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A study on your cat’s baby teeth

Look, new teeth are coming in
Look, new teeth are coming in
Karla Kirby

Cats, like humans have a set of tiny baby teeth. Kittens develop deciduous teeth between the ages of two and four weeks of age. They start to lose these baby teeth somewhere between three or four months.

Cats have a total of 26 baby teeth—14 in the upper jaw and 12 in the lower jaw. Kittens grow a total of 12 incisors, three on each side of the upper and lower jaws, and then come two upper and lower canine teeth, sometimes called fangs, six upper pre-molars and four lower pre-molars.

Kittens can experience distress when either set of teeth comes in, just like human babies. The gums may get quite tender, making it hard for kittens to eat or even play. It is common for cats to swallow some baby teeth as they fall out.

You can give your kitten a pet teething ring to relieve soreness or soak and freeze a small rag for him/her to play with. Offer soft food and avoid brushing your cat's teeth at this time...

Sometimes, but rarely a baby tooth fails to dislodge after permanent teeth have grown in, If this is the case, let your veterinarian know about it. He/she may have to extract that baby tooth.

It is important to pay close attention to your cat. Though cats tend to hide pain, the signs are there and an observant, caring eye will spot them and make sure their much loved feline will get the especial care he/she so richly deserves. Problems taken care of right away will be far less costly than just letting them go.