Do cats lose their baby teeth?
May 16, 2010 4:21 PM Subscribe
Should I be worried that my older kitten/young cat has lost two teeth in the past week?
posted by mesha steele to Pets & Animals (10 answers total)
In late February, I adopted Boris from the local animal shelter; the shelter people estimated his age at four or five months (he was 2 pounds when adopted, if that helps with age estimates), making him around 7 months old now. In the past week, he has lost two teeth.
The first time it happened, he was curled up on my lap, with his face on my arm. When he jumped down to the floor, I noticed something hard stuck in my sweater's sleeve, which turned out to be a tooth (not one of the long fangs, but a side tooth or something). A couple of days after that, when I was going to bed, I noticed Boris sitting at the end of the bed and went to pet him. There was a second, smaller tooth there on the comforter next to him.
He doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort; he's eating his normal diet of dry catfood and playing a lot (as kittens are wont to do). He loves carrying his toy catnip balls around in his mouth, and his lost teeth don't seem to impede that any. So, basically, I'm not sure if I should be worried here. Is it normal for young cats to lose teeth (like baby teeth), or is this a serious issue I should take him to the vet for? I'm especially concerned if it will affect his diet, since the few times I've offered him wet catfood, he turned up his nose, and only eats dry.