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2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Just like humans, cats are also born toothless. At about 2 weeks of age, small incisors begin to form on the front of the mouth; at about 4 weeks the canines emerge, and by 6 weeks of life, premolars will also have emerged. All these teeth are deciduous (or milk): small but pointed and very sharp, during growth (parallel to weaning) they will be replaced by permanent teeth and greater in number. Let's see now in detail when kittens change their teeth.
Kittens have a total of 26 very sharp and pointed deciduous teeth: 6 upper and 6 lower incisors, 4 canines, 6 upper premolars and 4 lower, with no molars. They begin to fall around 11 weeks of age, being gradually replaced by 30 permanent teeth: by 4 months the kitten will already have all the permanent incisors in their place; at 6 months all 10 premolars will have replaced the milk ones, while the 4 molars will not arrive until much later or even in adulthood.
How to notice that the cat is changing its teeth
As the teeth come out, the kitten may be suffering from pain in the gums and they may give it nuisance those that are about to fall, making it more difficult than usual to eat. He may be more irritable and quiet than usual, and immediately stop playing if something hurts in his mouth.
Be patient with him and above all delicateDo not let him keep rigid toys in his mouth that can irritate his gums and above all, do not jerk him. Also avoid brushing his teeth these days, because it will hurt him and could associate this activity with pain. Feed him soft food that does not force him to chew or munch, and consider purchasing a specific teething ring for kittens, to give him some relief.
When to consult a veterinarian
Sometimes the deciduous teeth remain in place, even if the permanent one has already sprung up next to them; it usually happens with the canines. If it stays for more than a week it may be necessary have it extracted to the vet, otherwise it could cause painful problems to the rest of the teeth. It is always a good idea to have your cat's mouth checked by the doctor between 6 and 8 months of age, or when it is time to sterilize it, to make sure that everything goes as it should.
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The fact that yours cat loses its teeth it may seem like a shocking enough event. This is not something you might expect and could make you worry about your furry friend's overall health. If your adult cat has a decidedly open-mouthed smile, in other words he has lost a few teeth, he is certainly not the only one.
It is often thought that that of the elderly cats losing their teeth is a physiological phenomenon and given by age. But is this problem really inevitable, or are there causes on which we can intervene? After the change of milk teeth with permanent ones, which takes place within the first nine months of our cat's life, a tooth loss in the cat is not never an event to be underestimated .
There tooth loss it is a condition that can also affect the cat of affection and can be both physiological and pathological, to help the friend it is necessary to understand the causes that favored the condition. The motivation could be related to age, such as in kittens who are used to having a replacement with relative loss of milk teeth or in older cats.
In this sweet video i cats get their teeth brushed from your master; the result is really sweet. The owner of the cats and also the author of the video, with this video, sent a very important message; or that of prevention and correct dental hygiene.