Kitten Teething: When Do Teeth Come Out?

If you are present when your kitten is a baby, you may not see anything but pink inside that yawning little mouth, just like with a human baby. Before you know it, however, your kitten will start to develop tiny incisors, sharp enough to sting if the kitten sucks on your finger.

By six weeks of age, your kitten will have most of her first set of 26 teeth completely in place. These are often known as baby teeth.

You will definitely notice his presence as the kitten becomes more daring and playful, attacking any object within reach!

When do cats change their baby teeth?

 

Sometime between the second and fourth week, your kitten will begin to get her primary teeth.

This is not so bad.

But time passes and your kitten turns 3 or 4 months old . Your joy can turn to sadness. He may complain or cry when he chews on a toy that he used to love to attack. Your appetite may decrease. It could be drooling. You may be able to see a bit of blood on a chew toy, but that’s not a cause for panic.

All of these are signs that, just in time, the kitten is losing her baby teeth and getting adult teeth.

While many kitties don’t mind, teething often comes with a built-in set of discomfort, sore gums, and loose teeth. They make chewing difficult and will confuse a young kitten who was beginning to discover his growth process.

Helpful Ideas to Relieve Teething Pain

 

What can you do to help your kitty in this normal, but sometimes uncomfortable stage?

To start with, provide soft food and watch that your kitten is eating regularly and not losing weight.

Although veterinarians encourage regular tooth brushing, give this practice a few weeks off. You don’t want the kitty to associate normal oral hygiene with the pain she’s feeling now.

Put a wet washcloth in the freezer . Don’t let it freeze completely, just make it nice and cold. The cold will help relieve gum pain.

Counterintuitively, even if it hurts to chew, your kitty will want to bite when her teeth are coming in. You’ll see him trying to chew on absolutely everything, even your own fingers and toes.

Provides a variety of gnaw toys . Nylon chews will allow the kitten to chew to the limit, while a slightly sturdier toy such as a rubber ring will help ease the pain.

 

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How to deal with your cat if it bites you

Say no

It’s important for your kitty to be very clear that even if her gums hurt, biting people is not an acceptable behavior. If you let it go during this stage, your kitty will see no reason to stop later.

When your kitten bites you, say NO! Loudly and clearly, then blow gently into the kitten’s face, to emphasize that the behavior is inappropriate. As cute as it is to watch the kitten stalking your toes, stay consistent or you will confuse him.

But be nice

Although your kitten may be aggressively looking to gut any “prey” that comes his way, and play with it. It’s all fun, be gentle. If you get into a tug of war with the mighty hunter, make sure you don’t pull too hard to your side.

That cold washcloth we mentioned earlier? It is a great war toy, at the same time that the kitten bites it to play and pull it, the cold would calm its mouth.

Be careful

Every now and then one of your kitty’s teeth may not fall out. If an adult tooth pushes it back it can cause great pain, and worse, an infection. This happens very rarely, but keep an eye out.

This happens very rarely , but keep an eye out. If the kitten’s pain doesn’t seem to be getting better, or is getting worse, take him to the vet.

Other problems can be misaligned teeth or crowding. Don’t worry, these problems are very rare, but it’s worth knowing that they exist. Take your kitty to the vet for her regular checkups and everything should be fine.

Remember…

Ultimately, this is a normal life stage that your kitten must go through to become a strong and healthy adult cat. Be patient, kind, and understanding. It’s never nice to see your favorite little friend suffer. Your kitty may be slightly uncomfortable, but she’s not really in pain. (Unless one of the very rare complications mentioned above arises)

Remember that your little kitten is growing. It’s fun to watch him explore the world and test his limits. Despite the occasional inconvenience, enjoy the moment, because it’s just another adventure that you and your kitty are sharing together.

 

 

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