Teething is not the most pleasant process, because it is accompanied by pain and discomfort. Trying to get rid of the unusual itching and pain in the gums, the kitten begins to chew all around. The most common of these items are furniture, wooden items, wicker baskets or kitchen utensils, leather shoes, children’s toys, and the hands of owners, who for most kittens are the undisputed leaders on our list.
However, punishing a child for damaged items or an attack on the hand of the owner during the change of teeth in any case is not possible. The desire to chew is a natural reaction to teething, and no punishment will help. Some pets have such a hard time with this period that they even refuse to eat and will meow loudly, as if complaining to the owner about his attack. Changes in the baby’s behavior often occur. He can become aggressive and restless or, conversely, very sluggish. Much depends on the individual characteristics of the pet, and if one kitten has a hard time changing teeth, the other will not feel it.
To help the cat cope with an important period, direct his chewing talents in the right direction and protect things and their own hands from small but very sharp teeth, give him a special toy. Which, by the way, will solve not one but several problems.
THE KITTEN SWALLOWED A TEETH
Don’t worry about it. This happens to kittens constantly, but the tooth, without digestion, comes out with feces. It does not damage the mucous membranes
First, the toy is a reliable and proven way to occupy your pet (and relax in peace). Kittens are very active, they are ready to play for days on end, but the owners, of course, do not have the opportunity to entertain the pet around the clock. And then come to the aid of toys, the range of which is very wide in pet stores. You can easily choose a model for a joint game, the owner and the pet, as well as toys that the kitten can play on their own while you are at work, doing your business, or relaxing.
Secondly, toys and active games contribute to the harmonious physical and mental development of the kitten. During the game, the kitten actively moves and releases the accumulated energy, and toys, puzzles make him find solutions to unusual situations and develop intelligence.
Third, a special toy for kittens made of synthetic rubber is real salvation during the period of changing teeth. These kitten toys bite with pleasure and excitement: a fairly soft material that is pleasant to the teeth and safe for the mouth. Thanks to the exciting activity, the kitten forgets about the discomfort in the gums and enjoys the game.
DIET FOR KITTEN WHOSE TEETH CHANGES
As we have already said, nutrition during the change of teeth should be balanced and consist only of safe useful products. Particular attention should be paid to ensure that the food contains enough phosphorus and calcium. It is not always possible to provide this with food (especially if it is natural), so it is recommended to include in the diet of vitamin and mineral complexes.
Fourth, a quality toy for cats is the prevention of oral diseases, as plaque is removed during chewing. And fifth, some of them are soaked in sweet mint to provide fresh breath, which, you will agree, is a nice bonus.
Not to mention the famous catnip – a favorite delicacy of most cats. Catnip is often used in the manufacture of toys. Pets not only enthusiastically bite and lick such toys but also have fun rolling on the floor, as if not paying attention to everything around. However, when buying a toy for a kitten, remember that kittens under 2.5 months of age usually do not respond to catnip. In addition, about 20% of cats are not attracted to these delicacies. Very soon, through trial and error, you will know exactly which toys your pet will like and which ones are unlikely to deserve his attention.
Remember that toys and active games are an integral part of the good health and happy life of pets, which is so easy to please!
Frequently asked questions
THE KITTEN IS SLOW AND SLEEPS ALL THE TIME
For a kitten whose teeth change, lethargy and drowsiness are normal. In addition, at this time the animals also lose immunity: they become prone to various diseases. Therefore, if you notice this behavior in your kitten, provide him with peace, proper and regular nutrition and intake of vitamin complexes. Also, make sure that your pet does not freeze. Do not vaccinate during this period. In general, lethargy, without fever, may be the norm, and because of this you should not worry.
THE KITTEN STOPPED EATING
The most common complaint of kitten owners when changing teeth is loss of appetite. It happens that cats refuse to eat even their favorite meat. It is understandable, because at this time it may just hurt to eat. Remember yourself at this time. Therefore, do not worry too much, but try to make sure your pet eats at least 1-2 times a day. If this does not happen, there may be more discomfort in the mouth than there should be. Then you should immediately consult a veterinarian to eliminate this discomfort.
When the process of changing teeth is complete, the cat should grow 12 incisors, 4 canines, 10 premolars and 4 molars. Permanent teeth – white, but slightly yellowish, in contrast to milk, which are white without impurities. Over time, the teeth wear out and therefore become even yellower, sometimes they have caries. But this is the subject of another article.