Do cats teeth?

Cats do not have teeth when they are born just like humans. During its lifetime, a cat has two sets of teeth, the milk teeth and permanent teeth. Cats have very versatile teeth. Teeth are vital tools in hunting in the wild. Their teeth are purposely designed to kill prey and tear flesh apart.

Just like humans, cats undergo a phase when they lose their milk teeth and grow permanent teeth. Deciduous or milk teeth appears when the cat is about 4 weeks old. At 6 weeks of age, the cats should have developed all the 25 teeth. From 11 to 13 weeks of age, they start on losing their milk teeth. Special cells known as odontoblast reabsorb the deciduous teeth, beginning from the root working its way up to the crown. Once enough of the root is reabsorbed the tooth will become loose and fall out. It is normal for them to swallow some of their milk teeth when they fall out. As soon as the milk teeth fall out they are replaced by 30 permanent teeth. There are instances when a deciduous tooth is retained after the permanent teeth appeared. This can cause the permanent teeth to erupt in an abnormal location which then leads to bad bite. This retained deciduous tooth should be removed as soon as possible to prevent further dental problems. Removal of the retained teeth allows the permanent teeth to grow as it should be.

Kittens go through a teething process as the new set of teeth emerges. When the cat is teething, you may notice that they have increased chewing activity. Chewing is their way of relieving teething pains. Chewing is a normal response to teething and should be redirected instead of punishing the pet. Give your cat a teething ring or a cool and damp to play with. They also have sore and swollen gums when they are teething. Soreness causes the cat to stop eating as chewing becomes painful. Feed your cat non-abrasive foods when they are in this stage. Soft foods would be more tolerated by the pet. Behavioral problems also occur. Nevertheless, these altered behavioral patterns should go back to normal when the teeth have broken through the gums. The cat’s gums should patch up quickly after the milk teeth were lost. Permanent teeth are more solid and much whiter than the milk teeth. Though teething is painful, this is a significant phase of growing up. This phase signals the cat’s readiness for adult cat food.

Taking the time and effort to clean your cats’ teeth is a duty of a responsible owner. You can also make use of the teething period as a time for oral hygiene. If you can manage to get your cat adapted to brushing during this time, there should be no problem in turning this grooming routine into a regular habit. Brushing the gums helps to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with teething. While brushing, inspect your cats’ teeth for any abnormalities. Cats’ teeth can become covered with plaque and tartar. Fortunately, cats do not have cavities because of their low sugar diet. If you cat has cavity, it needs tooth removal. Keep in mind that tooth paste and other dental products designed for people are not suitable for cats. Although it may require more patience at first, executing an oral health regimen is one of the best things you can do for your cat.

It is essential to give your cat appropriate anticipatory dental care. Like humans, cats need to have their teeth examined by a vet. Your vet may have recommendations for diet changes and tooth brushing techniques. If dental care for your cat is not observed dental disease came in.