Care and nutrition during the period when kittens change teeth (briefly)
Sometimes inexperienced cat owners wonder: "are the teeth in kittens? If so, how do they change? Is there any special care for Pets during this period?" This topic will be dedicated to today.
For a full understanding of the question we begin with birth. So, the female gives birth to light, like most animals, it is absolutely toothless. The first incisors appear after fully opened eyes (after two weeks, sometimes later). A month later, the baby already have the first "milk package." At this age you will not be able to examine the molars — they are cut later, like fangs. By the way, because of the absence of the latter can often be seen peeking the tip of the tongue.
When do kittens change teeth? The age at which this happens may vary. Usually this process starts with three months, sometimes a little earlier or a little later. The deviations within a week in either direction was no big deal.
Oddly enough, even experienced cat owners are not always "catch" the moment. The fact is that teeth change gradually, slowly (approximately five months) and often without any sign of ailments, that is absolutely painless. After the change of cutters comes the turn of fangs, and then grow the root, called molars and premolars. They grow just thirty units (upper jaw has two molars more than the lower). To six-month age (and sometimes a month later) the change of teeth is over. This period requires enhanced attention towards the pet.
At a time when the kittens change teeth especially need to take responsibility for the quality of food. In this period the animal is quite vulnerable because the immune system had significantly reduced. In the age interval when changing the teeth in kittens, the most infection viral diseases. Poor quality food, lack of vitamins and calcium will have a negative impact on the development of the whole organism, in particular on the condition of the skeletal system. It should be noted: weak animals give then weakened offspring. Increase the amount of cheese, type comprehensive feeding (with the mandatory calcium, phosphorus).
Another important point: when do kittens change teeth, you should refuse vaccination (even in the case where the first vaccination for any reason were not made on time). Unfortunately, not every vet draws on such a "trifle" attention, "forgetting" to remind the owner about the animal's weakened immune system of the baby. And the risk is really great, because each inoculation — the introduction of the virus, even the dead, in small amounts. The body being in a state of stress (we are talking about the time when the kittens change teeth) to deal with harmful microorganisms doubly difficult.
Very often, the owners point to a certain capriciousness of their Pets and the desire to chew everything. The phenomenon is clear and understandable. Remember the expression "my teeth itch"? Chewing helps kittens to get rid of the milk teeth make room for new, larger and more sturdy. It is not necessary to punish the Pets at this time. Better buy a special toy (for example, dried strands) that will bring your pet and benefit, and pleasure.
Sometimes you have to face a situation when a new tooth was already coming (or even increased) and the old (milk) never got. To worry in this case is not necessary — a five-minute appointment with a vet will help to solve this problem.