Like human children, puppies and kittens lose their baby teeth. They are then replaced by permanent adult teeth. The process can be a bit unnerving, but it is perfectly normal. In rare cases, your kitty may need dental care to make sure her teeth fit properly in her mouth. Baby teeth in kittens
Kittens are born without any teeth. Their first teeth (usually the incisors in the front of the mouth) begin to appear at around two weeks of age. Baby teeth are a bit translucent, and not very large.
Two weeks later, you should notice that its fangs are growing. By the time they are six weeks old, their “premolars” will have appeared. All of these 26 teeth will be removed and replaced with adult teeth.
Puppies and kittens have needle-sharp teeth. A full set of emerging teeth irritates the nursing mother and begins the weaning process. This is the point where kittens stop nursing and start eating solid foods on their own. If you have a kitten that was separated from its mother, you may have been providing supplemental nutrition through a bottle. If that’s the case, now is a great time to stop bottle feeding and allow your kitten to start feeding on her own.
How to help a kitten when it has baby teeth?
The start time and duration of the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth vary with each animal, but in general, loss of baby teeth usually begins around 3 months of age and ends between 6 and 9 months old.
Kittens begin to lose their baby teeth at 11 weeks of age. You may notice that your kitten seems to have sore gums: he may have a more difficult time chewing food or be unusually shy when playing or looking for games. Your kitty may also drool a little when her teeth fall out. When this happens:
- Make sure your pet has plenty of soft foods that won’t irritate his gums.
- Avoid games that require you to use your mouth.
- Avoid brushing her teeth or gums, as this could be painful.
What to do when kittens’ baby teeth fall out?
As they grow, the adult teeth push against the roots of the baby teeth. Over time, adult teeth absorb the roots of the teeth. When baby teeth fall out, all that remains are the crowns of the teeth.
Baby teeth can fall out anytime, anywhere. You can find baby teeth in the carpet, glued to a toy, or in your pet’s fur. Very often, missing teeth are hard to find. Many animals will swallow them, which is normal and not harmful to your pet.
The gums should heal quickly after the loss of the baby tooth. Adult teeth are denser, brighter white, and much larger than protruding baby teeth.
What to do if a kitten’s baby teeth don’t fall out
Animals that do not lose their baby teeth have a condition called retained baby teeth. Often it is the canine teeth (the “fangs” in cats and dogs) that are retained. Retained teeth must be removed, usually at the time of spaying or neutering, to prevent other problems from developing. Removal of these retained teeth allows adult teeth to grow properly and prevents breakage or infection of the most fragile baby teeth.
Now is the time to take care of those teeth! Accustoming your pet to a dental care routine while young is the best way to ensure dental health later on.
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