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Kitten Teething: What You Need to Know

Just like people, our feline friends have baby teeth that fall out before their permanent teeth emerge. Here, our Murfreesboro vets explain kitten teething and how you can help relieve any discomfort they may be feeling. 

When do kittens start teething?

Kittens typically develop their first set of teeth at around 3 to 4 weeks of age. At this time, they will start transitioning from their mother's milk to wet food or dampened dry kibble for a softer texture. 

Infant teeth typically emerge without any fuss, but you may observe the kittens showing increased interest in nibbling on their toys or even their siblings.

When do kittens lose their baby teeth?

When do kitten teeth fall out? At roughly 12 weeks or 3 months. By the age of 6 months, your cat should have a full set of 30 adult teeth, although some cats take up to 9 months for all their adult teeth to come in. 

Your cat's adult teeth will be with them for the rest of their life, so take good care of them! The gold standard for feline dental care includes daily brushing with cat-safe toothpaste, as well as annual professional dental cleanings and examinations. There are also dental treats for cats that can help prevent plaque buildup. Talk to your veterinarian to see what they recommend. 

Your kitten's baby teeth are also a useful indicator of your cat's age; your vet should be able to tell you how old a kitten is by using their teeth as a guide. There are also many kitten teething charts online that you can reference.

What are the most common signs of kitten teething?

Some signs that indicate your kitten may be teething include:

  • Vocalizing more, from small to loud meows
  • Increased chewing, especially on soft items
  • Drooling
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chewing food more slowly
  • Eating less
  • Crankiness
  • Hesitant to bite at or shake toys
  • Pawing at mouth

These symptoms are generally not worrisome. Make sure to keep an eye on your kitten, though. If you observe your cat experiencing excessive bleeding, a complete loss of appetite, or any unusual odor emanating from their mouth, it is possible that they are suffering from an infection. It is advisable to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have the issue accurately diagnosed and treated. 

How to Help a Teething Kitten

Thankfully, there are several options available to you to help your teething kitten. You can try to:

  • Offer soft food; either a canned diet or kibble soaked in warm water
  • Make sure they get plenty of interactive playtime with you to keep them busy and tire them out
  • Make ice cubes of low-sodium chicken broth or diluted tuna juice for them to play with and chew on. The ice will soothe irritated gums. This is an especially popular item during hot weather!
  • Provide soft toys to chew on
  • Provide pet-safe cat grass for snacking

Discomfort is usually mild and should resolve itself. For extreme cases of pain, make sure you contact your veterinarian.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Are you concerned about your kitten's teething or noticing signs of infection? Contact our Murfreesboro vets today to book an appointment. 

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