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How to Help Your Kitten Through the Teething Stage

kitten teething blogBetween the ages of 11 weeks and 6 months old, your kitten is likely to experience some pain associated with teething. In order to help your kitten through this process, it’s important to understand what exactly is taking place.

Kittens are born without any teeth. At 2 weeks old, the incisors at the front of the mouth begin to show, and at four weeks old, the kitten’s canine teeth become visible. At 6 weeks of age, the premolars have emerged as well. All of these teeth are considered baby teeth, or deciduous teeth.

These tiny baby teeth begin to fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth when kittens reach 11 weeks old. While their baby teeth are loose and their 30 permanent teeth are coming in, kittens can experience discomfort while eating and sore gums. The following tips can help your kitten through this stage:

  • Avoid vigorous play involving toys your kitten has to grab with her mouth.
  • Don’t brush your kitten’s teeth during this period, or do so very gently with a finger brush.
  • Soften up your kitten’s food if she’s having trouble eating.
  • Purchase a teething ring meant for feline use.
  • Check in with your cat’s veterinarian to make sure her teeth are coming in without any issues.
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  • Jordan Walker May 13, 2014, 9:13 pm

    My mum bought a teething ring for her cat. It was so useful when her cat was experiencing pain with teething. I know it was hard on the kitten’s part but she was able to survived her teething period.

  • Brenda October 27, 2016, 5:16 am

    My kittens having such a hard time keeping she won’t use a teething ring so what do I do now

  • Brenda October 27, 2016, 5:19 am

    I’m taking her to the vet three times now he’s givin her a shot of steroids and some antibiotics but none of it’s helping she will be 6 months on the 3rd of November I feel so bad for her wish I could help

    • VetDepot October 27, 2016, 11:56 am

      There are many different problems that could arise with a cat’s dental health, I’d check out and make sure it isn’t Gingival Overgrowth – where gum disease can cause the gums to grow over the teeth. It could cause a lot of discomfort, and there are other types of gum disease that could be present. I’m guessing some gum or tooth problem must be the culprit, because 6 months is pretty late for them to still be teething!

  • Brenda October 27, 2016, 5:21 am

    My kittens having such a hard time teething she won’t use a teething ring so what do I do now

    • VetDepot October 27, 2016, 11:49 am

      Brenda, I honestly don’t know. Are you sure teething is the problem? None of my kittens have ever had that many issues when they were teething, and I’d think that 6 months is pretty old for a cat to keep having these difficulties…I’d take her to the vet again, there could be a different problem that you need to deal with. Wish you the best of luck, and let me know how everything turns out!

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