When Do Cats Stop Teething?
Just like humans, cats also go through a teething phase. Kittens are born toothless, but around three weeks of age, their baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, start to emerge. These small, sharp teeth help them chew solid food as they transition from nursing to eating solid food. But when do cats stop teething?
Most kittens will have all their baby teeth by the time they reach six to eight weeks of age. These sharp little teeth will eventually fall out as the permanent teeth start to come in. The teething process typically lasts from three to six months, with the permanent teeth fully grown in by around six to nine months of age.
During the teething phase, kittens may experience discomfort and exhibit certain behaviors such as increased chewing, drooling, and irritability. They may also seek relief by chewing on various objects, including furniture, cords, or even your fingers. It is important to provide them with appropriate chewing toys to redirect their chewing behavior and protect your belongings.
Here are some frequently asked questions about when cats stop teething:
1. How can I tell if my cat is teething?
You may notice your kitten’s gums appearing red and swollen, and they may be more prone to chewing on objects. They may also have bad breath.
2. When do kittens start losing their baby teeth?
Most kittens start losing their baby teeth around three to four months of age.
3. What are the signs that my cat is losing baby teeth?
You may find small, sharp teeth on the floor or in your cat’s food dish. You may also notice some bleeding or a small amount of blood on their toys or chew objects.
4. Is it normal for my cat to lose teeth?
Yes, it is a natural part of their development. However, if you notice excessive bleeding, pain, or discomfort, it is best to consult with a veterinarian.
5. Can I help soothe my cat’s teething discomfort?
Providing appropriate chew toys, freezing wet washcloths for them to chew on, or offering soft, wet food can help alleviate their discomfort.
6. When should I start brushing my cat’s teeth?
It is recommended to start brushing your cat’s teeth as soon as possible, even during the teething process, to establish good oral hygiene habits.
7. Should I be concerned if my cat’s permanent teeth don’t come in?
If your cat has not grown their permanent teeth by nine months of age, it is best to consult with a veterinarian to rule out any dental issues or abnormalities.
In conclusion, cats stop teething when their permanent teeth fully grow in, around six to nine months of age. It is important to provide appropriate chew toys and establish good oral hygiene habits to ensure your cat’s dental health. If you have any concerns or notice any abnormalities, consult with a veterinarian for guidance and professional advice.