Problems changing teeth: This is how you can help your cat

Just like humans, cats lose their milk teeth. This process of changing teeth can cause problems for some cats and can even be painful or at least uncomfortable. Find out how you can help your pet during this time here. This cat obviously had no problems changing teeth - Renata Apanaviciene - Shutterstock

Born toothless, 26 milk teeth form after two to three weeks. At around the age of three or four months, teeth change in cats, followed by 30 permanent teeth. As with humans, the milk tooth crowns are pushed out of the jaw by the new solid teeth. As soon as you observe the following symptoms on your kitten, you can assume that it will start: Increased saliva, your pet likes to chew on hard objects, food is consumed more slowly or is left to stand. With some fur noses there is also a strong bad breath.

Make the time of the tooth change pleasant

It is best to give your house tiger feeding on wet food during this time, which is the least problem for him because it is easy to chew and digest. In addition, you can also offer some dry food where the cat can help itself as needed. Even a hard stick or hard cat toy can give your velvet paw relief as it can chew on it while changing teeth.

When to the vet?

Some cats have very severe problems changing teeth: they can barely eat, and may even develop diarrhea, fever or gingivitis. In this case, you should not hesitate to see a veterinarian. He can then determine whether there are more serious problems behind it than changing teeth. Sometimes a homeopathic remedy helps, which the vet can also recommend.

If some milk teeth are preserved

Sometimes it can happen that so-called persistent milk teeth are preserved. Such teeth remain in the cat's jaw beyond the change of teeth and are not replaced by a new one - this can lead to a malposition in the cat's teeth. Therefore, these remaining milk teeth may have to be removed by a veterinarian. Otherwise, tartar or inflammation of the gums can easily form in the resulting narrow interdental spaces.

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After about eight months, everything is usually over and your pet has its real predator teeth. By the way: If you do not find any unusual teeth in your apartment during the time of changing your teeth, you do not have to worry: the small milk teeth are often simply swallowed when eating.

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