Similar to human beings, cats have two sets of teeth: baby teeth and adult teeth.
How many teeth do cats have? I only see two – the fangs.
Says Hanen Abdel Rahman Cats have 30 adult teeth and 26 baby teeth. That’s far fewer than dogs (42 and 28) and less than humans (32 and 20). Those “fangs” or upper canine teeth often protrude saber-tooth tiger style and lend some cats an intimidating smile. Yes, I’m afraid. And I think those enamel-embellished kitties prefer it that way.
When do cats get their baby and adult teeth?
Says kristina.karelina Observing the eruption or emergence of teeth is a great method for estimating a kitten’s age. This is particularly helpful when faced with a stray kitten. The first teeth to erupt are the tiny front teeth or incisors and the long, pointy canines (some people still refer to them as “fangs.” Blame it on Twilight.). The primary (or “baby”) incisors and canines become visible around three to four weeks of age. The teeth immediately behind the canines, the premolars, quickly follow the front teeth. This typically occurs when the kittens are around five to six weeks old. The permanent teeth erupt around 11 to 16 weeks of age, beginning with the incisors followed by the canines at 12 to 20 weeks. The premolars are in place by 16 to 20 weeks of age. The difficult-to-see, way-in-the-back molars emerge around 20 to 24 weeks.
A feline’s pearly whites are quite different from human teeth since cats are carnivores. As such, one of the primary differences is that their permanent adult teeth aren’t as flat as ours.
Cats can’t survive on salads, vegetables, and other types of human food, because their teeth are conformed to a meat-based diet. That’s one of the main reasons why you should feed your feline pet only with high-quality cat food and why you should stay away from good-for-nothing fillers, grains, and substitutes to real meat.
Just like any other living creature out there, kittens of all breeds go through various growth stages as they reach maturity. The same goes for when their baby or adult pearly whites are teething.
When Do Cats Get Their Teeth?
The teething process usually starts at some point between the second and the fourth week after the kitten is born. Similar to human babies, kittens will start acting out – biting, excessive meowing, hissing, and similar problematic behavior are completely natural for a kitten which is just beginning the teething process.
t’s of intrinsic importance to feed your newborn kitten with vitamins and high-quality cat food formulated specifically for young kittens. Excellent nutrition is essential not only for the kitty’s teeth but for its overall health and growth.
The permanent teeth come in when the kitty reaches 3-4 months of age. The baby teeth will fall out to make way for the permanent teeth.
If your cat isn’t suffering from any dental problems, it should have 30 permanent teeth by the time it reaches one year of age.
Unfortunately, feline teeth can get damaged just as easily as ours can for several reasons – bad genes, being from an unhealthy breed prone to dental problems, neglected dental hygiene, other health-related diseases, improper diet, and so forth.
How To Maintain Your Cat’s Teeth
If you don’t maintain your fluffy pal’s dental hygiene, your cat will develop oral health problems, including bad breath, tartar build-up, gum disease, tooth decay, and so on. And unlike humans, cats won’t benefit from eating cheese and other dairy products to strengthen their enamel.