There are undoubtedly quite many bosses who think that cats’ teeth are not likely to replace or lose because cats’ teeth are healthy and stable. So, they will consider those teeth as permanent teeth.
One day, I suddenly saw that my cat lost a tooth. If you were me, will you be afraid and worried whether your cat is okay or not?
To know what to do when my cat lost a tooth, I researched this problem carefully, and I will share now in this article:
Is tooth loss at cats strange?
Some days ago, I found that my lovely cat has signals of drooling and anorexia. When checking, I discovered that a canine stuck out abnormally. I was intended to pluck that canine, but I was afraid that my cat would be painful. I was anxious. Nevertheless, after researching, I found that this is an entirely normal phenomenon.
Like humans, cats’ teeth develop through two stages: Deciduous teeth and permanent teeth. During the phase of deciduous teeth, every normal cat has 26 teeth. In the phase of permanent teeth, the amount of teeth is often 30.
How does the phase of tooth loss at cats occur? What should do when cats lose their teeth?
In general, kittens at 3 – 4 weeks old will have milk canines (each jaw has two canines) and small foretooth in the upper jaw. Milk canines will grow fully when they are five weeks old. You can guess the approximate ages of them only by observing their jaws. Generally, the problem of changing and developing teeth at cats is very orderly and as a rule.
For Baby Cats
The first five months after birth, kittens will change their canines. This phase will make their mouths quite uncomfortable. We can see their red gums. This is the signal that their new teeth will grow soon. Two weeks later, we can see that four canines grow at their lower or upper jaws. In the same position, two teeth will grow. The first one is the baby tooth, then it sheds, and the new one grows. This new one is thicker. Depending on the new tooth’s development, the baby tooth becomes loose gradually, totter, and fall out. After that, the cat will pull it out. You can see the tooth your cat has just replaced if you try to observe. You can pick it up and keep it as a keepsake, too.
For growing cats
To the period of 4 – 5 months old, the stage of tooth replacement will come to climax. Therefore, cats will lose appetite, catch anorexia, and quit meals. At this time, you should choose to buy food which is easy to swallow and chew to help them drink and eat comfortably. This will avoid the case of misaligned teeth and ensure the growth of new teeth. Additionally, you have to observe your cats’ teeth problem and pay attention to their teeth status as well.
Remember that kittens will gnaw every eye-catching or stiff item (footwear, fitment, housewares, etc.) at the time they are changing their teeth! So, you should hide every valuable thing from them, keep footwear and clothing in the wardrobe as well as take them far away from wires. You should also buy unique toys for them at the pet shop at this stage.
During the period of changing from milk teeth to permanent teeth, you should provide for your cats a complete diet with a high level of phosphorus and calcium. This will make their teeth stable and robust. It will allow their body to have saturation with everything necessary for healthy growth and fast development, too. Don’t worry if they are still happy and healthy!
Since cats’ body is weak during the stage of changing teeth, don’t get them vaccinated! They will feel quite challenging to tolerate vaccination.
You must check their oral cavity regularly in the process of teeth replacement: Their mouths must have no debris; their gums must not change, always be ruddy, and have no wounds. Please contact the veterinarian immediately if you find any abnormal signals!
To cats are at the age of more than one, the foretooth at the lower jaw will be abraded and hurt. After seven years, canines will take place the aging condition gradually. In the 7th year, the foretooth at the lower jaw will be abraded during the period cats gnaw toys, drink, and eat. To cats more than ten years old, the foretooth at the upper jaw will lose totally. They won’t have teeth like older adults. At that time, avoid hurting their weak teeth and feed them with soft food as not all food is appropriate to them. Moreover, you should observe changes in your cats’ teeth to prepare different kinds of food. Types of food must be beneficial to cats’ health as well as suitable for their teeth status. You should also pay attention to them regularly.
In the process of changing teeth, a kitten’s diet must be complete and contain enough amount of calcium and phosphorus. You can buy vitamin complex or minerals as supplements for kittens at the veterinary pharmacy if they eat natural food.
Cats need to have sharp and clean teeth with healthy gums even when they only gnaw toy mice or eat food crushed into tiny pieces for a while. So, you should research steps of taking care of cats’ teeth. Their teeth must be clean, and none of them is broken and decayed as well.
You should consider the signals of loose teeth carefully. You should also take your cats to the veterinarian for inspection if you see any signs of gingivitis at them.
Taking care of cats’ teeth is not easy. However, you can protect and maintain your cats’ teeth health only by spending time and paying attention to them more. Wish your cats will always be healthy!