How Many Teeth Do Cats Have?
Perhaps many cat owners pay little attention to cats' teeth.
Cat teeth are a mysterious existence：
How many teeth do cats have?
Does it have cavities?
Should I brush its teeth?
Will its gums bleed like humans do?
Cat owners who haven't paid much attention to their cats' teeth before should pay attention now, as they are very important to their cats.
Now find out more about the secrets of cat teeth with Lionpapa's blog~
1. How many teeth does a cat have?
In fact, there are many similarities between human teeth and cat teeth.
Cats, like humans, have two sets of teeth in their life, namely baby teeth and adult teeth. However, there is a significant difference in the time when they grow and replace teeth.
The growth and development of cat teeth can be divided into two stages: baby teeth stage and adult teeth stage.
The baby teeth stage produces 26 teeth, namely 6 incisors, 2 canines and 6 premolars in the upper jaw.
The lower jaw has 6 incisors, 2 canines and 4 premolars.
There are 30 teeth in the adult tooth stage, and 2 premolars are added to the upper and lower jaws, namely 6 incisors, 2 canines, 6 premolars and 2 molars.
The lower jaw has 6 canines, 4 premolars, and 2 molars.
Regular tooth growth and transition are often used as an indicator of the age of a young cat:
The first baby incisors appear at 2-3 weeks
The first incisor appear at 3.5-4 months
The first baby canines appear at 3-4 weeks
The first canine appear at 5 months
The first baby premolars appear at 2 months
The first premolars appear at 4.5 to 5 months
The first molars appear at 4-5 months
2. Will cats have cavities?
Cat teeth are real carnivores teeth, sharp, suitable for biting prey, torn muscle.
A cat's molar has no horizontal surface, and its fangs have grooves on the outside to allow blood to flow out of the teeth when the cat bites its prey.
Because of this special shape and structure, the sweet-loving bacteria can't find the platform that forms the cavities, so it's hard to get cavities in cats' teeth.
3. Do cats have toothache?
Unfortunately, cats don't get cavities, but they do get oral diseases. At the same time, cats are also good at hiding pain
This means that if we are not careful, we may not be able to detect a tooth problem until one day it interferes with normal feeding and we have to remove it.
In order not to lead to this irreversible consequences, the cat owner needs to pay more attention to the cat's teeth.
If there are gums redness, abnormal drooling, eating habits mutation, oral stench, these circumstances may indicate that the cat's teeth have problems.
4. How to protect cat's teeth?
Hard foods with less water, such as cat food and biscuits, can rub against the teeth to help remove plaque.
Remember that real bones, such as pig or cow bones, are sometimes chewed into pieces and swallowed by cats, damaging their intestines and stomach, so it is best not to give them real bones as tooth cleaning tools.
Cat oral disease cannot be ignored. Prevention is key, and the key to prevention is brushing the teeth, which can be trained to do regularly if necessary.
That's all about cat's teeth, and if you have any other questions about feeding cats, please leave them in the comments~