Teeth are a fundamental part of your cat's anatomy, provide your feline with a constructive method of quickly dispatching their pray. It is comparatively recently that cat owners have begun to concentrate on the dental care of their cats. This is of critical importance because not only does poor dental hygiene have an affect on the teeth, but it has been proven that it can affect other organs of the body as well.
Just like we do, cats too have two sets of teeth; kitten (deciduous) teeth and adult (permanent) teeth. Kitten teeth begin to fall out when they are around three months of age.
At two weeks of age deciduous incisors--the small teeth at the front--begin to come in...
At three to four weeks, deciduous canines--the long, pointy teeth next to the front teeth—make their appearance. Then at four to six weeks deciduous pre-molars aka bicuspid--the teeth located between the canine and molar teeth show up. By eight weeks all of the baby teeth have come in.
When the feline reaches twelve to sixteen weeks the incisors come in. Then at four to six months: the canines, pre-molars and molars arrive. All adult teeth should be fully developed at seven months...
Kittens have twenty-six teeth, adult cats have thirty.
Occasionally the adult tooth will materialize before the baby tooth has fallen out. This is called retained teeth. If you see that your kitty has two teeth in the one spot you should take him//her to the veterinarian who will be able to properly extract the baby tooth.
There are several diseases that can affect cat teeth, including: Gingivitis; inflammation of the gums, Endodontic disease; inflammation of the dental pulp; Periodontal disease which is caused by a build up of plaque on the teeth, pockets are created between gums and teeth and there is bone loss, tooth abscess and Stomatitis.
Regularly feed your cat dental special dental care treats. Recurrently clean your cat's teeth. Purchase a special cat toothpaste from your veterinarian or a local pet store. . Do not use human toothpaste on cats! It is wise to begin cleaning your cat's teeth from as early an age as possible.
Check your cat's teeth on a regular basis for signs of disease such as inflamed and red gums, bad breath, tartar on the teeth, or loose or missing teeth. If you observe anything, seek veterinary attention without delay.