As I mentioned in my previous post, the night before hurricane Irma was due, after the veterinarians and even the nearby veterinary emergency center had closed for the storm, Cupcake started acting strangely. She would play as normal, but whenever she wasn’t distracted, she would make funny faces and paw her own mouth.
Since she eats raw food that includes ground bone, my first thought was she had a bone chip between her teeth. There wasn’t going to be any professional help figuring this out, so I had to take a look myself.
Cupcake: I don’t want to open up!
After some false starts since Cupcake really, really didn’t want to open up, we spotted blood all around the base of one of her premolars. That got us in the right general area to try to figure out what was going on.
The next step was to try to get a better look at that tooth to see if there was a piece of ground bone stuck next to it. Before we could do that, Cupcake shook her way free of the unwelcome attention.
Then she spit something onto the ground. On closer inspection, it was her tooth!
Cats start to lose their primary teeth around 1 weeks, and they finish with their adult teeth around week 24. Cupcake is right around 24 weeks, so this should be the last of premolars to fall out.
Cupcake stopped pawing at her mouth and obviously felt better as soon as the loose tooth was out of her mouth, so there want’s any need for her to go to the vet after all. All’s well that ends well, and we won’t forget about kitten baby teeth again!
Have you ever seen your kitty’s baby teeth fall out?
Research and further reading: DVM 360: Tooth eruption andexfoliation in dogs and cats