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If it looks like we got double fangage going on up there, it’s because we do. That big one is shoving aside the little one in front (or the other way around; I’m not sure). Kitteh is teething.

At around four months of age, the permanent incisors will start to come through and when the kitten is around 6 months of age the adult canines will come through. From eight months on, the premolars and molars will start to emerge.

What’s that you say? Several more months of this grumpy thumb-chewing fangasaurus?


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 22, 2014, 12:10 am

Eh. Just keep an eye out for a goofy looking guy with a blue Police Call box. If you see him, head for the hills

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 22, 2014, 12:29 am

I wonder if this good ol’ Southern trick will help. Twist a lump of sugar in a handkerchief and dip it in bourbon and let the poor teether suck on it. It’s called a “sugar tit.”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 22, 2014, 12:32 am

Oh, I almost forgot. If you’re a Southern Baptist you won’t have any bourbon around, so use apple jack. Same alcohol contents, more-or-less, but for some reason Jesus looks the other way.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 22, 2014, 12:46 am

Buy him some bunnies to chomp on?

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: January 22, 2014, 1:00 am

I never noticed my cat losing teeth. Does the cat swallow them? Or do you find them on the floor?

I do know they sell toothbrushes and paste for cats. I tried it once (on the cat). never, ever again. And I had a sweet cat. I can’t imagine how a fighter would react to brushing.

Comment from Deborah
Time: January 22, 2014, 1:15 am

Frozen mouse pops? With the tail sticking up—a la “Tom and Jerry” 🙂

Comment from weasel tablet
Time: January 22, 2014, 1:37 am

I think they mostly swallow them, but I have found a little milk tooth on the floor in the past. Not one of Jack’s yet, though.

Comment from dissent555
Time: January 22, 2014, 3:55 am

Hah! You think it’s bad now. Just wait til he starts asking for the car keys.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 22, 2014, 4:18 am

Or he starts stealing your 30-year-old scotch & watering down the remains so you (hopefully) don’t notice. Fucking cats.

Comment from Tibby
Time: January 22, 2014, 5:26 pm

I have found little milk teeth before too. It’s a little unsettling for some reason.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: January 22, 2014, 7:33 pm

My Siberian, who is 6.5 years old, still tries to chew on and nip me, and his teeth have been settled for a while.

When my small red tiger, the late Arizona, was teething, he left faint blood marks on my then wife’s little stuffed Pegasus. He’d snatch it from the bed and trot out with it in his jaws as though it were a rat, then pretend to kill it. After trying to discourage him, she threw up her hands and let him keep it. He played with it for years, usually only when he thought he was unobserved.

(Oddly, I still have it, though none of my cats since then has shown any interest in playing with it.)

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 22, 2014, 9:55 pm

Common problem amongst the English and those of decent … extra teeth ..

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: January 22, 2014, 11:41 pm

I’ve raised five cats from kittens and have only found shed baby teeth twice. They must swallow the things. As for brushing their teeth, Tom, don’t waste your time with the brushes and paste. Use a little bit of gauze around your finger and just wipe the teeth with that. If you must. Out of ten cats I’ve had just two that ever needed their teeth pulled or cleaned, so years of blowing off the brushing haven’t really hurt anyone around here. I wouldn’t bother, unless the vet threatens you.

Comment from Dan Patterson
Time: January 23, 2014, 11:39 am

Get those splinter hemorrhages on your nails looked into. No Shit.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 23, 2014, 12:11 pm

They’re just ridges in the nails, Dan. They buff out.

Comment from Oldcat
Time: January 24, 2014, 11:28 pm

I think the front one is the permanent one…it is blunter. But finding them is fairly rare, as they come out quick enough.

I used toothbrush on a patient cat I had for a while – you can get the outside with the teeth shut easy enough if they let you look at the teeth at all. You can’t really do the inside gumline.

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