As a kitten grows, just like human infants, they too experience the uncomfortable phase of teething. This period can be taxing for your little feline friend as well as for your furniture and fingers. But fear not; here are some tips and tricks to help your kitten teethe with ease.
The kitten teething timeline
Teething timeline chart:
2–3 weeks: Tiny incisors make an entrance.
3–4 weeks: The 'fangs' stage—canines arrive.
4–6 weeks: Premolars appear, upping the dental ante.
6 months: Full set of adult teeth arrives, teething tails off.
Signs your kitten is teething
As your kitten embarks on their dental journey from baby bites to adult nibbles, here are the tell-tale signs to help you spot the teething phase.
Chewing behaviour: Kittens will chew more during teething to relieve the discomfort. Your shredded hands could probably tell you this.
Drooling: You may notice your kitten drooling more than usual.
Reduced appetite: Teething can cause discomfort and may lead to a temporary decrease in appetite.
Teeth discovery: You might find tiny kitten teeth on the floor as their adult teeth come in.
Gum discomfort: Their gums may look red and swollen, and they might paw at their mouth.
Does my kitten need a teething toy?
Teething toys for kittens aren’t necessities, but they do have some benefits.
The best teething toys do double duty: they provide your kitten relief from the aches of growing new teeth and help keep those teeth clean.
They also encourage safe play and learning, saving your household items from becoming chew targets. So quite literally, they could save your skin.
Can't kittens just use baby teething toys?
While it might seem convenient to hand over a baby teething toy to your kitten, it's not always the safest option.
Kittens need toys that are durable and can withstand sharp little teeth without the risk of breaking apart and becoming a choking hazard.
Five kitten teething toy options
Setting your kitten up with the right teething toys is like giving them their very own set of 'chew tools' for dental health and entertainment. Here’s a roundup of five fantastic teething toys that will keep your little furball engaged and give those tender gums a break:
1. Catstages dental kitty chew wheel catnip cat toy: £4.36 at time of publishing. This toy is a treasure trove of textures with catnip to tackle teething troubles head-on.
2. Silvervine sticks: £13.58 at time of publishing. This interesting toy is made of silvervine sticks, raffia, sisal rope, and gall fruit.
3. Bojafa cat catnip toys for indoor cats: £5.59 at the time of publishing. A cute, cuddly toy with catnip inside
4. Petstages fresh breath mint stick dental toy: £4.36 at time of publishing. A minty-fresh toy that doubles as a dental cleaner, with special netting to scrub away tartar as your kitten chews.
5. Woolbuddy cat sushi toys: £22.57 at time of publishing. How adorable are these sushi-themed wool toys? Your kitten can pretend they're gnawing on the real thing.
If possible, check out a variety of toys. That way, you can see what your kitten prefers and also prevent them from getting bored with a single type.
What about homemade kitten teething toys?
You don’t have to break the bank to provide relief. A simple homemade teething toy can be made by knotting a piece of clean cloth or rope, dampening it, and then chilling it in the freezer. The coolness can offer soothing relief to those tender gums.
Just be sure that whatever you use as a teething toy at home can't be broken into small pieces and turn into a choking hazard.
Remember, while teething is temporary, establishing good dental habits lasts a lifetime. So, it’s important to introduce your kitten to teeth-friendly practices early on.
With the right toys and a bit of patience, you'll help your furry little friend through their teething phase paw-fectly.
And while you're thinking 'kitty', getting your feline friend insured while they're young means that if you need to see the vet due to an unexpected kitty accident or illness, you could be covered for the vet bills.
If you wait to buy insurance, then any conditions they've suffered with may be considered pre-existing, and excluded from an insurance policy.