Fun Facts About Cat Teeth
1. Cats and People Both Have Baby Teeth!
First, we both have baby teeth that fall out and get replaced with adult teeth. They get their baby teeth at about 2 weeks old and get their adult teeth at about 4 months old.
2. Wait…how many teeth?
Cats have 26 baby teeth while humans only have 20. But they get 30 permanent teeth while we get 32 permanent teeth. Dogs have all of us beat with 28 baby teeth and 42 adult teeth.
3. Cat teeth are for hunting
The shape of cat teeth is all for hunting. All of their teeth are perfect for seizing their pray and tearing flesh. They have no teeth that are meant for grinding. They even have a “bleeding groove” which is meant to allow the blood of their prey to bleed around the tooth and not choke the cat. This makes them pretty fierce.
4. Grooming Teeth
Cat’s have grooming teeth. They don’t help with hunting but they are good for nibbling. These grooming teeth are their incisors, which are the little teeth between their big sharp canine teeth. They use these to nibble and chew when they are cleaning their fur or chewing on their claws.
5. Cats don’t usually show dental pain.
Cats are very good at hiding their pain, so if they are having dental pain you most likely won’t know. This is why it is important to get them an annual dental health check up to make sure they are not having issues you aren’t aware of. Dental health issues can lead to not eating, as well as a whole bevy of other health issues.
6. Cat’s don’t care about losing a tooth
The most common treatment for a tooth issue is to extract it, this means to pull it out. It sounds worse than it is. Most of the time an extraction won’t negatively affect your cat at all. If they have a lot of teeth extracted, they may need to switch to soft food, which is easier to eat, but your cat will still be fine.