Teeth falling out from your cat is something that pet owners must give attention to especially if they are losing it continuously. It can be a sign of serious health conditions that you need to seek a professional help or it is just a normal process they are going through. To be able to know if the condition is a serious health problem or not, pet owners must understand the reasons why their cat’s teeth are falling out and what could be the possible signs to watch out for before bringing them to the vet. Have you ever wonder why do cats teeth fall out?
Usually, cats lose their teeth from 3-8 months, this is the period when they lose their baby teeth and may experience loss of appetite due to sore gums. At 6 months of age, permanent teeth may start to replace the old ones.
Your friend’s teeth are similar to use human so it is necessary to keep it clean by regularly brushing their teeth and have a veterinary teeth cleaning once a year. If owners don’t implement prevention, cats may suffer from plaque, gingivitis and other serious health diseases.
The number of teeth may appear on your cat during the earliest period is set of 26. They are often called as milk teeth. It usually emerges to kittens during the 1st month. Milk teeth are sharp and may begin to fall out at about 3-4 months. A permanent set of teeth may appear at the age of 9 months and usually come together with the set of 30.
Causes of Losing Teeth
Age of Your Cat
One reason why cats loses their teeth is due to their age.This condition happens at the period of 10 years of age or more. Signs are not visible if this happens. Older cats tend to have a normal routine such as eating regularly and do not show any health issues. When cats get older, their gums become weak just like the other body systems that becomes unsteady due to aging. Gums are designed to be compact in shape that is responsible to hold the teeth in place and prevent it from falling out.
Most common cat dental issues are called periodontal disease or gum disease. According to some studies, this condition affects 90% of cats ages 6 years and above. Periodontal disease is a caused by a bacteria coming from a plaque. It can result into tartar later on. Tartar is a yellowish discoloration of the crust teeth. If left untreated, it can irritate the gums and produce bacteria. Due to swelling and infection, it will loosen the gums and teeth may cause to fall out.
Another cause of the problem can be gingivitis or commonly known as inflammation of the gums. Signs may arise are the pain in the tooth, foul odor, excessive licking, unable to close cat’s mouth, pain during eating, mouth lesions, bleeding gums, swelling and redness. If any of these symptoms appear, consult your vet immediately to be given the right medication. Teeth cleaning or tooth scraping may be suggested to remove the tartar.
What can be the symptoms that your cat may lose teeth?
When your feline friend loses their teeth due to other medical conditions, here are the symptoms to look for:
- Foul smelly breath
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty eating
- Pain in the mouth
- Inflammation of the gums
- Continuously rubbing their face
- Unable to close the mouth
What Can You Do?
- Always check your cat’s teeth regularly for any bleeding, swelling, discharge or irritation. If you see any of these, consult your veterinary immediately.
- During the early stages, have your kitten get used to brushing their teeth. Only use appropriate toothpaste and toothbrush for them. Consult this first to your vet.
The best way to prevent your cats from falling out their teeth is to brush their teeth regularly. It may be difficult the first few tries but remember that this is the only way to prevent any possible health risks and to maintain their dental condition healthy. Have a schedule cleaning to your vet once a year in order to remove dirt or yellowish discoloration in the teeth that could lead to tartar and plaque. There is also a food that could reduce tartar, ask your vet about this.
Pet owners must be aware that if dental issues are left untreated, it can lead to serious health conditions. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream which tends to damage internal organs such as heart, kidney and liver.
A healthy lifestyle is very important to practice for your cat’s sake. Give the right diet and use teeth cleaning treats to prevent the formation of tartar. Brush their teeth regularly and use a specific toothpaste and toothbrush for cats. Never use a human toothpaste since fluoride can be very toxic to them. Pet them first to encourage relaxation.
Slowly open the mouth and use the middle finger to hold the jaws. Do not hold tightly. Place the head into upper position and rub the teeth smoothly. When your cats get used to this routine, it will be easier for you to brush their teeth regularly. Follow also a suggested dental hygiene that your vet may provide. Always keep your cat’s teeth healthy all the time!