Quick Cat Tip of the Day: Your Cat’s Mouth

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While cats bodies are very sensitive organized systems, it’s tough to figure out which cat body part is the most important or relevant.  Obviously they all are but we decided it would be fun to examine the various cat body parts in further detail because there is far more complexity to all these parts that most people know.  Actually there are lot of “did you know?” stuff when it pertains to cat body parts.  Today’s focus is going to be on a cat’s mouth.   There’s some surprising stuff related to the cat mouth that we want to share.

Here are some pretty cool cat mouth facts from Jane Kelley :

Kittens have 26 teeth, which start falling out between 3 and 4 months of age.

Those baby teeth are replaced by 30 adult teeth — 12 tiny incisors, used mostly for grooming; four canines for catching and holding prey; 10 premolars designed for tearing meat off bones; and four molars far in the back of the mouth.

Unlike those of humans and dogs, cats’ jaws can move only in an up-and-down motion. The lack of side-to-side movement makes it impossible for cats to grind food, which is why they usually swallow kibble whole instead of chewing it.

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