When do kittens' teeth change? Little whiskers sometimes get to their new owners very early. And you need to know a lot about their development, body characteristics and care in order to raise a beautiful and healthy animal. Including, of course, you need to be aware of such a question as the change of milk teeth in kittens - at what age does this occur and with what symptoms. We will talk about this today.
Cat's teeth are a formidable weapon of a wild progenitor cat and a “tool” for high-quality nutrition of a modern domestic cat. The owners should watch their condition cared for their pet (or pet, if it is a cat) from the moment the pussy appears in the house. And not just to watch, but to take care, as the dentists say, “of the oral cavity”!
Features of tooth growth in kittens
An adult healthy cat has three dozen permanent teeth in its mouth (in kittens there are 4 fewer - only 26) - 12 incisors on the upper and lower jaws, 4 canines, 3 molars on top and 4 on the bottom. And all of them should be white or cream, strong, without signs of inflammation and destruction. And the gums are pink. Much here depends on the quality of the animal’s nutrition, but it is also important on when and how the kitten’s teeth changed and what care the owners provided for that period.
When do cats and cats change teeth?
The owners who recently took a small cat or kitty into the house constantly ask veterinarians and in specialized forums on the network: when do kittens change their teeth? Meanwhile, the owners are the first to know that the pet has begun a change of incisors, fangs, premolars and molars. And for this you don’t even have to look into the animal’s mouth.
A kitten with little teeth changing dramatically changes its own behavior. He becomes restless, often meows loudly, reporting discomfort to the owners. And the little cat starts to gnaw everything. Slippers - so slippers, wires - so wires, hands of the owner - means hands, and even legs! Anything your heart desires can fall into a itchy cat’s mouth. Rags, toys, books (especially those that are thicker, with "mouth-watering" voluminous roots), pencils and computer mice ... There is an eye and an eye!
In general, during the period when kittens' teeth change, owners need to pay close attention and control the behavior of the pet. As well as competent thoughtful care. Starting with nutrition and ending with thorough hygiene of the feline mouth. It is necessary that the permanent teeth of the cat / cat grow strong and properly, and the gums and mucous membranes are left without inflammatory processes.
Kittens are born completely toothless, teeth begin to "climb" only starting at two weeks of age. During this period, kittens - just like little kids - are very restless and try to scratch their gums for anything - from their own paws and fluffy tails of siblings to the siblings and ending with the edges of a basket or bed.
At the age of 3-for-4 or even 5 months (a lot here depends on the breed and on the individual development of a particular individual), the teeth begin to change in cats. This happens gradually, we can say in stages - first the incisors change, followed by the fangs, and then the turn reaches the premolars with molars. And by the age of seven months, "dental exchange" in almost all domestic representatives of the feline family ends.
Of course, one who gets a cat is obliged to know everything about the change of teeth in kittens - when and how this happens, in order to provide special nutrition for his whiskers during this period. And in general, during this difficult period, the animal requires special care and maximum owner's attention.
Do kittens have milk teeth?
Yes, kittens have everything, like little kids. And tiny sharp teeth change in the same way - milk drops out, permanent ones grow. Therefore, the question that is relevant for many owners is whether kittens have milk teeth, one can confidently answer in the affirmative. Moreover, if for some reason not all inconsistent teeth fell out of the cat, for some reason they will have to be removed from the veterinarian.
Why delete? Yes, because tooth excess in the oral cavity of an animal can lead to injury to the soft gums, the formation of wounds and sores on the mucous membrane. In addition, more serious problems may arise with the bite and even with the bone tissue of the cat's jaw. And such a “trifle” as paradontosis is definitely provided for a pet.
Diseases of the oral cavity in cats
Many owners for some reason are sure that kittens and adult cats a priori can not have problems with their teeth. After all, animals do not smoke, do not drink coffee and do not eat sweets, so where do the inflammatory and destructive processes in their oral cavity come from? But it turns out - everything can be!
One of the most serious problems in the cat’s mouth is tartar. But he still “likes to postpone” exactly where the gum does not fit snugly on the tooth, where there are healed wounds, sores. Therefore, if kittens do not even have milk teeth in a timely manner, they must be removed. The operation is simple, performed in the veterinary office and literally in a matter of minutes. And then it’s easier for the kittens, and the owners are calmer. Including for the future of the pet.
Kitten care during tooth changes
Kittens with little teeth need special care, because sometimes this process does not go according to plan.
Care for kittens during a tooth change should be competent. And above all, you should take care of the nutrition of babies in this difficult period of life. Pet food during tooth changes must contain elements such as calcium and phosphorus. Since the lack of these substances in the cat's body can lead to softening of the tissue of the growing permanent teeth and the subsequent destruction of the dentition. In addition, the teeth of a cat can grow unevenly, which in the future can affect the quality of chewing food and lead to a complication of the digestive process.
If the kitten’s daily food is scarce on the vitamins and minerals it needs, owners need to take care of purchasing special vitamin-mineral supplements.
Do not be surprised if the baby suddenly refused food during this period. He experiences discomfort in his mouth, it is difficult for him to chew. However, when the refusal of food lasts more than one day, it is necessary to consult a veterinarian to rule out much more serious health problems than tooth changes.
The fact is that cats, no matter how domestic they have been for several centuries, remain predators with special digestion. And prolonged (more than 2 days) fasting most negatively affects their digestive tract. You need to know that a healthy kitten, not burdened by anything more than a change of teeth, will never refuse a bowl with food more than once. Will eat even overcoming some soreness in the mouth. Only far more serious diseases are capable of forcing him.
Raising a kitten is the key to his future health
Caring for kittens during a tooth change also requires maximum attention from the owners and the mandatory correction of the behavior of the kitten. You can not give the baby to bite everything. Pieces of wires, shreds of fabric, rubber and plastic from toys - this is a very poor filling for a cat’s stomach, leading to obstruction of the latter or intestines and, as a result, to a complex and expensive veterinary operation, solving the issue of the life and death of a pet.
It is also impossible to give a kitten a nibble on the owner’s arms and legs during the game or just like that. This, of course, will not lead to tragic consequences, but it can form a bad habit for a cat / cat, it will be extremely difficult to wean a pet from it. And in the future, an already adult animal with fully formed, strong and sharp teeth will continue to deliberately “playfully” stick its incisors and fangs into human limbs. You may get used to it, but guests, for example, are unlikely to like it.
Kitten oral hygiene
In addition, hygiene of the mouth is an important component of kitten care during the change of his teeth. A kitten should be taught to her from early childhood, so as not to suffer with an adult animal later. It is better to start with the game - let the kitten get used to a special toothbrush for animals, stop being afraid of it. Yes, he himself will be happy to grab the bristly head, especially if his gums itch, getting rid of milk and releasing permanent teeth to the surface.
The main thing is to do this regularly, then the animal will get used to the hygiene procedure and will allow it to be carried out. And this will allow in the future to avoid such complex problems as tartar (and the associated gum disease) and periodontitis (tissue inflammation and the associated destruction of the alveolar jaw process).
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