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How Much Does Cat Teeth Cleaning Cost?

 
low costAt-Home Regimen: $10 or lessaverage costVeterinary Teeth Cleaning: $55-$830
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A cat's teeth should be maintained by daily brushing and having a professional clean its teeth periodically. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 70 percent of cats show signs of oral and dental disease by age three. Daily cleaning costs little and can prevent serious, more expensive problems later.

Typical costs:

  • An at-home, teeth-cleaning regimen can be set up with an investment of $10 or less. Possible tools include a handled toothbrush -- a smaller version of the human toothbrush -- and finger brushes, a rubber finger glove that has rubber bristles.
  • A standard starter kit by Petrodex[1] containing a toothbrush, finger brush and tube of toothpaste sells for $9-$11.
  • Owners of more skittish cats may find that they can get the job done easier with a finger glove than a handled brush. These retail for about $4 for a set of two.
  • The average price of a veterinary teeth cleaning is $400, with a range from $55 to $830. The price depends on whether blood work is done, whether teeth are pulled and whether the cat is anesthetized. The price also depends on the location and availability of veterinarians.
Related articles: Cat Vaccination, Cat Declawing, Buying a Cat, Owning a Cat

What should be included:
  • During a professional teeth cleaning, a technician or veterinarian uses ultrasonic hand instruments to remove tartar and calculus from above and below the gum line, polishes teeth using a fluoride paste and conducts a thorough examination checking for periodontal disease and cavities.
  • PetEducation.com says teeth cleaning[2] is an important part of general health care in cats. Like humans, cats' oral health can affect the entire health system of the body. Teeth that are not brushed can form plaque, which becomes tartar, which can lead to infected gums, abscessed teeth, tooth loss and bacterial infections of vital organs.
Additional costs:
  • Antibiotics typically cost between $30 and $50. If the veterinarian suspects the cat has an infection of some kind -- usually due to an abscessed tooth from neglected teeth and gums -- he or she may prescribe antibiotics to be taken about a week before and a week after the cleaning. This is because weak gums may bleed, and the infected blood could make its way into the cat's vital organs, causing a more complicated infection that could be fatal.
  • Some cat treats claim dental health benefits like better breath and plaque removal capabilities, such as Feline Greenies[3] , starting at $3-$4.
Discounts:
  • Professional cleaning may be covered by pet health insurance. For example, Veterinary Pet Insurance[4] 's premier coverage plan includes a $100 reimbursement for veterinary dental cleaning.
  • Check with a local vet or shelter to see if there are any dental cleaning specials during February, which is Pet Dental Awareness Month.
Shopping for cat teeth cleaning:
  • Cats should be eased into daily teeth cleaning[5] . Cornell University recommends using a four-week training program to teach your cat to accept teeth cleaning.
  • All veterinarians perform teeth cleanings. The American Veterinary Medicine Association has a vet finder[6] tool.
  • For specialized treatment, find a veterinary dentist through the American Veterinary Dental College's directory[7] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
$1600 in Edgewater NJ
Amount: $1,600.00
Posted by: Lucyshelly in Edgewater, NJ.Posted: June 15th, 2015 01:06PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vets officeCost: $1600
$70 for the pre oral exam visit.mthen they gave me an estimate that was from $450-$1250. I agreed hoping it wouldn't be at the higher end of the estimate but prepared nonetheless.nthe. They called me while my cat was UNDER ANESTHESIA And told me that actually it would be $1600 because it was really bad and they had to remove all of his teeth. When I went in for the pre surgery visit I specifically asked what the worst case scenario would be and how much that would cost. Of course they did not tell me anything about having to maybe take out all of his teeth and it costing me way more than their estimate. I had no choice and had to pay it. I have yet to find a vet that isn't a complete crook or doesn't totally take advantage of pet parents.
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Cat Teeth Cleaning / no extractions/ yes fluids
Amount: $157.00
Posted by: Aileen Roberts in Arlington, TX.Posted: May 29th, 2015 03:05PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Veterinarian's OfficeCost: 157.00
I was dumbfounded when I read some of the quotes and amounts spent for a cats teeth cleaning cited on this website. I always knew that my vet was the best and had a lower cost than most, but not hundreds of dollars less. I'm thinking that I'm glad I live in Texas, for this reason and many many other reasons!
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Cat Dental Cleaning incl anesthetic plus antibotics
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Elaine in Rockville MD in Rockville, MD.Posted: March 12th, 2015 07:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet's Office Rockville MDCost: 400
Took both my cats in so bill was $800 ($00 each) - sheesh! but I'm glad they gave me the dental month discount or it could have been $900 ($450 each) . Guess it would have been slightly (very) cheaper if they didn't need antibiotics to follow-up. $400 each seems to fall within normal range though. Note: this is Feb 2015 but system year only goes through 2014.
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dental cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Leo's Mom in Florence, SC.Posted: December 11th, 2014 09:12PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: veterinarianCost: $125
I was quoted $125 but the vet. dr. wasn't sure! There is a 3 month wait to have this done. Meanwhile I asked for advice in the meantime, and she merely, said to start cleaning the cat's teeth and just take the risk of getting bit!!! OMG. I think $125 is alot but compared to what Ive read, this sounds like a bargain. Debating to get this done since I cannot afford it!
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Another reason to leave Connecticut
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: romanimal in Colchester, CT.Posted: May 5th, 2014 07:05PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet officeCost: 680
Here in central Connecticut $180 for exam and bloodwork. $500 for cleaning and anesthesia. Extractions, etc are extra.
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What People Are Paying - Cat teeth cleaning
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: just purrfect in Exeter, NH.Posted: March 28th, 2014 07:03AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Vet\'s officeCost: quote
11 year old healthy cat - vet wants to do teeth cleaning on her. Vet is charging between $750 - $1600 for teeth cleaning. No problems, no serious issues with cat's teeth, no extractions! I am appalled! Living on Social Security and Medicare simply cannot afford this! I live in New Hampshire. Tried to ask vet to lower costs due to limited income and she refused. Thots,pls!!! Sincerely, Melinda
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dental cleaning-cat
Amount: $289.00
Posted by: Sherri1999 in roseville, MI.Posted: March 12th, 2013 03:03PM
At home or at veterinarian's office: veterinarianCost: 289.00
this amount included-oral examination, anesthesia, dental fluid therapy set-up(?),scaling and polishing, recovery monitoring, hospitalization, dental X-rays--multiple views, pre-anesthetic sedation, Telazol sedation, DexDomitor, Torbugesic 10mg/ml injection. I thought this was high but apparently not.
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teeth cleaning and pulled one tooth under general anesthetic plus antibotics
Amount: $330.00
Posted by: LD53 in Nampa, ID.Posted: February 10th, 2013 10:02AM
At home or at veterinarian's office: Pet Health Clinic In Nampa IdCost: 330.00
To oexpensive for what they did. Cheaper for Adults to have the same thing.rnNow my sweet Lizzie has some type of respiratory infection, she has no energy and is sneezing frequently.
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  2.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2121&aid=516
  3.  www.greenies.com/cats/cat-dental-care.aspx
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