When your kitten begins to teethe, it can cause many feelings. Who wants to come home and see their favorite things chewed on? Here, our East Setauket vets explain the reason behind teething in kittens and what to expect during the process.

The Purpose of Teething

Kitten teething can seem very odd if your pet is suddenly chewing on everything they can wrap their teeth around. It's important to remember that your cat isn't trying to be naughty; they are trying to relieve the pain and discomfort they are feeling. You may not have realized, but for your cat, chewing on your new sofa makes your cat's mouth feel better. If you want to learn more about kitten teething, contact our vets. They can provide you access to resources like the kitten teething chart.

So, how can you help relieve your feline friend's discomfort and protect your valuable belongings? Here is more information from our veterinary team at Setauket Animal Hospital. We're kind of like your cat and dog dentists in East Setauket.

What are the signs of teething in kittens?

  • Eating less
  • Crankiness
  • Hesitant to bite at or shake toys
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Gingivitis
  • Vocalizing more, from small mews to loud meows
  • Increased chewing, especially on soft items
  • Drooling
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chewing food more slowly

When do kittens lose their teeth?

If you are wondering, 'When do kittens lose their baby teeth?' Keep reading to find out the answers from our vets. Kittens start teething about three to four weeks after developing their first baby teeth. Kittens don't feel any pain when teething, but they can cause pain to their owners. Cat teeth can be pointy and sharp to the touch when they come in.

How long does teething last?

When your cat is about three months old, they should have all their adult teeth. Since their baby teeth are gone, teething should be a thing of the past. 

Intense teething can be a real struggle for many pet parents. Kittens looking to relieve pain will chew on almost anything they can find. Because of their small stature can often mean furniture legs, expensive footwear, or even your feet or fingers can become something for your cat to teeth on. 

Is teething painful for kittens?

Teething typically causes only minor discomfort for your kitten. Ensure she continues to eat adequately to sustain her weight. However, heightened chewing due to teething can pose risks to your kitten. While you probably kitten-proofed your home initially, it's beneficial to revisit and reinforce these safety measures during the teething phase.

How can I help relieve my kitten's pain?

Specific kitten teething bones are sized appropriately for small, medium, and large breeds and come flavored to help encourage your kitten to move away from boring, odorless valuables and toward a tasty, chewy treat—encouraging healthy chewing habits and relieving pain at the same time.

How can I stop my kitten from biting me?

Nipping and biting are natural ways kittens play. The hurt cat releases a high-pitched yelp when one kitten bites another too hard. 

If your young feline is biting or nipping at you, address this behavior promptly. To discourage this behavior, imitate the sound of a distressed kitten when your cat bites you. Emitting a sharp 'ow' in a high-pitched tone can surprise your kitten, prompting them to retreat. Once your kitten stops and moves away, remember to reward them for their positive response.

If this approach leads your kitten to nip at you more aggressively, quietly stop playing with your kitten and walk away, or gently put your cat in their crate for some quiet time.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your furry friend teething? Bring them in for routine cat and dog dental care with our East Setauket vets. We can check their teeth and help them achieve life-long oral health.