Are you curious about the kitten teething process? Let’s jump in and answer all our questions about kitten teeth!
Do Kittens’ Teeth Fall Out?
Yes! Baby kittens are born with no teeth. They nurse from their mothers (or are bottle-fed formula if needed). Between 3 and 4 weeks of age, kittens have their first set of teeth start to erupt. These 26 teeth are sometimes called milk teeth or deciduous teeth. This just means that these “baby teeth” will fall out later as the kitten’s permanent teeth emerge. Kittens normally start eating solid wet food around 4-5 weeks of age, but will ideally nurse from their mother for 8 weeks or longer for optimum nutrition. The teeth come in starting from the front, with the incisors, and working to the back through the canines (sharps pointy teeth) to the premolars.
Between 5 and 8 weeks old, kittens will have a full set of 26 baby teeth. But not for long! These milk teeth soon loosen and begin to fall out to make way for the kitten’s permanent teeth. You don’t often see a kitten’s tooth after it falls out, because they normally just get swallowed by the kitten rather than spit out.
Around 12 weeks , you many start to see some of those baby teeth loosen. Between 3 and 4 months of age, a kitten’s incisors begin to be replaced with permanent adult teeth. Following the incisors, a kitten’s adult canines come in, then premolars, and then molars. A kitten will have replaced all 26 baby teeth with 30 permanent teeth by 6 or 7 months of age. The extra 4 teeth in the permanent set are the molars. The set of kitten baby teeth are missing two molars on top and two molars on bottom.
Kitten Baby Teeth Diagram
Kitten Teething Process
Teething is fortunately a quick process for kittens, and usually uneventful. Kittens who are teething may experience sore gums as the teeth emerge. This may lead to a few unusual behaviors. Some kittens may drool as new teeth erupt, and some may meow in complaint of the pain of teething. If the kitten is uncomfortable enough, she may avoid eating dry food for a few days. If you notice this symptom of teething, provide additional soft wet food so the kitten can eat comfortably. You may want to provide toys the kitten can chew comfortably so they can apply counter pressure to their sore gums. Kittens may be more creative in looking for items to chew on during this time, so be sure not to let them gnaw on your fingers because this sets up a potentially life-long habit of biting.
Teething Toys for Kittens
There are a number of toys available that may provide some relief for your kitten’s teething woes. Just be sure to monitor your kitten’s use of these toys, and their condition, carefully, so you know your kitten is using them safely.
Moisten a washcloth with water, and put it in the freezer. Once it’s frozen, give it to your kitten for a chew toy. Just be sure to monitor your floor for wet spots, and your kitten to make sure they don’t rip off a choking-hazard sized chunk.
Chances are, you have some cardboard boxes occasionally pass through your home. And you’ve likely noticed how much your cats and kittens LOVE these simple items. Teething kittens will invariably soothe their sore gums by chewing on the corners of these boxes. Be sure the boxes are clean, not sharp, and monitor to make sure they don’t pose a choking hazard to your furry little one.
The shape of these chew sticks is great for kittens to gnaw and chew on, relieving sore gums. Just be sure to check each stick and file down any sharp edges before giving them to your kitten.
These toy mice are small and perfectly sized for teething kittens toy enjoy. The netting is great for getting between teeth and massaging gums.
These nylon chewers are fun enough to hold your kitten’s attention, and great for gnawing and biting. The netting is designed to not come apart, so it shouldn’t present a choking threat to your kitten.