My Kitten Lost a Tooth!

January 13, 2009

Family

funny pictures of cats with captions

(I just KNEW I’d find good use of that LOLCat photo someday!)

I was upstairs, tidying up the bedroom and making the bed covers neat. My kitten Livvy loves to play when I do this. She scurries under the covers and I throw the blankets on top. She then mews until I throw them back to reveal her head. Then, she lunges out of the covers and goes racing along the bed perimeter. It takes me FOREVER to make the bed every morning.

Today, as I was fluffing pillows, she seemed to be eating something. Blanket fuzz?? She kept chomping, and POP out came a little tiny.. what the-?… holy cow, it’s a tooth!

Baby Cat Tooth

Needless to say, I freaked a little. Livvy kept smacking her lips (swallowing blood, I guess) and squinting her eyes. Is this normal?!?! I hurried my tidying and came downstairs to the trusty Internet, to ask.

It’s okay. Kittens lose baby teeth just like children do….as you indicated. I’m such a kitty lover that I actually found one of my kitten’s teeth and put it in with my son’s collection of his baby teeth. The age you mentioned is about right for this to happen. If you open the kitty’s mouth, you may notice a few “extra” teeth pushing out old teeth. They will have two rows of teeth for just a while as the new teeth are pushing through. Don’t worry, you actually helped in getting the tooth out so the adult ones can come in. Oh, but you can feed soft food for a day or two to help with chewing…if kitty eats mainly hard food.

I guess it is normal. WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve had kittens before, but I never saw any of them drop teeth. Maybe they always swallowed them? Ewww!

I’m making an appointment this week, to have Livvy spayed (that’s the correct word for a female cat: “spayed.” I finally found this out for sure after 25+ years of being a cat owner, lol). She’s 6 months old, so it’s high time. My county has a very nice program that assists pet owners with the sterilizing of animals. I’m getting a discount– half off– the vet’s bills; the procedure will cost me $59. That’s still a chunk of change, but it’s better than the $120 quote I first got! I will have to get my own cat supplies (analgesic, soft food, etc) but that’s no problem. I can’t wait until this is all over!

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8 Responses to “My Kitten Lost a Tooth!”

  1. Karen Says:

    I had an appointment to get Brody neutered. I canceled it because I just couldn’t justify the $150.00 when I am struggling to pay bills.

  2. Daisy the Curly Cat Says:

    Pssst, Livvy! Put the tooth under your pillow and the tooth fairy might leave you a treat!

  3. Cindy Says:

    Little Livvy’s growing up! I’ve had so many cats and kittens over the years, and I knew they lost their baby teeth but I’ve never found one either. I guess they must swallow them, like you said.

  4. kristin Says:

    Oh my! The tooth would have freaked me out a little too, lol!

  5. *lynne* Says:

    never having had to deal with kittens before, I can safely say I too would have been a bit freaked if I found that tooth! Thanks for sharing, I learned something new today! 🙂

  6. Kristine Says:

    I’ve had several cats/kittens over the years, and I never saw any of them lose teeth either. Great picture!

  7. Mizé Says:

    Hi. Curious…just learned something new. I didn´t know this could hapen either. Poor Livy, probably she was scared too.
    Good Thursday!

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