Just like humans, the first teeth of the cat will not be permanent, they are called milk teeth. Indeed, these will be replaced during the growth of the kitten by teeth more adapted to its needs, these are the permanent teeth.
But how is the loss of baby teeth in cats? Should we be worried? Should we intervene? All the answers to these questions can be found in this article.
The appearance of milk teeth in kittens
Before talking about the fall of baby teeth in kittens, let’s first talk about their appearance. Like humans, kittens are born toothless. Until he is about two months old, he eats only the milk provided by his mother, and this by sucking. He therefore does not need teeth at this age.
However, the first baby teeth will grow from the second or third week. Even if they are not yet useful for him to eat, they will be used to learn to hunt by playing with his brothers and sisters, among other things by biting them.
In addition, until about three months, the jaw of the kitten is not yet developed enough to accommodate permanent teeth, which are larger than milk teeth.
The loss of baby teeth in kittens
From its third month, the jaw of the kitten is wide enough to accommodate its permanent teeth. They will then start to grow, thus loosening the milk teeth as they arrive (apart from the molars which are permanent from the start), a process which will last until the kitten’s six months or so.
First of all, the incisors will take their place during the third and fourth month. They will then be followed by the canines which will gradually come out of the gums between the fourth and the fifth month, and finally, the premolars will be put in place between the fourth and the sixth month. At this point, the kitten will have its 30 definitive teeth that will serve it all its life.
Between the kitten’s three and six months, it will therefore not be rare to find a baby tooth on the ground. It is not essential to keep it, you can throw it away, or if you wish, keep it as a souvenir.
The behavior of the kitten during the loss of its baby teeth
Just like for human babies, the loss of milk teeth, and especially the growth of its permanent teeth, is a real test for the kitten, since it can cause him more or less severe pain (but nothing insurmountable, reassure you).
Its behavior may therefore be slightly disturbed during this period, and we can then observe it doing unusual things. He may be seen to drool or bleed slightly from the mouth, and he will be much more irritable from the pain.
In addition, he may have trouble eating and, like teething babies, have a compulsive need to chew. Do not hesitate to provide him with all kinds of toys that he can put in his mouth to relieve himself.
Finally, it happens in some cats that they try to pull out a tooth with the paw, but this usually does not succeed. In any case: don’t worry, it’s not dangerous for him.
How to act when your cat loses its baby teeth
First of all, there’s no point in panicking. This is a completely natural stage in a cat’s life. It will only be necessary to pay more attention to his jaw than usual, for example avoiding pulling on a toy that he has in his mouth.
If you can, feed him mash, which he can chew much more easily than kibble. If you can’t replace the kibbles, then wet them to make them softer.
Also respect his moods. Try to calm him down when you can by hugging and stroking him, but avoid forcing him when he’s in a foul mood.
Finally, avoid cleaning your kitten’s fangs during this period, so that it does not associate brushing with pain. He would be much less likely to accept it in his future life, if it ever had to be done.