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The Tooth Fairy comes for Kittens too!

Many new kitten owners are surprised to learn that kittens have “baby” teeth, just like we do. These teeth are properly called deciduous teeth, and they are not present at birth. At 2-3 weeks of age, the small incisor teeth appear at the front of the mouth, at around 4 weeks of age the canine teeth (fangs) have emerged, and by 6 weeks of age, the teeth at the back of the mouth (premolars) have emerged. Kittens have a total of 26 deciduous teeth.

The deciduous teeth begin to fall out and are replaced by the permanent adult teeth from 11 to 24 weeks of age. The incisor teeth are the first ones to fall out, between 11 and 16 weeks of age, followed by the canine teeth at 12 to 20 weeks of age, then the premolar teeth at 16-20 weeks of age. Finally, at weeks 20-24, the molar teeth emerge.

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When kittens are losing their deciduous teeth, they may spit them out, so don’t be alarmed if you find a tooth somewhere in your house! It’s just a normal part of your kitten growing up. Save the baby tooth in your scrapbook or leave it for the tooth fairy! Otherwise, kittens may swallow the teeth as they fall out and they will pass through their digestive tract without harm.

Kittens may have some mild discomfort when they are teething. Giving them soft toys to bite and play with may help. You may want to avoid handling their mouth or trying to brush their teeth during this time. Sometimes, kittens may have problems with their deciduous teeth that require veterinary attention, which may include broken teeth, or retained deciduous teeth, which is when the deciduous teeth do not fall out on their own. In these cases, it may be necessary to extract the broken or retained tooth. Kitten exams are done with each booster vaccination visit and will include an inspection of your kitten’s teeth to look for any of these problems.

 

Written by Tiffany Lennox, DVM

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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Killarney Cat Hospital