Just like humans, kittens do not have visible teeth when they are born. Your kitten’s 26 ‘baby teeth’ only start to appear at around three weeks of age. These are then slowly replaced by 30 adult teeth between three and nine months of age.
If you find your kitten’s baby teeth on the floor during this time, don't worry – it’s a natural part of the growing-up process.
What teeth do cats have?
Kittens and adult cats have four types of teeth, each with slightly different jobs when it comes to playing, gripping and eating.
Incisors: the very small teeth in the front. Cats have six in the upper jaw and six in the lower jaw.
Canines: the long, pointy teeth. Cats have two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.
Pre-molars: the teeth between the canines and molars. Cats have six in the upper jaw and four in the lower jaw.
Molars: the teeth at the very back of the mouth. Cats have two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.
Teething in kittens
As with human babies, the teething process can cause some discomfort for kittens. You may notice the following signs during this period:
- Reluctance to eat
- Urgency to chew
- Sore gums
- Increased irritability (due to sore gums)
Although this is usually nothing to worry about, you can give your kitten extra support while teething by:
- Taking extra care when playing with your kitten – don’t pull toys that they have grabbed in the mouth
- Avoid brushing your kitten’s teeth during this time – you don’t want your kitten to think tooth brushing is painful
- Feeding wet food so they don't have to chew – or try softening kibble with some water
How nutrition can help
PURINA® PRO PLAN® JUNIOR dry diet and PURINA® PRO PLAN® JUNIOR NUTRISAVOUR wet diet are both formulated to provide all the nutrients your kitten needs for growth and development – including the right balance of minerals to help grow strong and healthy teeth.