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Just like dogs, felines are born without any teeth. As they age, teeth erupt from front to back. A kitten has a total of 26 teeth which eventually will be lost to be replaced by 30 permanent adult teeth. Kittens teeth are as following: 12 incisors, 4 canines, 10 premolars, and 0 molars. Then the adult teeth are: 12 incisors, 4 canines, 10 premolars, and 4 molars.
Location: Incisors are the front teeth.
Function: Kitten use their incisors for nipping.
Eruption of baby teeth: Incisors erupt around 2 to 3 weeks of age.
Eruption of adult teeth: Permanent incisors erupt around 3 to 4 months of age.
Number: (From the center) There should be 3 in the upper left quadrant, 3 in upper right quadrant, 3 in lower left quadrant, and 3 in lower right quadrant.
Canine or Cuspid
Location: Is the long fanged tooth that is the 4th tooth from the center midline.
Function: Canines are used for puncturing and grasping.
Eruption of baby teeth: Canines erupt around 3 to 4 weeks of age.
Eruption of adult teeth: Permanent canines erupt around 4 to 5 months.
Number: There should be 1 canine in each quadrant (total of 4 canines in the mouth).
Location: Start after the canine tooth.
Function: Are used for gripping, shearing, and grinding.
Eruption of baby teeth: Premolars erupt around 3 to 6 weeks of age.
Eruption of adult teeth: Permanent premolars erupt around 4 to 6 months.
Number: Adult cats have a total of 10 premolars. They have 3 on upper left and 3 on upper right. On the bottom jaw, there are 2 premolar in the left quadrant and 2 premolar in the right quadrant.
Location: the adult molars are right behind the premolar or 4 teeth (premolars) behind canine
Function: Molars are used for shearing and grinding food.
Baby teeth: Kittens do not have molars.
Eruption of adult teeth: The molars erupt around 4 to 5 months of age.
Number: Adult cats have a total of 4 molar. There is one molar in each quadrant