Kitten Teething Behavior

One way in which kittens and human babies can be compared is that they are both born toothless. Kitten teething usually starts at around four weeks of age, which explains why most pet books and websites recommend that you start weaning your kitten towards solid food at this age.

Like human babies, kittens also go through baby teeth as well before their permanent teeth grow in. By the age of six weeks old, kittens should have all of their 26 baby teeth in place. These baby teeth are sharper than ordinary and fall out naturally as the permanent teeth take their positions. The permanent incisors are the first to emerge and come out at around 4 months of age. At six months of age, your kitten will grow its adult canine teeth. Finally, at eight months old, your kitten’s permanent molar and premolar teeth will grow as well.

Most kitten’s teething process goes easy, with the pet owners barely noticing that their kittens are growing teeth. Sometimes though, your kitten may become grumpy or aggressive because of its sore mouth and growing teeth. To help this process along, there are several things you can do to ease your kitten’s pain and make the whole teething process more comfortable.

There may be times when your kitten does not want to eat, which may be due to its sore gums. It is never a good idea to wean your kitten before its teeth are set because this will just cause your kitten additional pain that you could have easily avoided. Continue giving your kitten warm kitten replacement formula or mother cat milk, and encourage it when it seems cranky. You can start weaning at 4 weeks of age. Always remember to keep the food as soft as possible. If your kitten still refuses to eat, then maybe syringe or catheter feeding should be looked into after a quick trip to the vet.

You will notice that your kitten will also start chewing on your belongings more during this stage. This is done in an effort to relieve the pain of teething. One way you can help is by providing your kitten with chew toys it can bite and gnaw on all it wants. Chew toys can come in the form of hard rubber or plastic toys like teething rings. You can also buy fabric-covered toys or teething blankets when your kitten seems to prefer softer toys instead.

One thing to remember about kitten teething behavior is that they tend to bite you and your fingers more often. While playing with a teething kitten, it is always a good idea to keep your digits away to avoid possible injuries. Don’t get mad at your pet when it bites you, for most likely, your kitten is just really uncomfortable about the overall teething sensation. When your kitten starts biting you or other cats, provide it with its chew toys instead to show it that there are some things it can bite and some things it is not allowed to bite.

Keeping an eye on your kitten teething is important, checking your kitten’s teeth as they grow along is a good tip as well. There may be times when your kitten’s permanent teeth come in before its baby teeth fall out. Kittens CAN display both baby and permanent teeth together but only up until a certain point. If this takes too long, then a trip to the vet and simple tooth extraction may be necessary.