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How do we not notice when the cats lose their canines?

post #1 of 13
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Both Lily and Smudge would have lost their baby teeth and gotten their adult teeth while we had them, but we never saw any of the teeth. I can understand that the teeth are pretty small, and it would be easy to miss them, but what about the canines??

How do we not notice the kitties don't have any of the big canine teeth? Surely it's kinda painful for them, but they never seem to make a fuss.

Do the adult teeth appear almost immediately after they lose the baby teeth?
post #2 of 13
I once saw a cat lose a tooth. She shook her head a little, and the tooth fell out. She seemed quite nonchalant about it, but I was very worried. Before this, I didn't even know that cats lost their teeth.

I wonder if they don't swallow them?
post #3 of 13
I didn't notice a thing for either of my 2 that I had when they were teething, I think the new ones must grow in quite quick. I'd have certainly noticed with Radar if there'd been any length of toothlessness or if he had both at once, because he always sucks and chews my fingers whenever he can get hold of them!

As for the ones that fall out, I honestly think that most kittens lose and swallow them while they're eating, and there aren't many people fanatical enough about finding them to want to check what comes out the other end that closely!
post #4 of 13
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Dh is worried that Smudge never lost her adult canines because she was always chewing on his fingers or his nose when she was younger, and he thinks he'd notice.

I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have noticed if she missed a day of chewing on his fingers because she'd lost a tooth though...
post #5 of 13
Whenever they lose their kitten canines the adult pair are usually half way out or more. I've been lucky enough to see a kitten with both sets in, it looks very weird!

In all the 20-21 years or so I've had cats, I've never found a kitten tooth.
post #6 of 13
I found all four of Moses'. I still have them. Not really sure what to do with them. I guess that's kinda gross....but people save thier kid's baby teeth....
post #7 of 13
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I found all four of Moses'. I still have them. Not really sure what to do with them. I guess that's kinda gross....but people save thier kid's baby teeth....

I believe they most often swallow them. We were fortunate enough to find one for each Bijou and Mika. Our daughter does scrapbooking and has made scrapbooks for each of the kitties - of course the baby teeth are prominently displayed in the book.
post #8 of 13
I found 6 of Scotty's baby teeth, but none of Oscar's.
post #9 of 13
I never found Forrest's canines after they fell out. But here's a picture of what he looked like with both baby and adult canines at the same time:

Please excuse the food on his lips.
post #10 of 13
Pepper lost one of hers biting Scooter on the butt. I saw it sticking out of his skin, and pulled it out, having no idea it was a tooth when I dropped it on the floor. I forgot about it and my SO found it. I was tending to what was actually a very small puncture wound on Scooter. I had tooth check right then and Pepper is missing one. She is only 3 years old, a littl young to be losing adult teeth. even when Fred got old and his teeth started falling out, his canines never fell out. They were all he had left of his front teeth. He was so cute, my grizzled, threadbare old man with no front teeth.
post #11 of 13
In the past I've found canine teeth on the floor when cleaning.
post #12 of 13
I never found Oreos teeth but do know the days she lost them.
post #13 of 13
I have one of each of my boys teeth. Peace, Bug, Jake, and Worm pratically spit a tooth at me when they were teething.
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