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Littermates, adult teeth, age question

post #1 of 13
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I took two small kittens out of someone's gross house last weekend and cleaned them all up to be adoptable. I believed them to be siblings, they are small, but the exact same size and build. However, I just noticed the female has all her adult teeth in. The male doesn't even have adult teeth poking through or anything, still has all the babies.

So if two kittens are littermates, would they usually be losing their teeth and getting their adult teeth around the same time? Is it common for them to be so drastically different? I guess then to be only about 4 months but now I am not so sure...

See? They are still very kitten-like, in behavior, build, clumziness, etc... but with adult teeth already?
post #2 of 13
Do adult canines come in at around 4 months? I thought so but I'm not sure.

They do look related, but with enough breeding in the same group of cats, I guess you would get different litters looking very much alike.

The female looks about the same size as my (tiny) 9 month old girl. Pixel is 5 lbs, very small but muscular build, if that makes sense. Forgot to add, her sister Paisley is pushing 10 lbs!

I would bet that they are related (same dad or mom or both), but different litters. Based on what you said, the girl could be a small 6 month old and the boy a big 3 month old.

FWIW, the litter of 4 that I've kept together got their teeth at pretty much the same times.

Bless you for saving them.
post #3 of 13
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I just emailed the guy I got them from and he assured m they are from the same litter. But who knows really. I thought cats begin losing their baby teeth at 4 months and don't have all their full adult teeth until closer to 6. I know every cat is different though and there are special circumstances and everything. But the drastic difference is what threw me off.
post #4 of 13
my 3 kittens all got there adult teeth around the same time frame.
but i see what you mean they do look very much the same sort of age.
the female however has something more about her or maybe its because the male still looks a bit scruffy lol. what did the vet reckon?
post #5 of 13
i think mine was about 5 months when they started getting there adult teeth
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by XxtashaxX View Post
my 3 kittens all got there adult teeth around the same time frame.
but i see what you mean they do look very much the same sort of age.
the female however has something more about her or maybe its because the male still looks a bit scruffy lol. what did the vet reckon?
I know what you mean about the female. Her face looks a little more filled out, slightly more mature. But they could very well be the same age. So hard to be sure.
post #7 of 13
I just did a comparison of Charlie (6 months old almost) and Ling (2 yrs old in May). Charlie still has "baby" teeth - they do not look adult looking - they are smaller and sharper then Ling's teeth.

One other thing I noticed - Charlie's fangs have a curve to them - Ling's fangs are almost straight. Is it breed related or has anyone else noticed the different shapes in fangs between their cats?

You also have to keep in mind that they are mixed and more then likely have different fathers - that's why they look different.
post #8 of 13
just had a quick look at 3 of my cats , there fangs are all straight. i will check the others later when there not asleep
post #9 of 13
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kittens have sharp curved fangs and adults have thicker, shorter fangs. the female does look a little more filled out and the male does look more fluffy. I guess I am going by behavior too, they have the kitten clumziness and affection I guess. Hard to explain.

Aren't they cute though?? I love kittens who just LOVE to be in your arms and hugges and getting kisses! They would be perfect with a little girl I think!
post #10 of 13
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kittens have sharp curved fangs and adults have thicker, shorter fangs. the female does look a little more filled out and the male does look more fluffy. I guess I am going by behavior too, they have the kitten clumziness and affection I guess. Hard to explain.

Aren't they cute though?? I love kittens who just LOVE to be in your arms and hugges and getting kisses! They would be perfect with a little girl I think!
Yes, they're adorable! The boy looks ornery, like maybe he just did something naughty right before you snapped the pic.
post #11 of 13
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Yes, they're adorable! The boy looks ornery, like maybe he just did something naughty right before you snapped the pic.
oh here then check out this one!!


haha! he looks dirty doesn't he? Like he really did just get into something!
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haha! he looks dirty doesn't he? Like he really did just get into something!
Yes!! That's great. He looks like he's laughing He's lacking the serious side that his sister has. They're both very sweet.
post #13 of 13
You might be right - I never noticed the curved fangs on my rex kittens tho. If that's the case then Charlie does still have the baby teeth and he'll be 6 months old next week.
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