It is always reassuring to know what to expect in regards to your kitten’s rapid development including her teething.
In this article, I will share everything you need to know about kitten teething. Learn about the process, its duration and get to know the teething symptoms.
Later on, you can also find important tips that can help you with a teething kitten.
What is kitten teething? – Do kittens teethe?
Teething is a natural part of life, not only in humans but in cats as well. So just like humans, kittens will indeed go through the process of teething. In fact, there are two stages of kitten teething:
- The first stage is when kittens get their deciduous teeth (also known as the “baby”, “milk”, or “primary” teeth).
- The second stage is when these deciduous baby teeth fall out and new, permanent teeth erupt.
Kitten teething is the process by which kittens’ teeth sequentially appear by emerging through the gums. However, most people (mistakenly) refer to teething in cats as the process of the kittens’ baby teeth being replaced by adult teeth.
The reason behind this common belief is that this first period of teething passes relatively unnoticed. First of all, the kittens’ teeth have sharp edges which help their movement through the gums because of which kittens don’t really suffer during this stage. Also, as the kittens’ mother is nursing, it provides stimulation which helps the process along.
So even though kittens go through two stages of teething, we, cat owners, usually deal with kitten teething only at the second teething stage.
What happens during teething in kittens?
Teething in cats is a complex process by which the kittens’ teeth form, enter the mouth and become visible.
During the first stage, long before the first kitten teeth erupt through the gums, they are almost completely formed and are hidden from view in the kittens’ jawbones. As they develop, they are pushed upward into the mouth until they finally become visible.
After having all the primary baby cat teeth erupted, the adult, new teeth begin to develop from tooth buds underneath. As these teeth are growing bigger, they put pressure on the baby teeth’ roots making the roots weak and the baby teeth loose in its place.
As the adult set of teeth begins pushing through the gums (erupting) behind the baby teeth, they push the baby teeth out and the kittens start shedding their primary, deciduous teeth. And this is called the second stage of kitten teething.
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Kitten teething chart – When do kittens teethe?
To understand the kitten teething timeline, it is important to bring a fact into prominence: cats are diphyodont. They develop two successive sets of teeth during their lives.
These two sets of teeth come in at different growth stages: the deciduous, or baby teeth come in first but these kitten teeth are only temporary. Later on, they fall out to make room for the permanent, adult set of teeth.
Now, let’s go through the kitten teething chart in detail.
When do kittens start teething?
Newborn kittens are born without any visible teeth. However, they start developing their first set of teeth right after their birth.
The teething process usually starts when kittens reach two to three weeks of age. (The exact age differs among breeds and can also vary within kittens of the same litter.) This is the time when the first set of deciduous teeth starts to break through the gums. This process is also known as tooth eruption.
The very first kitten teeth to erupt are the deciduous incisors which are the very small teeth at the front of the kittens’ mouth. The next ones that break through the gums are the long, pointy, chisel-shaped canines (also called fangs) at the corners of the jaw. The premolars right behind the canines along the sides follow shortly, and this is all, as kittens have no deciduous molar teeth.
At about two months of age, the entire first set of teeth (26 baby teeth) will have erupted. However, the kitten teething process does not end here. Kittens lose these baby teeth shortly after their eruption as they are only the temporary deciduous teeth that are meant to be replaced with permanent, adult set of teeth.
This happens just a few weeks after the baby teeth have erupted at the age of three to four months. This is the time when the second phase of teething begins.
At the same time as the deciduous teeth fall out, the first permanent adult teeth start appearing. In kittens, this happens by the time they reach their third or fourth month of age.
During the second kitten teething period, the permanent teeth appear in the same order as the temporary ones. The first permanent teeth to appear are the incisors, followed by the canines. After these teeth pop out, the premolars begin to slowly grow in. The four molar cat teeth do not come in until early adulthood.
When do kittens stop teething?
The kitten teething process is complete when all the permanent, adult teeth are in place.
After going through the first and second phase of kitten teething, the whole teething period ends typically when the kittens are about six to seven months old.
By this time, cats have 30 permanent, (usually healthy) adult cat teeth.
So how long do kittens teethe?
The kitten teething process is relatively rapid. The teething period starts when kittens are around two to three weeks old and continues for several months until all of the adult teeth have grown in at the age of six to seven months.
Although the duration can vary depending on the breed as well as the individual cat, it typically takes about 6 months to complete.
Kitten teething chart – When do kittens teeth – Summary
As a summary, here is the kitten teething chart:
The teething process usually starts when kittens are at their second week, and by the time they are about eight weeks old they will end up with 26 deciduous or baby teeth.
Order of the temporary, baby teeth eruption in kittens:
- 2 weeks old: deciduous incisors start to appear,
- 3 – 4 weeks old: deciduous canines pop out,
- 4 – 6 weeks old: deciduous premolars come in,
- 8 weeks old: all baby teeth should have erupted.
Right after the baby teeth start falling out by the time cats reach three to four months of age, the permanent, adult teeth start growing in. By their sixth or seventh month, the full set of permanent adult teeth: all 30 teeth will have erupted completely.
Order of the permanent, adult teeth eruption in cats:
- 3 – 4 months old: incisors start to appear,
- 4 – 6 months old: canines, premolars, molars come in,
- 6 – 7 months old: all permanent, adult teeth should be fully developed.
Kitten teething symptoms – How do I know: Is my kitten teething?
Being cat owners, it is important to know the signs of kitten teething so that we can be aware that the process is taking place and can help our little cats relieve their discomfort or even pain.
During this stage of your kitten’s life, you may notice the following teething symptoms:
- Sore, inflamed gums: As new teeth emerge, you may find that your kitten’s gums are a bit sore or swollen with a slight redness. Gums are quite tender when new teeth erupt, but don’t worry, this should return to normal quickly. However, if your teething kitten has a lot of swelling, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Loose teeth: It goes without saying that teething kittens will experience loose teeth right before they start falling out. While this is a good sign for you that the teething process is taking place, it can be uncomfortable and irritating for your kitten.
- Missing tooth: Spotting missing teeth in your kitten’s mouth and finding small, sharp kitten teeth around the house is definitely a good sign that your kitten is going through teething. Also, please do not panic if you find a little blood here and there. As teeth erupt and others fall out, it is natural that there is a little bleeding. Don’t worry, it usually stops after some time on its own. However, if your kitten is bleeding too much or too frequently, you should have your kitten checked by your veterinarian right away.
- Bad breath: Don’t be surprised if you notice an unpleasant odor coming out from your cat’s mouth. This is quite normal and will only last as long as your cat is going through the teething process. However, if your cat’s breath remains unpleasant, or even offensive for a longer period, it can be an early sign of underlying serious dental or other health problem so this time it is best to seek out your veterinarian.
- Drooling: Some cats may drool excessively during this period as the teeth are pressing against the gums. However, be careful. Drooling can be a result of having something stuck in your kitten’s teeth or even an injury as well. If you notice anything out of ordinary, please visit the nearest veterinarian.
- Loss of appetite: During teething, kittens usually have sore gums and loose (or missing) teeth which can cause trouble eating. If your cat is chewing slower or it seems that she lost her appetite and reluctant to eat and drink, it could be a sign that she is teething. However, if you observe that your kitten stops eating altogether, you should see your vet as soon as possible.
- Chewing: Since cats get itchy, irritating gums and loose teeth during teething, they will often have the urge to chew on various objects unnecessarily like toys, shoes, furniture, even electrical wires, or any suitable stuff available. This is a way to ease the discomfort and soothe the unpleasant experience during this period.
- Whining: You also may notice that your kitten is meowing more frequently because the teething process can be painful, especially that part when the teeth are pushing through the gums. Be patient. As soon as this painful process ends, she should calm down. However, if your kitten is meowing too excessively she could be in a lot of pain which can be caused by unusual teething problems. Watch out, and if you have doubt, take your kitten to the vet.
- Strange behavior: Your kitten may also display strange behavior patterns during the teething period. As a result of oral discomfort, you may experience that your cat is quite restless and irritable or she can even show a bit of aggression. Some cats may also quit playing and start behaving oddly like biting, hissing, rubbing their gums on hard surfaces, or paw at their mouth. After the teeth find their way through the gums, this strange behavior should return to normal. However, be cautious. Some kittens may become lethargic, and sometimes they can also have fever or diarrhea. If you notice any of these things, please turn to your veterinarian for professional advice.
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Kitten teething tips – How can I help my teething kitten?
While the kitten teething process usually goes fairly smoothly, for some kittens it can be a quite stressful and unpleasant experience. Since it is hard to see our cats being upset in any way, here are some things that you can do to offer some relief to your kitten and help her get through the teething period.
What to do when your kitten is teething
Kitten-proof your home
Most kittens go through a chewing phase during teething to find relief and ease their discomfort. They may seek out dangerous objects to chew on if there are no proper alternatives and appropriate toys to use. Electrical wires and the owners’ belongings are usually the favorite chew items.
To protect your belongings and avoid the risk of electric shock or other serious problems, take more care of the things and provide a kitten-friendly environment.
- Pack any loose, dangerous items away (including needles, knives and toxic plants) in closed containers.
- Put plastic covers on any spots on your furniture and belongings you think your kitten may find appealing.
- Cover electrical cords and plugs with plastic covers or move them out of the way (see product below).
- Switch those wires off that you cannot remove or cover whenever you go out.
- Keep your kitten away from wires by making them unappealing: spray all wires with anti-chew repellent (see product below) which will make them taste bad.
- Discourage your kitten from going near the area that you would keep pet-free (near cords and your belongings) by using an area deterrent device (see product below).
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Provide chew toys
Kittens often have the urge to chew on things while teething due to their itchy, irritating gums and loose teeth. This is the stage when they start chewing on anything and everything that they find appealing (be it dangerous household items, wires, your belongings like furniture, clothing, or even your fingers) to soothe this unpleasant experience. Therefore, it is important that you do whatever you can to direct your kitten’s chewing towards acceptable items before she starts to chew on things you don’t want her to.
Provide your cat appropriate kitten teething toys whenever she starts to nibble. It will prevent biting, damaging your belongings, and harming yourself and your cat, as well as it will help your kitten relieve the pain and help her teeth to break through the gums.
There are various chew toys available in the market for teething kittens. When selecting, keep in mind that kittens like substances that let them sink their teeth in and stimulate their gums, like wool, or stuffed toys. Also, aim for the one that is high quality, long lasting and non-toxic. Avoid hard toys, and make sure it is not something your kitten can swallow or choke on.
If using these kitten teething toys doesn’t do the trick, try freezing them (only those whichever can be chilled) in the fridge. This will bring some comfort for the sore gums and for the growing teeth. You can try to do the same with a wet washcloth. If these don’t help, your kitten may also like to chew on a cardboard box, wool blanket or even cat grass. Give her different options and let her choose what feels the best.
Offer soft food
When kittens are teething, their gums are sore, inflamed and their teeth are loose because of which kittens usually have trouble to eat. So, be mindful.
Provide your kitten finely chopped up food or soft, wet food – that don’t require excessive chewing – to ensure that she doesn’t lose any nutrients while she is teething. Soft food will give less trouble with eating and it won’t be so hard on the sore gums. Therefore, your kitten should be able to eat it properly.
Once the teething period is over, you can shift back to giving your kitten her normal, regular diet.
Check dental health
Occasionally, there can be excessive soreness or even bleeding during teething. Other dental problems can also arise.
To avoid unnecessary, unwanted problems and ensure that your kitten’s teeth are growing in properly without any issue, open your kitten’s mouth gently and check her teeth and gums regularly, at least weekly once. If you notice anything unusual, have your veterinarian check your kitten’s mouth to see if any dental procedures are required.
Also, it is wise to schedule a veterinarian visit when your kitten is around 6 to 8 months of age. This is to make sure that your kitten’s mouth is forming correctly, the teeth are aligned properly, and there are no dental problems.
Monitor overall health
Kittens are more delicate during their teething period. They can become irritated and restless, and they can also easily become sick. Some kittens may experience lethargy, fever or even diarrhea during this sensitive stage.
To prevent any illness, make sure that your kitten is generally healthy and monitor her overall health with more cautiousness. Keep an eye out on her and soothe her whenever she feels uncomfortable. Once she is weaned, make sure she has plenty of water and enough chewable soft food available. Also, keep a close watch over her to be sure that she is eating, drinking and using her litterbox properly.
If you are worried or concerned about your kitten for any reason, contact your veterinarian in the first instance who can then give you professional advice and some favorable solutions to any problem.
What not to do when your kitten is teething
- No hard food
Since kittens’ gums are usually inflamed and their teeth are loose during teething, it is better not to feed them too hard food. This can irritate their gums and damage their teeth. Instead, provide soft, wet food.
- No teeth brushing
Although brushing teeth is vital in cat dental care and it is wise to start when your cat is a kitten, it is better to avoid it during teething as it will just cause your kitten more pain for those sore gums. You don’t want your kitten to associate teeth brushing with uncomfortable and painful experiences because this can then challenge successful dental care in the future.
- No play
As kittens are teething, their mouth can become painful and uncomfortable. Be considerate about it, and do not encourage your kitten to play roughly with the toys being in her mouth. Do not pull hard on toys and stop any play if you notice that it hurts her. Your kitten can scrape her gum whilst playing so keep rough play to a minimum. It could cause more harm than good.
- No bites
Kittens often have the urge to chew on various things unnecessarily if there are no proper alternatives to use. During playtime or even petting, your kitten might find your fingers appealing to chew on. Keep your hands away from her mouth and don’t let her bite you. If you allow biting, you might create this habit in her which she will continue into her adult life. Later on, when she has bigger, stronger teeth and she still bites you that could hurt you and even cause infections.
- No punishment
Sometimes kittens do things that owners don’t really like, such as biting or chewing on things that we don’t want them to. If this is the case for you, don’t punish your kitten for it. Negative reinforcement usually creates fear and distrust, and can even destroy the relationship between the kitten and the owner. So instead of punishing, just take that thing away or place your cat somewhere else. This will teach your kitten that doing such things will have consequences and sooner or later she will learn not to do them.
- No medicine
Last but not least, do not give your kitten medicine without discussing it with your veterinarian. Cats are quite sensitive, kittens are even more vulnerable and they cannot just take any medicine you find handy. I understand you may be worried about your kitten being in pain, but you won’t help her by giving any type of medicine. Moreover, there are some medicines which can be harmful or even deadly to the little ones. Please contact your veterinarian before you decide on this issue.
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After the teething period
After the kitten teething period ends, it is very important to know what to expect: how many teeth should kittens have and how they should look. If we are aware what is normal, we can spot the irregularities and problems easier and earlier.
How many teeth should my kitten have?
When your kitten is born, she is toothless. Therefore, you should not expect any teeth to be there in her mouth.
After reaching the end of the first teething period, somewhere about two months of age, your kitten should have a total of 26 baby or deciduous teeth (12 in her lower and 14 in her upper jaw) which will include:
- 12 incisors – 3 upper and 3 lower on each side (so 6 up, 6 down),
- 4 canines – 1 upper and 1 lower on each side (so 2 up, 2 down),
- 10 premolars – 3 upper and 2 lower on each side (so 6 up, 4 down),
- 0 molars.
Later on, these baby teeth will start falling out and new, permanent teeth will grow in. By the time your kitten is about six to seven months old, she should have the total of 30 permanent, adult teeth which is four more than the number of baby teeth.
The difference between the total numbers of baby and adult teeth comes from the fact that kittens do not develop molar teeth. Their permanent set of teeth consist of:
- 12 incisors – 3 upper and 3 lower on each side (so 6 up, 6 down),
- 4 canines – 1 upper and 1 lower on each side (so 2 up, 2 down),
- 10 premolars – 3 upper and 2 lower on each side (so 6 up, 4 down),
- 4 molars – 1 upper and 1 lower on each side (so 2 up and 2 down).
How should my kitten’s teeth look? How does a good occlusion look in cats?
Normal teeth appearance:
The primary, deciduous teeth are usually white and clean. These teeth look tiny, thin and sharp which function just fine for kittens. When kittens lose their baby teeth and these are being replaced with permanent ones, the new teeth should usually be even whiter, thicker and larger.
Each tooth should sit in one socket. If a cat has two teeth in one spot, it is considered abnormal.
The gums are usually pink or dark if pigmented.
Normal occlusion appearance:
Occlusion is the way the teeth align with each other. Normal occlusion (also known as scissors bite) in cats should be right, functional and comfortable.
Normal occlusion occurs when:
- the lower jaw is slightly smaller than the upper jaw, and they fit together neatly,
- the upper incisors slightly overlap the lower incisors,
- the canines are not too long and the lower canine is located in the center right between the third incisor and the upper canine tooth on each side,
- the lower premolar crown tips point between the spaces of the upper jaw’s premolar teeth,
- the molars fit on top of each other.
Note: If you have a flat-faced breed (like Burmese or Persian cat), please note that they can have “abnormal” bites that are recognized as being “normal” for their breed. In this case, the lower jaw comes in front of the upper jaw and alters the above tooth-to-tooth relationships.
Common problems associated with kitten teething
Although tooth eruption can be a quite uncomfortable experience for kittens, most of the time it goes as it normally should without any problems. However, sometimes teething kittens can run into different problems, such as malocclusion or retained tooth.
What is malocclusion in cats?
One possible problem that can occur during teething is malocclusion which is also known as teeth misalignment. As a matter of fact, malocclusion is any deviation from normal occlusion.
Teeth misalignment or malocclusion in cats occurs when the teeth or jaws do not fit together correctly (either the jaw or individual tooth fails to grow at their normal pace), which inhibits proper function. It typically begins when the kittens’ baby teeth start erupting and usually worsens over time as the jaw’s structure and teeth continue to grow.
The most common causes of malocclusion are congenital or hereditary defect, failure of teeth to grow, delayed loss or retaining of the baby teeth, or abnormal chewing. However, trauma or injury can also contribute to the occurrence of malocclusion.
Types of malocclusion in cats
There are a great variety of different types of malocclusion in cats, which are the following:
- Overbite (also called as overjet, overshot, Class 2, or Mandibular distoclusion): the upper jaw is excessively long, longer than the lower one and there is a gap between the upper and lower incisors when the mouth is closed.
- Underbite (also known as undershot, reverse scissor bite, prognathism, Class 3, or Mandibular mesioclusion): the lower jaw is excessively long, longer than the upper one and the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth.
- Wry bite (also called as Maxillary Mandibular Asymmetry): either the left or the right side of the jaw does not grow as equally as the other which causes the appearance that the jaws are not in the same angle.
- Level bite (also known as even bite): the incisor alignment is level which means that the lower and upper incisor teeth meet each other edge to edge instead of fitting correctly over each other.
- Open bite: when the cat’s mouth is closed, the front teeth do not meet each other.
- Anterior crossbite: canine and premolar teeth occlude normally on both sides of the mouth, but one or more lower incisors are situated in front of the upper ones.
- Posterior crossbite: one or more lower premolar teeth overlap the upper teeth.
- Base narrow canines: due to persistent baby teeth or too narrow lower teeth, the lower canines protrude inward causing harm to the upper palate.
What problems are caused by malocclusion?
When a cat has malocclusion and her bite is not right, it can result in other problems and can have a severe impact on her overall well-being.
Common problems that can arise from tooth malocclusion in cats include:
- Difficulty in chewing
- Tartar and plaque buildup
- Periodontal disease
- Mouth injuries
- Soft-tissue defects
- Sores in the gums and the roof of the mouth
- Fractures and damage to teeth
Symptoms of teeth misalignment in cats – How do I know if my cat has malocclusion?
While malocclusion should always be diagnosed by a professional, there will most likely be clear symptoms if your cat has teeth misalignment. You may notice that your kitten:
- has difficulty chewing her food,
- drools excessively,
- has a problem picking up things: her food or toys,
- canine teeth are exposed,
- cannot close her mouth fully,
- has an asymmetrical appearance to her mouth,
- has abscesses or unexplained wounds in her gums,
- whines excessively because of significant oral pain.
Treatment of teeth misalignment in cats – What to do when my cat has malocclusion?
Although a cat’s teeth misalignment can be temporary and can correct itself over time (as the baby teeth fall out) in less severe cases, it is important to diagnose it and treat it as soon as possible because it can also develop to a permanent problem and can affect various functions and overall health.
Therefore, if you notice any of the above mentioned signs that your cat might have malocclusion, it is best to take her to the veterinarian where a proper diagnosis and treatment can be given.
Diagnosis will begin with a thorough mouth and jaw examination where your veterinarian will count the number of your cat’s teeth and check if they are erupted and aligned properly, and verify that the gums are healthy. Additionally, your vet may also order x-rays to rule out any defects in your cat’s jaw structure.
After the diagnosis, your veterinarian will use the results to determine the likelihood of self-correction. If it is highly unlikely, the treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.
The most usual treatment for a cat with malocclusion is tooth extraction which is done under anesthesia. Once the problematic teeth are extracted, your cat should experience relief from the pain and the correction of the misalignment should occur over a period of weeks to several months.
In some (rare) cases, a malocclusion can be treated by braces to correct and realign the teeth before they can become a health issue. So in this case, it is not for cosmetic purpose, rather it is a life-saving solution.
What is a retained tooth in cats?
Another common problem that could occur during kitten teething is retained tooth.
A retained tooth is a deciduous (baby) tooth that remains in its place even after the permanent, adult tooth – the baby tooth’s replacement – has erupted through the gums beside it. In other words, the adult tooth erupts before the baby tooth has fallen out. So when the deciduous and permanent tooth are at the same site, the baby tooth is referred to as a retained tooth.
This problem occurs when the tooth’s root is either incompletely resorbed or it did not resorb at all.
Which teeth are more commonly retained?
The most common teeth to be retained are the upper canines. However, in some cases, the lower canine teeth, the incisors, or even the premolar teeth may also be retained.
Also, note that cats with short heads (like Persians or Himalayans) are more prone to having retained teeth due to their inherited tendency.
What problems are caused by retained teeth?
Since a retained tooth occupies the place of the permanent tooth, it blocks the adult tooth from growing properly forcing it to erupt at an abnormal angle or in an abnormal position. This can then cause crowding, malposition or malocclusion.
The crowding of the two teeth (the retained and the new, permanent tooth) can increase the chance of tartar formation, tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis, all of which can lead to premised loss of teeth.
Malpositioned teeth can also rub against other teeth, gums or roof of the mouth, which can result in weakened tooth and damage of the soft tissues.
In very rare occasions, a retained tooth can cause dental interlock which may interfere with the normal growth and development of the jaw bones.
Treatment of retained tooth in cats – How is retained tooth treated?
In most cases, the loose baby tooth will eventually come out. However, if you spot any retained or “double” tooth it is a good idea to seek veterinary attention for detailed examination as it may cause further dental problems.
The veterinarian can examine the kitten’s mouth, and determine if the retained baby tooth should truly be removed, or if it is safe to wait till it falls out on its own.
Unless the baby tooth is very mobile, tooth extraction should be scheduled as soon as possible, because if the retained tooth is not extracted in a timely manner, it is highly unlikely that the permanent tooth will be able to move to its proper position without orthodontic treatment.
While the extraction of the retained tooth is a simple process being loose already, it should be the last resort as the procedure requires anesthesia.
While it is less common than retained tooth or malocclusion, sometimes an extra permanent tooth may show up. Since it can crowd the other teeth, it can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease or even orthodontic problems.
In the extra tooth seems to be a problem, it is better to extract it sooner, rather than later.
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Warning – When to see the veterinarian
Teething usually poses little to no difficulty to kittens with few noticeable signs. However, some cats may experience discomfort and show definite, troublesome symptoms. As each kitten is different, each will cope in her own way. But what about us, owners? How should we deal with a teething kitten that seems to be having problems during this stage?
As responsible cat owners, we know that it is very important that the problems are addressed early so they don’t progress or get worse. But when should we cope with it and when should we turn to a veterinarian?
Here are some of the occasions when veterinarian visit is in order during the kitten teething period:
- Sore and inflamed gums are quite normal at this stage and they should pass quickly. However, if there is a lot of swelling, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible as it could be a sign of infection and should not be ignored.
- As new teeth erupt, it is natural that there is some bleeding. However, if you notice that the bleeding is too much or too frequent, please have your kitten checked by your veterinarian.
- While an unpleasant odor from your cat’s mouth is not unusual during teething, if it persists or becomes too offensive, take your cat to the veterinarian as it can be an early sign of an underlying serious problem.
- Your kitten may chew slower or eat less during teething which is absolutely typical due to her loose teeth. However, if she stops eating altogether, you should see your veterinarian right away.
- If your cat drools excessively, check her mouth thoroughly as it can be a result of an injury. If you spot anything out of ordinary, please visit the nearest veterinarian.
- As the teething process can be painful, kittens usually whine more during this period. However, if the crying is too excessive, it can be a sign of a lot of pain which can be caused by unusual teething problems. To ease such a terrible time for your cat, take her to the veterinarian who would give some favorable solutions to the problem.
- Kittens often suffer from different health issues other than teething problems. Some may become lethargic, while others might have fever or diarrhea. If you notice any of these things or your kitten is in distress, please turn to your veterinarian for professional advice.
- Even though a malocclusion can be temporary and can correct itself over time, it should be checked and treated by a professional veterinarian as it can also develop to a permanent problem and can affect the cat’s overall health.
- Occasionally, a baby tooth may refuse to come out and occupy the place of the permanent tooth. In most cases, it will eventually fall out. However, if it remains, it is best to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for detailed examination as it may cause further dental problems.
- If any problem lasts long and seems to go on for even longer period, please take your cat to the vet so she can be thoroughly checked over.
- If you worried or suspect that something is wrong or you just need some reassurance for any reason, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian in the first instance who can then give you professional advice to any problem.
- When your kitten reaches 6 to 8 months of age, it is ideal to have her checked by a veterinarian to ensure that the teeth are growing in properly, the mouth is forming correctly and her overall health is in tip top shape.
Final thoughts on kitten teething
Teething is a natural part of kittens’ life. From the first tooth eruption at the age of two to three weeks, kittens go through this quite stressful struggle to have, at the end, a total of 30 permanent, adult cat teeth.
While this process is taking place, they will experience discomfort and unpleasant things, like loose teeth, sore gums or even pain. But we, cat parents, are here to help.
Since it is hard to see our kittens being upset in any way, we help them get through this period by providing them kitten-proof environment, offering them soft food and giving them chew toys.
We also make sure that their teeth are growing in properly, their mouth is forming correctly and their overall health is in good condition by monitoring their well-being and taking them to the veterinarian when needed.
This is the only way to get through these challenging days of teething.