Cat Teething Symptoms

Yowling is kitten-speak for "This hurts!"

Yowling is kitten-speak for "This hurts!"

You went to use your computer to do a little browsing and find your mouse isn't working. You discover that the cord has been chewed in half. Chewing is just one symptom that your tiny feline is going through during the painful process of teething.

Teething

Kittens actually get two different sets of teeth. Between 2 and 6 weeks old, his first set of baby teeth will grow in. Since you probably didn't bring your fur baby home until he was at least 10 weeks, you didn't have to mess with his first round of teething. Around 4 months old, he'll start to loose his baby teeth and adult teeth will start to come in. By the time he's 9 months, he'll have a full adult set of pearly whites.

Chewing

The most problematic symptom of teething is when Max starts chewing up all your things. Electrical wires, furniture or pretty much anything he can get into his mouth will be potential chew toys. Kitten-proof your home by tying up and securing electrical cords. Put plastic on any spots on your furniture you think Max may find appealing. Give him a frozen towel that he can chew that will help alleviate the pain of growing in his new chompers. You can also find special teething rings at the pet store made of soft rubber or plastic that Max can happily gnaw away on.

Meowing

Babies cry when their teeth start coming in because the process of having teeth push through gums is a painful one. Max may get a little whiny until the teething process is done. Yowling is a loud, drawn-out meow that means “ouch.” If your little guy starts hollering and getting noisy, it's just because he's hurting. Once his new teeth are all grown in, he should quiet down.

Eating Less

Since his little mouth will be sore, eating his regular kibble can be painful. He may only eat a few bites or avoid his food altogether when his mouth is sore. The best way to make sure Kitty is still getting enough to eat is to offer him some wet food. Soft food won't be so hard on his sore gums, and he should be able to eat normally. Once he's got all his adult teeth in, you can switch him back to crunchy kibble and use wet food as a treat. While dealing with a teething kitten is trying, it only lasts a few months before he's back to his old self.

 

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