Five Things You Might Not Know about Your Cat’s Teeth
Teeth are very important to almost all living creatures in this world. This is because it enables a creature such as humans to eat and chew the food so we won’t choke when we swallow. Today I am going to talk about some things that cat owners might not know about their fury friend’s teeth. Below are some of the things about feline’s teeth.
Did you know that you can use a cat’s teeth to determine its age?
Cat’s teeth are made up of two sets just like human teeth. Twenty six baby cat teeth will start to come out when a kitty is between two to four weeks old. They will get 30 adult teeth between the ages of three to four months.
Did you know that feline’s teeth are design for meat eating?
The molars of cats are made different. It is not flat unlike human’s molar and animals that are herbivores. Felines’ molars are sharp and serrated which helps them cut up the meat into chunks and separate it from the bones easily. Cats jaw only move up and down while human jaw can move up and down and side to side, which enables us to eat veggies, fruits and non-meat products.
Did you know that cats front teeth are mainly used for grooming?
Cats use their front teeth or incisors to groom themselves. They are able to use their incisors to catch fleas that are crawling in their fur and then swallow it whole. They also use their incisors to remove objects such as a piece of grass after taking a walk in the field.
Did you know that kitties get cavities too but they are hard to detect?
Unlike our human teeth, cavities in cats or resorptive lesions start under the gum line which is the neck of the tooth. Most of the time a cat will lose a tooth before their owner detects the problem.
Did you know that cat cavities are painful just like human cavities?
I think this one is quite obvious except for the fact that their cavities are hard to detect. So make sure to get your feline friend’s teeth checked regularly to prevent it from getting cavities and to save them from any pain a cavity might cause.
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