You love cats very much, and finally this long-awaited event happened to you: a kitten appeared in the house. He brought with him a lot of questions: how to properly care for him, how to feed the baby so that he grows up strong and healthy. Many, especially inexperienced cat owners, want to know: at what age and how do kittens change their teeth.
Change of milk teeth in kittens
A kitten, like a person, is born toothless. But already after two weeks of age, the kittens begin to erupt milk teeth, and by the twelfth week the baby already has a complete set of teeth.
But at about the age of 3-4 months, the kitten develops excessive salivation, his gums look a little swollen and reddened. Sometimes the baby may refuse to eat. During this period, the kitten gnaws on everything that falls into its field of vision. These are all symptoms of teething in kittens.
A normally developing kitten has 26 milk teeth, which are replaced by permanent ones gradually, over three to five months. The first to fall out, and then the incisors grow, then the canines, and the last to change are the molars and premolars. And all the teeth of a cat should change to permanent ones by about the age of seven months. You should know that cats should have thirty permanent teeth.
During the period of changing teeth, the kitten’s nutrition should be healthy and complete. In order for the kitten’s teeth to grow healthy, the baby’s diet must contain the necessary vitamins, as well as phosphorus, calcium and other trace elements.
If one day you find that a kitten has lost a tooth, then do not worry. The process of changing teeth in kittens takes a long time, but most often painlessly. But if non-healing wounds appear in the cat’s mouth, then you should seek veterinary help.
Sometimes specialists deliberately loosen the milk teeth of a kitten so that they fall out as soon as possible. If a kitten’s milk teeth have not fallen out by six months of age, then veterinarians recommend removing them, as new teeth will not grow properly. And this can lead to damage to the mucous membrane in the kitten’s mouth, a change in his bite, and even to periodontal disease. Therefore, the owners need to carefully monitor how the kitten’s teeth erupt and, if necessary, be sure to show the baby to a veterinary specialist.
If you want your cat’s teeth to grow healthy, train your kitten from an early age to clean them with a brush and tooth powder.