My Kitten Is Losing Her Teeth

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, explains the schedule for losing baby teeth and getting their permanent replacements.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Posted: Feb. 20, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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Q: My 5-month-old kitten has lost two teeth within days of each other. Should I be concerned, or is this to be expected?

A: Kittens are born without teeth. This allows them to nurse on the mother without hurting her. As the kitten grows, their baby teeth erupt. By the time the kitten is 45 days (6 ½ weeks) old, they have a total of 26 baby teeth. These baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent “adult” teeth. The permanent incisors erupt between 3 and 5 months of age. The canine teeth erupt at 5 months. The pre-molars erupt at 5 to 6 months of age. The molars erupt at 4 to 5 months of age. As you can see, there’s a lot of dental activity occurring at 5 months of age. Some of your kitten’s permanent teeth have begun to erupt and have pushed out the associated baby teeth. It’s nothing to worry about.

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JLittles    St. Charles, MO

9/19/2012 10:52:07 AM

I was worried there for a bit when my 5 month old kitten was licking himself (sitting on my lap) and his tooth fell out! I did check it for cavities and signs of rot and there were none. It was also tiny enough for me to be assured that it was a milk tooth! Thanks for the article! :)

Daniela    Eagle p, TX

8/15/2010 2:56:12 PM

my kitten lost his first one at almost 5 months

Susan    Weymouth, MA

11/27/2009 7:44:24 PM

you put my daughters mind at rest...she found a tooth dangling and was going to rush to a doc when I checked here....we did not know that some animals have baby teeth....we are new to the world of pets, and she loves being a cat owner (it has helped her immensely to deal with other loses too)...

Martin    Winchester, UK, NH

11/15/2009 1:32:28 AM

Thank you - minds put at rest in Winchester England! (not New Hampshire - old Hamsphire!)

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