cat teethLike humans, a cat has two sets of teeth: a deciduous set and a permanent set. The first set consists of 26 "milk teeth" without molars and starts to appear when the kitten is about four weeks olds. Once your cat hits six weeks of age, all 26 milk teeth are present but would lose all of their deciduous teeth between 11 to 30 weeks. During this time period, your cat may eat less and suffer from sore gums.

Meanwhile, a cat’s permanent set of teeth consists of 30 individual pieces of teeth that replace the deciduous set once they have all fallen out. The cat would have a complete set of teeth by about six months of age.

What cat’s teeth consists

The difference between cat’s teeth and human teeth is that theirs are suited to rip and cut (compared to our "slicing and chewing" teeth). Cats have twelve tiny teeth in the front of the mouth called incisors used for scraping-six in the upper jaw, and six in the lower jaw. They are flanked by two upper and lower canines, which is sometimes referred to as "fangs." Canines are designed to hold prey and tear its flesh. Ten sharp premolars and four molars act together to cut the food.

Taking care of your cat’s teeth

There are occasions where a cat would retain its milk teeth after the permanent set appears. These deciduous teeth should be removed by a veterinarian as soon as possible to avoid displacing the permanent teeth. There are also cases of extra teeth in cats, which should also be remove especially if they cause crowding or injury to soft tissues or other teeth.