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10 Best Foods for Cats With No Teeth — 2024 Reviews & Top Picks

Kathryn Copeland

By Kathryn Copeland

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Cats can lose their teeth for many of the same reasons that we humans do. It can be from periodontal disease, or it might be part of the aging process. Either way, watching your cat struggle to eat their favorite food can be heartbreaking, so it’s time to start looking for new food.

You need to focus on food that will not only be easier for your cat to chew but also provide the appropriate nutritional balance.

Here are reviews of 10 different cat foods that should work for your dentally challenged cat. Hopefully, this list will help you find the right food for your feline friend.

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A Quick Look at Our Favorites in 2024

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Blue Buffalo Tastefuls Spoonless Singles Blue Buffalo Tastefuls Spoonless Singles
  • Pâté texture doesn’t require chewing
  • No artificial ingredients or fillers
  • Container has a “chopper,” so no utensils needed
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Fancy Feast Grilled Seafood Feast Fancy Feast Grilled Seafood Feast
  • Well-priced
  • Different flavors add variety to the diet
  • Grilled soft chunks in gravy
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition
  • Good for senior cats 12 and over
  • Thin slices of chicken and pork in gravy
  • Omega-3 fatty acids for joint health
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Dental Care Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Dental Care
  • Reduces the bacteria that cause plaque
  • Kibble texture cleans tartar, plaque, and stains
  • Good-sized kibble for most cats
  • Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Variety Pack Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Variety Pack
  • Has six different flavors
  • 8-oz pouches with high-quality protein
  • No fillers or artificial ingredients
  • The 10 Best Foods for Cats With No Teeth

    1. Blue Buffalo Tastefuls Spoonless Singles Pate Cat Food — Best Overall

    Blue Buffalo Tastefuls Spoonless Singles Chicken Entrée Pate Adult Cat Food

    Main ingredients: Chicken, chicken liver, chicken broth
    Protein content: 10%
    Fat content: 6%
    Calories: 46 kcals/serving

    Blue Buffalo’s Tastefuls Spoonless Singles Pate is the best overall food for cats with no teeth. You get a healthy and easy-to-eat pâté that your cat doesn’t need to chew and will provide a balanced diet. It doesn’t contain artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or any fillers like soy, corn, or by-products. One unique aspect of this food is the containers. Each container is single-serve, so there are no leftovers. It also has a little fork-like attachment that you can use to chop up the food so you don’t have to dirty a utensil.

    The only major flaw with Tastefuls is the price, which makes it not suitable for multi-cat homes.

    Pros
    • Pâté texture doesn’t require chewing
    • No artificial ingredients or fillers
    • Single-serve containers mean no leftovers
    • The container has a “chopper,” so no utensils are needed
    Cons
    • Pricey

    2. Fancy Feast Grilled Seafood Variety Pack Canned Cat Food — Best Value

    Fancy Feast Grilled Seafood Feast Variety Pack Canned Cat Food

    Main ingredients: Fish broth, ocean fish, tuna, salmon
    Protein content: 11%
    Fat content: 2%
    Calories: 70 kcal/can

    The best food for cats with no teeth for the money is Fancy Feast Grilled Seafood Feast Variety Pack. The bonus with a variety pack is that it’s a great way to figure out what your cat’s favorite flavors are. It also adds variety to your cat’s diet. There are three seafood flavors (tuna, seafood, and salmon and shrimp) that come in grilled soft chunks in gravy that don’t need much chewing. It’s balanced with added vitamins and minerals, and most cats love it!

    However, some cats without teeth might still have trouble with the chunks, so you might need to mash them up. Also, some cats don’t like the chunks and might only lick up the gravy.

    Pros
    • Well-priced
    • Different flavors add variety to the diet
    • Grilled soft chunks in gravy
    • Balanced diet that most cats love
    Cons
    • Might need to mash the chunks
    • Some cats only lick up the gravy

    3. Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Aging 12+ Thin Slices in Gravy — Premium Choice

    Royal Canin Aging 12+ Thin Slices in Gravy Canned Cat Food

    Main ingredients: Water, pork by-products, pork liver
    Protein content: 9%
    Fat content: 5%
    Calories: 71 kcal/can

    Royal Canin’s Feline Health Nutrition Aging 12+ is our premium choice pick. It’s ideal if you have a toothless senior cat over 12 years old. It has thin slices of a pork and chicken mixture with gravy, so it’s tasty for most cats, and it’s easier to chew. Since it’s for senior cats, it has controlled phosphorus levels to support kidney health and omega-3 fatty acids for joint health.

    However it’s fairly expensive, and the texture of the food can be inconsistent. Sometimes it’s large chunks instead of thin slices, which might need mashing.

    Pros
    • Good for senior cats 12 and over
    • Thin slices of chicken and pork in gravy
    • Controlled phosphorus levels for kidney health
    • Omega-3 fatty acids for joint health
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Texture isn’t always consistent

    4. Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Dental Care Dry Cat Food

    Hill's Prescription Diet t_d Dental Care Chicken Flavor Dry Cat Food

    Main ingredients: Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, corn gluten meal
    Protein content: 30%
    Fat content: 14%
    Calories: 268 kcal/cup

    Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Dental Care is a great choice for cats with dental problems. This food is best for cats that still have a few teeth because it’s dry food that helps clean the remaining teeth and reduces the bacteria that causes plaque. The texture of the kibble cleans the surfaces of the teeth of tartar, plaque, and stains, and it also helps reduce bad breath. This food was formulated by veterinarians and nutritionists, so the food has the right balance of vitamins and minerals, and the kibble size should work for most cats.

    However, it is expensive and might not work for cats with no teeth at all. Plus, you’ll need a prescription from your vet to purchase this food.

    Pros
    • Reduces the bacteria that cause plaque
    • Kibble texture cleans tartar, plaque, and stains
    • Good-sized kibble for most cats
    • Created by veterinarians and nutritionists
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Needs a prescription from a vet
    • Won’t work for cats with no teeth

    5. Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Variety Pack Grain-Free Wet Cat Food

    Tiki Cat Luau Velvet Mousse Variety Pack Grain-Free Wet Cat Food, 2.8-oz pouch

    Main ingredients: Tuna, chicken, salmon, broth
    Protein content: 13% (average)
    Fat content: 4% (average)
    Calories: 80 kcal/pouch (average)

    Tiki Cat’s Velvet Mousse Variety Pack offers six different flavors (tuna and mackerel, chicken and salmon, salmon, chicken, chicken and egg, and tuna and chicken), all in a soft mousse texture. The meals come in 2.8-ounce pouches and give your cat high-quality, high-protein, complete, and balanced nutrition. Each pouch includes a broth for added moisture and flavor and doesn’t contain any fillers or artificial ingredients.

    It is pricey, though, and the texture of the food is thick, which makes it challenging to get it out of the pouches.

    Pros
    • Has six different flavors
    • Tasty mousse texture
    • 8-oz pouches with high-quality protein
    • Added broth for moisture and flavor
    • No fillers or artificial ingredients
    Cons
    • Pricey
    • Difficult to get the food out of the pouches

    6. Earthborn Holistic Monterey Medley Grain-Free Natural Canned Cat & Kitten Food

    Earthborn Holistic Monterey Medley Grain-Free Natural Canned Cat & Kitten Food

    Main ingredients: Fish broth, skipjack tuna, mackerel
    Protein content: 12%
    Fat content: 2%
    Calories: 121 kcal/5.5-oz. can

    Earthborn’s Holistic Monterey Medley Grain-Free Natural Canned Food is a completely natural, shredded wet food. It has whole tuna and mackerel as the main ingredients, and being natural means there are no artificial ingredients. There are added vitamins and minerals to support the immune system and taurine for vision and heart health. It also includes omega-3 and -6 for healthy skin and fur, as well as natural fiber for gastrointestinal health.

    But it is relatively expensive, and the shredded texture might be difficult for some cats to eat.

    Pros
    • Shredded wet food with whole tuna and mackerel
    • No artificial ingredients
    • Added vitamins and minerals, including taurine, for heart and vision health
    • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids for healthy skin and fur
    • Natural fibers for gastrointestinal health
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Shredded texture might be difficult for some cats to eat

    7. Sheba Perfect Portions Seafood Pate Variety Pack Grain-Free Cat Food

    Sheba Perfect Portions Seafood Pate Variety Pack Grain-Free Adult Wet Cat Food Trays

    Main ingredients: Chicken, water, salmon, white fish, poultry liver
    Protein content: 8% (average)
    Fat content: 4% (average)
    Calories: 36 kcal/serving (average)

    Sheba Perfect Portions Seafood Pate Variety Pack gives you three different flavors (salmon, seafood, and whitefish and tuna). It’s affordable and is a nice, light pâté in single-serve trays. You just peel and serve, and there are no leftovers or artificial preservatives or flavors.

    The packaging can be a problem, unfortunately. It can be a challenge to open the trays — the foil can be difficult to open without spilling some of it. Additionally, while these are advertised as seafood flavors, each has chicken as the main ingredient.

    Pros
    • Three different flavors
    • Affordable
    • Easy to serve
    • No artificial ingredients
    Cons
    • Packaging can be difficult to open
    • Seafood flavors but with chicken as the main ingredient

    8. Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend With Real Chicken Dry Cat Food

    Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food

    Main ingredients: Chicken, rice flour, chicken by-product meal
    Protein content: 34%
    Fat content: 15%
    Calories: 370 kcal/cup

    Purina’s ONE Tender Selects Blend is dry cat food and might work for cats with a few teeth. But while it is kibble, softer tender morsels are mixed in with it, which are tasty and easy to chew. It has a combination of ingredients that help your cat’s digestive health, which maintains the microbiome balance. It includes prebiotic fiber that supports the immune system and gut health. It also contains four antioxidant sources, calcium, and omega-6 for overall body health. There are no artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers.

    But some cats might only want to eat the meaty morsels, and many bags of this food seem full of broken and crumbled pieces.

    Pros
    • Kibble with easy-to-chew tender morsels
    • Supports gut and immune system with prebiotic fiber
    • Contains four antioxidant sources, calcium, and omega-6
    • No artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers
    Cons
    • Some cats only eat the meaty morsels
    • Many bags of food seem to arrive in mostly crumbles

    9. Fancy Feast Classic Broths With Tuna & Vegetable Cat Food Pouches

    Fancy Feast Classic Broths with Tuna & Vegetables Supplemental Wet Cat Food Pouches

    Main ingredients: Fish broth, tuna, tomatoes
    Protein content: 7%
    Fat content: .05%
    Calories: 491 kcal/kg

    While Fancy Feast’s Classic Broths With Tuna & Vegetable isn’t exactly a meal, it is a broth that can be added to dry food to help moisten it and make it tastier. The main ingredients are pieces of tuna in a healthy broth containing fish and vegetables. It comes in a pouch, so you just need to open it and pour it over your cat’s dry food, and it’s available in several different flavors.

    But while it isn’t expensive, you don’t get much product for what you pay for, and the pouch’s design makes it difficult to empty. Additionally, there are pieces that need chewing, so it might not work for cats with no teeth.

    Pros
    • Broth that can be added to moisten dry food
    • Main ingredients are tuna pieces in a healthy broth
    • No artificial ingredients
    Cons
    • Pricey for not much product
    • Pouch design makes it difficult to get everything out
    • Chewable pieces might be challenging for toothless cats

    10. Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Senior Dry Food

    Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Senior Dry Cat Food

    Main ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, pea protein
    Protein content: 36%
    Fat content: 17%
    Calories: 445 kcal/cup

    Nutro’s Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice is a dry food formulated for senior cats. This means your cat will need to have at least a few teeth in order to chew the food. It’s natural food with balanced vitamins and minerals that feature real chicken as the main ingredient. Added nutrients such as taurine will support your senior cat’s heart, as well as omega-6 for a shiny coat and healthy skin. There aren’t any artificial ingredients or fillers.

    But while it isn’t one of the more expensive cat foods out there, it is still pricey compared to most other brands. Additionally, picky senior cats might not like it, and this food probably won’t work for toothless cats.

    Pros
    • Formulated for senior cats
    • Real chicken is the main ingredient
    • Included taurine for heart health
    • Omega-6 for skin and coat health
    • No fillers or artificial ingredients
    Cons
    • Pricey
    • Toothless cats might have trouble eating it
    • Picky cats might not like it

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    Buyer’s Guide — Choosing the Best Foods for Cats With No Teeth

    Now that you’ve had a look at possible food choices for your cat, let’s go over a few tips for shopping.

    Best Foods for a Toothless or Almost-Toothless Cat

    Any dentally challenged cat will do best with wet and canned cat food, particularly when it’s in a mousse or pâté consistency, as it won’t require any chewing at all. You’ll also have many choices in flavors.

    Your options can include:

    • What’s most ideal are gravy-based foods, soups, broths, terrines, and shredded meats.
    • Dry food can be crushed up into much smaller pieces for cats that prefer dry food. You can also add broth, water, or gravy (made for cats) to soften the food (broths and gravies made for people will have seasonings and are not good for cats).
    • You can try making your own food for your cat so you can shred and tenderize it. Always cook any food meant for your cat plain, with no seasonings.

    Senior Cats

    You can use the ideas in the previous tip but remember to include nutrients for senior cats. This way, your older cat will still receive the proper nutrition to support them in their old age. Wet food will not only be easier for a cat with dental issues to eat, but it is also high in water content, so it can keep your cat well hydrated.

    While providing our feline companions with high-quality food is paramount, selecting the right food and water bowl is equally important. The modern yet practical design of our Hepper NomNom Cat Bowl combines cat-catered features, like whisker-friendly shallow dishes and slight elevation, with a contemporary style aimed at protecting your floors from messy eating and drinking. The NomNom is entirely dishwasher safe and was thoughtfully created with your cat’s health and well-being in mind. 

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    Feeding Only Wet Food to Your Cat

    If you’re wondering whether it is safe to feed your cat only wet food, it is a good option for the most part. Wet food is highly palatable and has high water content, so it is effective at keeping your cat hydrated.

    Dry food has its advantages, particularly if a cat needs to put on weight (dry food is typically high in carbohydrates), and it does help a cat’s oral health. But to ensure that your toothless cat has an optimal diet, speak to your vet for food recommendations.

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    Taking Care of Your Cat’s Teeth

    You can speak to your vet about this, but starting your cat at a young age will make the dental care journey much more manageable. Keeping your cat’s teeth clean starts with brushing their teeth, but only use products meant for cats, particularly toothpaste. Most cats won’t tolerate minty human toothpaste, which can also be toxic to cats.

    This is where dry food has an advantage. The kibble’s texture does an excellent job of scraping the tartar and plaque off and aids in keeping their teeth cleaner.

    Beyond that, ensure that you see your vet once a year, which will include a dental checkup. The more you look after your cat’s teeth while they are still young, the less likely that they will lose them.

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    Conclusion

    Blue Buffalo’s Tastefuls Spoonless Singles Pate is our favorite food for cats with no teeth. You get single-serve trays that enable you to serve it without utensils, and it’s a nice soft pâté.

    There’s also Fancy Feast Grilled Seafood Feast Variety Pack, which features grilled soft chunks in gravy and is quite affordable.

    Royal Canin’s Feline Health Nutrition Aging 12+ is our premium choice for cats with little to no teeth and who are seniors. The controlled phosphorus will support your older cat’s kidneys, and the omega-3 is great for an older cat’s joint health.

    Finally, Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Dental Care for cats is another great choice for dental problems. It helps keep the remaining teeth clean and reduces the bacteria that cause plaque.

    We hope that these reviews of these 10 foods designed for cats with dental problems have helped you narrow down your choices. Opting for regular oral care and a balanced diet should help your cat retain their teeth longer and continue to live a healthy and happy life.


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