do baby cats lose teeth

Introduction to kitten teething

These deciduous milk teeth will fall out when they are 3.5 – 4 months old, and the kitten’s permanent adult teeth then grow in. This means that kittens teethe twice in their lives – once for their set of 26 baby teeth and again when their 30 adult teeth come through.

When Do Cats Lose Baby Teeth?

About three months or twelve weeks is when cats start to lose their baby teeth. The average kitten will have lost all of her baby teeth by the time she is between six and nine months old, though the exact timing varies among animals just as much as it does among humans. If all goes according to plan, most of the permanent teeth should have emerged by now.

How can I tell if my kitten is teething?

The following are a few indicators that your kitten might be in the teething stage:

  • Vocalizing more, from small to loud meows
  • Increased chewing, especially on soft items
  • Drooling
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chewing food more slowly
  • Eating less
  • Crankiness
  • Hesitant to bite at or shake toys
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Gingivitis

The majority of these symptoms don’t need to worry you. However, you should still monitor your kitten. It would be wise to get in touch with your veterinarian if your cat experiences severe weight loss due to an insatiable appetite, for example. While some gum bleeding is normal, excessive bleeding should be reported to your veterinarian as it may indicate dental problems.

What can I do to make my teething kitten feel better?

Fortunately, you have a few choices to assist your teething kitten. You can try to:

  • Serve soft food, such as canned food or kibble that has been soaked in warm water.
  • To keep her occupied and exhausted, make sure you spend a lot of time playing with her in an interactive manner.
  • Make her some diluted tuna juice or low-sodium chicken broth ice cubes to play with and chew on. The ice will soothe irritated gums. This is an especially popular item during hot weather!.
  • Provide soft toys to chew on
  • Provide pet-safe cat grass for snacking

Discomfort is usually mild and should resolve itself. In cases of severe pain, be sure to get in touch with your veterinarian. Never give your kitten medication meant for other pets or older cats; always get your veterinarian’s advice before giving any medication.

FAQ

Do baby cat teeth fall out?

Cats begin losing their baby teeth at around 12 weeks or 3 months. Although the timing varies between animals as much as it does among humans, the average kitten will have lost all her baby teeth by between 6 and 9 months old.

Is it normal for a 6 month old kitten to lose teeth?

Yes! Between about three and six months of age, your kitten will lose her deciduous (or “baby”) teeth as her adult teeth come in. The teeth you find will be tiny, and often are just a hollow shell. This is normal, because her body has resorbed the root of the baby teeth to allow them to fall out more easily.

Which teeth do kittens lose first?

The deciduous teeth begin to fall out and are replaced by the permanent adult teeth from 11 to 24 weeks of age. The incisor teeth are the first ones to fall out, between 11 and 16 weeks of age, followed by the canine teeth at 12 to 20 weeks of age, then the premolar teeth at 16-20 weeks of age.

Is my 1 year old cat teething?

No, kittens don’t need help with teething. (At 1-year-old, that period is over anyway.) If your kitten (or newly-adult cat) bites your hand in a non-aggressive way, it means she wants to play! Spend some more play time with your cat, and she will be happy.