Are you wondering if cats as well as humans have milk teeth? Yes, yes! Cats also have milk teeth, which they exchange around 3-4 weeks of age. And should cat’s teeth be looked after like human’s? Advise!
It was after teeth can get to know the age of our kitty!
Like humans, cats also have milk teeth and permanent teeth. Cats are born completely toothless, and their first teeth appear at about 2-3 weeks of age. An eight-week-old cat should already have a whole set of milk teeth, i.e. 26 pieces. Around 3-4 months of kittens, milk teeth are replaced permanently. Such exchange may take up to approx. 6 months.
Just like humans, cats have four types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars, but only slightly fewer. The full suit of cat teeth is 12 incisors, 4 canines, 10 premolars and 4 molars. The appearance of molars in cats is different from ours. The teeth of predators are intended for grasping and tearing meat, which is why nature has armed the cat with a relatively short jaw, but with well-developed muscles.
Hygiene of cat teeth – how to do it?
As with humans, the condition of cat teeth depends on both diet and genetics. One cat at fourteen will have a full teeth set, another at two will have half. Regardless of the animal’s predisposition, carers should ensure the oral hygiene of cats. Caries or tartar may also appear in our pets.
Almost half of the domestic cats suffered from periodontal disease, which requires immediate treatment!
Before starting a home care for your purr teeth, be sure to visit a veterinarian who will examine your cat for dental diseases. Home treatment of cat teeth should not be carried out in the case of dental disorders, e.g. in the case of a broken tooth or periodontal disease. In this case, we can only hurt the animal, and the attempt to brush will not associate the cat with anything pleasant. It’s best to start cat’s teeth hygiene when she is still a kitty.
Remember to regularly check the condition of your cat’s teeth and in case of alarming signals – redness or bad smell from the mouth – see a veterinarian.
If you start teaching a cat at a young age, you can even convince him to brush his teeth. An older cat will be harder to convince, and for some cats it will be completely impossible. In addition to brushing with special brushes and preparations, it is worth rubbing the cat’s gums with a cotton swab moistened with a colloidal silver solution or special preparations designed for this purpose. There are also a lot of delicacies on the market, the shape of which helps to clean teeth and remove tartar. Many four-legged caretakers also recommend giving animals raw meat that will mechanically clean the teeth from stone.
I chose the face freshener Over Zoo Animal Dent. I know that there is a picture of a dog on the packaging, but the preparation is intended for the oral care of all carnivores.
How is my impression? I tried the preparation on two cats – with different results. The older kitty didn’t let her mouth open at all, and after prolonged attempts she got angry and ran away under the bed. It was much simpler with the younger cat – he gave himself a mouth open and broke his teeth with the preparation. Of course, I was not able to carry out this surgery myself.
And you, how do you care about the hygiene of the mouths of your purrs? I will be grateful for every tip!