A kitten goes through a teething process and will have cycled through two sets of teeth by the time it is 6 months old. Most kittens go through this process with ease, while some may not handle it as well.
Kittens develop their first teeth at around 3 or 4 weeks old. There are 26 baby teeth. These baby teeth all fall out by 3 to 4 months old to make room for the adult teeth. By the time the kitten is 6 months old, all the adult teeth are in place. There are 30 adult teeth.
Signs of Teething
You may not even realise that your cat is going through the teething process, until you maybe see a tooth in the bed or floor. To see a tooth is very rare because most cats swallow these teeth. This is normal and there is no need to be concerned.
There are some common signs that your kitten is teething. Signs may include appetite loss, excessive chewing, less grooming and red gums. Teething can cause some discomfort for kittens and you can look for ways to relieve the irritation associated with teething. Providing you kitten with chewable toys will help to relieve some of the irritation and also decrease the possibility of them chewing on your furniture and electrical cords.
A kitten chewing on electric cords can be dangerous and you must safe guard your home to prevent your kitten from getting hurt. If you cannot keep the electrical cords out of reach of your kitten, cover the cords with protective plastic to protect your kitten and the cords.
Some kittens may not handle the teething process well. Show your kitten lots of love, support and patience to ease them through this uncomfortable stage of their life.