Recently, I noticed my Bengal kitten missing a tooth and it got me worried. So, I did some research and was astonished to find out that she was teething!
When do Bengal Kittens lose their teeth? Bengal kittens start losing their teeth around 11 months after their birth. This process usually begins from their incisors. This is known as one of the most important milestones for Bengal Cats.
Just like us humans, Bengal cats have baby teeth and adult teeth! Let’s explore these two in detail.
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The Process of Bengal Kittens Losing their Teeth
Type of Teeth that falls
Between 11 weeks and 4 months
Between 4 and 5 months
Between 5 and 6 months
Over 1 year old
Bengal cats are toothless when they are born and they start to gain their baby teeth after two to six weeks.
Initially, their tiny incisors are the first ones to push through their tiny mouths when they are roughly 14 days old. That is followed by canines and then premolars, each one of them after two weeks. It is then around the 11th week that Bengal cats start losing their teeth.
Bengal cats have 26 baby teeth, also known as milk or deciduous teeth. They don’t have molars but on each side of their upper and lower jaw, there are three premolars, one canine, and three incisors.
The adult teeth of Bengal cats are permanent teeth and are replaced by baby teeth.
Changes that Show that Bengal Cat is Losing Teeth
Cats owners may fail to observe that their kitten is losing teeth until adult teeth come into notice! Well, I have listed some signs to look for that can help to identify the signs of your Bengal Cats teething:
- Change in behavior
- Signs of eating problems
- Bleeding from mouth
Let’s explore the following in detail:
Change in Behavior
If you see that your Bengal kitten has stopped playing and has become quieter, then it is alarming. Such sudden changes should be taken into account especially if your kitten starts biting its toy or random objects as this can be a sign of its gums soaring and the start of her process of losing teeth.
Signs of Eating Problems
During the process of losing teeth, gums and mouth gets sore. So, your kitten may stop eating food, be reluctant to eat or may eat it in a strange way.
In such scenarios, canned food or food that is soft in texture should be given to them to help them during this process.
Bleeding from the Mouth
It is one of the most obvious signs that show that your kitten is in the process of losing teeth. During this time, Bengal kittens should be taken care of and if the gums are constantly bleeding, then the kittens should be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
Tips to Survive and Ease the Teething Period
There are certain tips that I would love to share with you all, that can help you during the teething of your Bengal Kitten:
- As adorable as it looks and feels, don’t let your kittens nibble on your fingers or toes as they may be doing it to drive away the teething pain. It is important to divert their attention by giving them a chew toy so that it doesn’t develop into a habit in future.
- When giving chew toys to your Bengal Kitten during teething, try to give chilled chew toys as it helps in soothing sore gums.
- Even though daily brushing is essential, but during the teething period, avoid brushing their teeth as it may be painful for your kitten. Also, they might end up associating their dental pain with brushing that may lead to problems in brushing in future.
- Keep a daily gentle check of your kitten’s baby teeth to make sure they don’t fall out, and also to make sure that there isn’t any kind of misalignment or overcrowding.
What Other Problems that can Arise as a Result of Losing Teeth
There are several problems that can arise during the process of losing teeth. it is important to notice the following things listed below:
- Ensure that their baby teeth are completely falling out rather than adult teeth just growing next to them as it can result in adult teeth coming out crooked. In such cases, it is important to pay a visit to the vet for extraction to make enough room for adult teeth because it may be painful for the kitten.
- Make sure that malocclusion (misalignment of teeth) doesn’t happen. This can happen if the different sides of the jaw of Bengal cat grow at different rates. This can cause pain and infections while chewing food. Therefore, a vet can solve the problem through extraction.
How to Take Care of Bengal’s Kitten Teeth?
Taking care of teeth is as important as taking care of your kitten. Take care of them by following the steps listed below:
- As soon as baby teeth are visible, start the routine of brushing them and that too, regularly. It is advised not to use a toothpaste at this stage as it might be harsh for their tiny sensitive stomachs.
- During the period of the first 11 months, make sure you brush with care as during this period there are higher chances of teeth falling. Hence, harsh brushing may result in their teeth coming out forcefully.
- Keep a constant check of the soreness of gums and mouth as it can indicate if your Bengal kitten is near the process of teeth falling.
- During the teething process, provide teething toys such as chew toys, give wet and soft food to your kitten so that it helps in minimizing teething pain.
- Lastly, when they start getting their adult teeth, it is highly recommended that you use a cat suited toothbrush and a toothpaste. Such toothpastes have cat-favorite flavors they don’t affect their immune system even if they swallow it.
What should I do if my Bengal Kitten is Teething? During teething, you might notice your kitten biting its toys, chewing carpets or things to drive away the teething pain and the soreness. To avoid this, there area variety of teething toys that are available for kittens to help them alleviate teething pain, and if the pain is still unmanageable, then a visit to a vet is highly commended.
How can I keep an eye on my Bengal cat’s baby teeth falling out? If you are afraid that you may miss out the most important milestone of your little one, then I would recommend you to keep a regular check on its teeth, including regular brushing and weekly visits to the vet.
Are there chances of dental diseases to develop during teething? Daily brushing is highly recommended to ensure that your Bengal kitten does not develop any kind of chronic dental infection. There are less chances of infection.While they still have milk teeth but preventive care is still required. Furthermore, dental diseases are likely to start with food residue that builds up on the teeth resulting in gum infection and tooth rots. Therefore, weekly visits to the vet can help to eliminate all kind of chances of having a dental infection.
What is the best time to get my Bengal cat teeth checked? There is no right or wrong time, but better safe than never. However, it is highly recommended to get their teeth checked during your visits for spaying and neutering, which is usually between 6 to 8 months and hence it is considered to be the best time for a dental check-up too.
Are Bengal cats good for beginners? Bengal cats are known to be a unique breed. Due to their wild looks, they have gained popularity. They are not only curious, but highly intelligent cats with a friendly personality. They are amazing family pets so they are highly recommended for beginners. There are, however, certain factors that should be considered while buying or adopting a Bengal cat.This includes their breed quality, color, and pattern.
On the other hand, it should also be noted that they are attention seekers, are noisy, have strong prey drive, and it may be hard to break their territory-marking habits, so keeping other pets with them may not be a good idea!