Care and nutrition at a time when the kittens are changing their teeth (briefly about the main thing)
Sometimes inexperienced cat owners ask questions: "Do teeth change in kittens? If so, how do they change? Do you need any special care for pets during this period? "This is the topic of today's article.
For a full understanding of the issue, we will start at birth. So, kittens come into the world, like most animals, absolutely toothless. The first incisors appear after the eyes have fully opened (after two weeks, sometimes later). A month later the crumb already has the first "milk set". At this age you will not be able to examine the molars - they cut through later, like fangs. By the way, it is because of the absence of the latter that you can see the peeping tip of the tongue so often.
When do kittens change their teeth? The age at which this occurs can vary. Usually this process starts at three months, sometimes - a little earlier or a little later. In deviations in a week's time in any direction, there is nothing terrible.
Strangely enough, even experienced cat owners do not always "catch" this moment. The fact is that the teeth change gradually, rather slowly (approximately - up to five months) and often without any signs of ailments, that is absolutely painless. After the change of the incisors, the turn of the fangs begins, and behind them the root ones, called molars and premolars, grow. In total, thirty of them grow (the upper jaw has two molars larger than the lower one). By the age of six months (and sometimes a month later), the change of teeth is already over. This period requires increased attention in relation to the pet.
At a time when the kittens are changing their teeth, it is necessary to take a special attitude to the quality of nutrition. In this period, the animal is quite vulnerable, since its immunity is significantly reduced. It is at that age interval, when the teeth change in kittens, the most likely infection with viral diseases. Low-quality food, lack of vitamins and calcium will negatively affect the development of the body as a whole, in particular - on the condition of the bone system. It will be superfluous to notice: weak animals give then weakened offspring. Increase the amount of cottage cheese, enter complex top dressings (with the obligatory maintenance of calcium, with phosphorus).
Another important point: when the kittens are changing their teeth, it is worth to refuse vaccinations (even in the case when the first vaccinations for some reason were not made on time). Alas, not every veterinarian draws attention to such a "trifle", "forgetting" to remind the owner of an animal about the weakened immunity of the baby. And the risk is really great, because every vaccination is the introduction of a virus, even dead, in small amounts. An organism that is in a state of stress (it is a question of the time when the kittens change their teeth), to fight harmful microorganisms is doubly more difficult.
Very often the owners point to some caprice of their pets and a desire to nibble on everything. The phenomenon is understandable and quite understandable. Remember the expression "itchy itches?" Chewing helps kittens get rid of their milk teeth, making room for new, larger and stronger. Do not punish the pet at this time. It is better to buy special toys (for example, dried veins), which will bring to your pet both benefit and pleasure.
Sometimes you have to face a situation where a new tooth has already appeared (or even grown), and the old one (milk) never fell out. To worry in this case it is not necessary - the five-minute reception at the veterinarian will help to solve this problem.