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Kitten Basics: Taking Care of Your Kitten’s Oral Health

Maintaining Your Kitten's Oral Health: A Guide for New Pet Parents

As a new kitten parent, maintaining your pet's oral health is crucial. Teething is one of the most important stages and it is essential to start good oral hygiene practices during this period. A healthy mouth is vital for your kitten's overall wellbeing. It can prevent dental issues such as plaque, tartar, and tooth decay. Not sure how to support your kitten’s oral health during its growth years? This guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to keep your kitten's teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Understanding the development of kitten teeth

To ensure proper oral care, it is important to be aware of the stages of your kitten's dental growth. Kittens are born toothless but begin to develop teeth once they turn 2 or 3 weeks old. By 8-12 weeks, they will have all their primary teeth. These baby teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent adult teeth during the teething stage. This can cause discomfort, pain, swelling, or bleeding gums. It is imperative to consult your vet and make this period a little bearable for your little pal.

How to brush your kitten's teeth

Want to ensure your kitten's dental health? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to properly brush its teeth:

  1. First, introduce your kitten to a toothbrush and toothpaste. Let them sniff and lick it to become familiar with the taste and sensation. Start by allowing them to play with the toothbrush and toothpaste, and gradually move on to brushing.
  2. Gently lift your kitten's lip and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Make sure to reach all surfaces. Use a soft-bristled brush designed for cats and toothpaste formulated for them.

  3. Use a small amount of toothpaste and make sure your kitten doesn't swallow it.

  4. Reward your kitten with a treat or cuddles after each brushing session to make the experience a positive one for them.

  5. Gradually increase the frequency and duration of brushing once your kitten becomes more comfortable with the process. Remember to be patient and gentle when brushing your kitten's teeth as it may take some time for them to get used to it.


Kitten dental care and prevention

Maintaining the dental health of your kitten is crucial for their overall wellbeing. Here are some tips on how to prevent plaque and tartar buildup to keep your kitten's teeth and gums healthy:

  1. Brushing and toothpaste: Regular brushing is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and should be started early. Buy a tube of toothpaste that is specifically formulated for cats as regular toothpaste can be harmful for them. Brushing your kitten's teeth at least two to three times a week can help to remove plaque and tartar and keep its teeth and gums healthy.
  2. Dental wipes, rinses, and pads: Dental wipes or pads can clean your kitten's teeth and gums. In fact, it is a useful alternative to brushing. Dental rinses can also freshen your kitten's breath and kill bacteria

  3. Dental treats: Providing your kitten with dental treats can also keep their teeth clean and healthy. Look for treats formulated to reduce plaque and tartar. Moreover, avoid cat treats that are loaded with sugar.

  4. Regular vet check-ups: It's essential to have regular check-ups with your vet to ensure that your kitten's teeth and gums are healthy. Your vet can also help you identify any issues that may arise and recommend an appropriate course of action.


Maintaining good oral health is essential for a cat’s overall wellbeing; hence, you must establish oral hygiene habits from its early age. Following the steps outlined in this guide can ensure that your kitten's teeth and gums remain healthy and strong throughout its life. Regular brushing, dental treats, and vet check-ups can help keep your kitten's mouth healthy. With your care and attention, your kitten can enjoy a fresh and healthy mouth for many years! Always consult your veterinarian if you have concerns or questions about your kitten's oral health.

Kitten Basics: Taking Care of Your Kitten’s Oral Health
Kitten Basics: Taking Care of Your Kitten’s Oral Health

Frequently asked questions

  1. At what age are kittens teething?
  2. Kittens typically begin teething when they are around 3-4 weeks old. By 6 months of age, a kitten should have a complete set of 30 adult teeth. However, some kittens may take up to 9 months to fully develop their adult teeth.


  3. Do kittens bite a lot when teething?
  4. When kittens are going through the teething process, they may bite more frequently to relieve discomfort and pressure associated with new teeth growing. To help alleviate this behaviour, it is important to provide appropriate chew toys and discourage the biting of hands or other inappropriate objects. It's always best to consult with a veterinarian for further advice.

  5. When should you start brushing the kitten's teeth?
  6. It's recommended to brush your kitten's teeth as soon as they develop adult teeth, i.e. when your pet is around 3-4 months old. However, it's important to consult with a veterinarian first to ensure that you are using the right technique and check your kitten's dental health before starting a regular tooth-brushing routine.


  7. How can I keep my kitten's teeth healthy?
  8. To maintain the oral health of your kittens, it is essential to schedule regular dental check-ups with a veterinarian, brush their teeth every day using toothpaste made for cats, and provide them with toys and treats that promote dental hygiene. Additionally, make sure that they are consuming a diet that supports dental health.

  9. Can I keep my cat's teeth clean without brushing?
  10. Yes, it is possible to maintain your cat's dental hygiene without brushing its teeth. This can be done by giving them hard and crunchy food, providing them with chew toys, and scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings with a veterinarian. Additionally, it is important to keep an eye on your cat's eating habits and address any dental issues as soon as they arise.


  • Your Cat’s Language: What Meows, Chirps and Yowls Mean
    Your Cat’s Language: What Meows, Chirps and Yowls Mean
    Your Cat’s Language: What Meows, Chirps and Yowls Mean

    Listen up, Mom or Dad, because your feline definitely has something to say. Cats use more than 100 different vocal sounds to communicate. Here are nine of the most common sounds you’ll hear and what your cat’s unique language means.



    While your cat’s purrs are usually a sign that they’re happy, comfortable or content, it’s important to point out that your cat might also purr when they are anxious, agitated or sick — because purring soothes them. The key to figuring out if it’s a “worry purr” is to check if their ears are folded back, if they seem tense or if they just aren’t acting normal. (If that’s the case, call the vet and grab the cat carrier.)



    Why do cats meow? It’s simple: It’s their way of communicating with us!

    Meows are your cat’s most common “word,” and every one means something different. For example, your cat might meow to greet you when you come home, to ask you to open your bedroom door so they can curl up on your pillow, or to say, “I’d like some more tasty kibble.


    Chirps and Trills

    Chirps and trills are the loving language of cat mothers. Chirps, or chirrups, are staccato, bird-like sounds mother cats use to say to their kittens, “Follow me.” Trills are higher-pitched chirps your cat uses to say hello or “Pay attention to me.” When your cat directs these sounds at you, chances are they want you to give them some love or follow them somewhere, usually to their food or water bowl. (Shocker, LOL.)

    If you have more than one feline fur baby, listen closely. You’ll likely hear your cats talk to each other with these sounds.



    When your kitty spies an unsuspecting bird or squirrel frolicking outside the window, they might make a chattering sound at it. This distinctive, repetitive clicking noise is caused by a combination of lip smacking and your cat rapidly vibrating their lower jaw. This odd behavior looks like teeth chattering, and a lot of cats also chirp when they chatter.

    This clickety sound is thought to be a mix of predatory excitement and frustration at not being able to get to the elusive feathered or furry prize. Some animal behaviorists even think the sound mimics a fatal bite used to break the bones of their prey. Who knew your li’l feline was so ferocious?!

    Regardless of the exact reason cats chatter or chirp at birds and other small animals, most feline parents find it fascinating and amusing to watch.



    The unmistakable sound of a cat hissing is like a steak hitting a hot skillet, and it can only mean one thing: Your cat feels threatened and will put up a fight if they have to. Just as important as the hissing sound, however, is the cat body language that comes with it. Your cat will flatten their ears, arch their back, puff their fur, twitch their tail and usually open their mouth to flash their fangs — aka the classic defensive pose.


    Snarls and Growls

    In addition to a hiss, if your cat makes a deep, guttural growlsound, they’re saying, “Back off.” Similar to a dog’s growl, this noise means your cat is annoyed, scared or angry. Some cats even make short, higher-pitched snarl sounds before launching into a full-blown growl.

    While these sounds usually signify an unhappy cat, it’s important to note that some cats growl because they’re in pain from an injury or a health problem. If you suspect this is the case, a trip to the vet is in order.

    If your feline snarls or growls at you for any reason, though, it’s best to leave your feisty friend alone.



    A yowl, or howl, is a long, drawn-out meow that almost sounds like moaning; it’s your cat’s way of telling you they’re worried or distressed, or that they need you. They might have gotten locked in a closet, can’t find you anywhere or, heaven forbid, have discovered their food bowl is empty. Your cat might also yowl when they don’t feel well or when a new neighborhood cat trespasses on their turf.

    Whatever the reason, make sure you immediately help your cat whenever you hear a yowl. Trust us — you’ll both be glad you did.


    Your Cat’s Language: What Meows, Chirps and Yowls Mean