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Dental Development of Cats

By

Sofie Muylle

, DVM, PhD, Department of Morphology, Ghent University

Last full review/revision Aug 2018 | Content last modified Aug 2018

Each type of companion animal has its own unique type of teeth, depending on what type of food the animal normally eats. For example, a meat-eating animal, such as a cat, has quite different teeth compared to a grass-eating animal, such as a horse. However, all domestic animals have 2 sets of teeth during their lives, as humans do: a set of deciduous (“baby”) teeth that fall out, and a set of permanent teeth that come in later.

Most cats have 26 deciduous teeth and 30 permanent teeth. The deciduous incisors begin to erupt at 2 to 4 weeks of age, and the deciduous premolars at 5 to 6 weeks of age. Permanent teeth usually begin to appear at around 4 to 7 months (see Table: Feline Adult Dentition Feline Adult Dentition Also see professional content regarding management of cats. Like dogs, cats look very different from people but share many of our body’s characteristics, such as a circulatory system, lungs... read more ).

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