Published : 10/04/2017 12:00:00
Categories : tips and tricks
Have you ever taken the time to watch Kitty’s teeth ? For an adult cat, you should count 30. They are all very sharp, to serve his carnivorous diet. In addition to their 4 sharp canines (useful for hunting), our feline friends have 10 premolars, 4 molars and 12 incisors. The latter, the tiny front teeth, also serve your cat to wash and care for his coat (by catching the parasites that are there or by getting rid of the burrs that are tangled there). In short, the teeth of your cat are indispensable to him. Hence the importance of taking care of them. We tell you how.
A kitten’s baby teeth
Like humans, cats do not have teeth at birth, which allows them to be nursed by their mother without hurting her. Their first teeth then appear at the age of 2-3 weeks. These 26 baby teeth (the molars only arrive with the final teeth), will begin to fall from the 3rd month of the kitten to give place to its teeth of adult at the age of 6 months.
Dental diseases of cats
Oral diseases are common in cats, especially for elderly ones. Only a careful monitoring will allow you to detect a possible problem related to the health of your cat’s teeth. You will need to be vigilant if you find that he has bad breath, excess saliva, difficulty eating (or eating only on one side), or if you see his gums bleed or are red and swollen.
Brushing your cat's teeth
To prevent the formation of tartar on Kitty's teeth, the most effective is the toothbrush ! And yes, you can brush your feline teeth regularly (several times a week) with a brush and a suitable toothpaste (careful: not toothpaste for human!). This ritual can eliminate 75 % of the tartar formation and keep your cat healthy teeth.