your vet may also notice this during routine examinations and recommend extraction. This is often done at the time of spay or neuter surgery, if elected.