How Many Teeth Do Kittens Have?

by Susan Paretts, Demand Media Google
    While teething, your little one might experience some discomfort.

    While teething, your little one might experience some discomfort.

    The number of teeth your furry buddy has in his mouth depends on his age. Young kitties are born without teeth and subsequently cut their baby teeth and later their adult teeth, all while they are kittens. By 6 months of age, your furbaby will have 30 permanent pearly whites.

    Time for Teeth

    During your little kitty's lifetime, he'll cut two sets of teeth, his baby or milk teeth and his permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth start coming in at around 2 to 3 weeks of age, according to the Napa Humane website. By 5 weeks old, your little one should have a shiny set of baby teeth consisting of 26 pearly whites. These teeth remain until your little one reaches around 14 weeks of age, at which point they'll begin to fall out as your kitty cuts his permanent teeth. This process will last a few months until your kitten reaches around 6 months old, according to the Guide to Rescue Cats.

    How Many Teeth?

    A complete set of your kitty's 26 baby teeth consists of twelve incisors, four canines and 10 premolars, according to the Feline Advisory Bureau. His adult set of teeth will comprise the same types of teeth plus four molars that come in as well. Your little guy's molars have three roots each and his premolars each have two roots, while the rest have one, according to the VCA Animal Hospitals. Once in, your kitten's so-called adult teeth will last your furry buddy for his lifetime.

    Too Many Teeth

    If you peek into your little kitty's mouth and find that he seems to have an excess number of teeth, he may not have properly shed his baby teeth before cutting his permanent ones. When your furry friend retains his baby teeth, his adult ones won't have a chance to come in correctly, leading to problems with his bite and trouble chewing. To take care of this issue or prevent such problems, bring your kitty regularly into the vet during and after the teething process for his adult teeth, around 4 to 5 months of age. At this point, your vet can extract milk teeth to make room for the new ones, preventing any bite issues from occurring.

    Considerations

    During each teething process your kitten will probably be experiencing some pain and discomfort as his new teeth cut through his gums. You can give your little guy some specially designed teething toys, sold in pet supply stores, to provide him with a way to gnaw on something to help relieve the pain. Keep an eye on your little one's chompers during each period of teething in case any infections or other issues come up. Regular dental exams and cleanings with your veterinarian, as well as regular brushing, helps to keep your little one's 30 new teeth healthy, shiny and free of plaque and tartar.

    About the Author

    Based in Las Vegas, Susan Paretts has been writing since 1998. She writes about many subjects including pets, crafts, television, shopping and going green. Her articles, short stories and reviews have appeared in "The Southern California Anthology" and on Epinions. Paretts holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.

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