Cat Losing a Tooth: What can you do about this?

Cat losing a tooth can be a concerning experience for any pet owner. But it’s important to know that it’s a common occurrence in younger cats. In this article, we’ll answer some common questions about cat tooth loss and provide some tips on what to do if your cat loses a tooth.

Is it normal for a cat losing a tooth?

It is normal for cats to lose their baby teeth, just like humans. However, if an adult cat losing a tooth is not normal and can be a sign of an underlying issue.

There are four types of teeth in cats: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. The incisors are located in the front of the mouth and are used for biting and grooming. Canines are located next to the incisors and are used for grabbing and tearing. It are the long pointy ones. Premolars and molars are used for grinding, chewing and cutting off meat from bones. . 

cat losing a tooth because kitten teeth are being replaced by permanent teeth.

The incisors, canines and premolars are also there when your cat is a tiny kitten. They erupt when your kitten is about 2 weeks old. It is normal that they come loose in order to make place for the adult teeth. The kitten jaw doesn’t have any molars. They will first erupt at the age of 4-6 months. 

Causes of cat losing a tooth

There are several reasons why a cat is losing a tooth. It’s important to know the causes so that you can take appropriate action.

Kitten with a loose tooth

Just like humans, cats can also lose teeth as they age. This is a natural process and is typically not a cause for concern. However, it’s important to monitor your cat’s dental health as they age to ensure that any issues are addressed promptly. Kittens start to lose their baby teeth at around 12-16 weeks of age. The adult teeth begin to grow in at that time. By the time the kittens are 6 months old, most cats will have all of their adult teeth. However, some breeds may take up to 9 months to fully develop their adult teeth.

Dental Disease

One of the most common reasons for cat losing a tooth is dental disease. This can be caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. If left untreated, these conditions can cause tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. Cats can also get some kind of caries. Teeth in this case also can get very bad and fall out. 


Cats can also lose a tooth due to injury. This can happen if your cat gets into a fight or falls from a height. Vehicle accidents also may cause a loose tooth. A tooth may be broken or knocked out in the process.

A cat is losing a tooth so he is being examined by a veterinarian.

When do you go to the vet if your cat is losing a tooth?

If you notice that your cat is losing a tooth, it is important to bring them to the vet for a checkup if they are older than one year of age. By then all the kitten teeth should have been exchanged for permanent teeth. A loose tooth therefore is always abnormal if the cat is older then a year. Your vet can determine the underlying cause of the tooth loss and provide treatment options to prevent further damage. If the tooth is really very loose they will just take it out with a short pull. If they are not loose enough it is necessary to put your cat under anesthesia in order to relieve them from the pain they feel caused by the loose tooth. They can also provide a painkiller for your cat. 

When do cats lose their kitten teeth?

This proces is already shortly discussed earlier in the text. We now explain it more in depth. 

Cats, like humans, have baby teeth that eventually fall out to make room for their adult teeth. The process of losing a baby tooth is known as teething. Kittens start to get their baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, at around 2-4 weeks of age. At an age of about 12 weeks old they start to exchange their baby teeth for permanent teeth. By the time they are 6-7 months old, they will have all their adult teeth, which includes 30 teeth in total. The permanent teeth are much bigger and stronger than the baby teeth. 

During the teething process, kittens may experience some discomfort and may try to chew on objects to relieve it. It’s important to provide appropriate chew toys for your kitten to help alleviate their discomfort and prevent them from chewing on inappropriate items. Especially if it can kill them. 

Pet owners may notice that their kittens are losing their baby teeth by finding small, sharp teeth around their home. This is a normal process and nothing to be concerned about. But most owners don’t even notice anything at all. However, if a kitten is experiencing excessive pain or bleeding during the teething process, it’s important to bring them to a veterinarian for a checkup. Additionally, if an adult tooth appears to be taking too long to come in, or if a baby tooth doesn’t fall out as it should, it’s important to consult with a veterinarian to ensure there are no underlying issues. A persistent baby tooth needs to be extracted since they will cause gigivitis. This in turn will damage the adult tooth. 

A kitten cat is losing a tooth due to normal exchange of teeth.

What to do if your kitten cat is losing a tooth

If you notice that your kitten is losing a tooth, there are several things you can do to help them through the process.

First you may want to switch your cat to a soft food diet for a few days to help them eat comfortably while their tooth is loose or falling out. 

If your cat seems to be in discomfort or is having difficulty eating, you may want to start give him something for the pain. Only for just a couple of days. If your kitten is in severe pain you should visit a veterinarian. 

If your kitten is just losing his kitten teeth you can help him by giving him toys that he can safely bite and chew on. Most cat’s love Matatabi sticks in this case. 

It’s important to seek veterinary care if your cat’s tooth loss is accompanied by other symptoms, such as persistent bleeding, swelling, or a foul odor from the mouth. These could be signs of an infection or other serious dental issue that requires treatment.

In general, the key to managing a cat’s tooth loss is to stay vigilant and take steps to promote healing and comfort. With a little bit of extra care, your furry friend will be back to their happy, healthy self in no time.

Should i be worried that my adult cat lost a tooth?

As a pet owner, it can be concerning to notice that your adult cat has lost a tooth. While it may not always be a cause for alarm, there are some instances when you should be worried. Your cat can live a perfect life with less teeth, but you do want to prevent other teeth to fall out if possible. That’s why it’s important to know the cause of a loose tooth.

If your cat is young, losing a baby tooth is normal and not a cause for concern. However, if your cat is an adult and loses a permanent tooth, it may be a sign of dental disease, injury, or dental tartar. It’s important to monitor your cat’s teeth regularly and look for any signs of problems that can be a cause for tooth loss or other dental issues.  This means things like a bad breath, swollen gums, inflamed gums, tartar or difficulty eating.

Untreated tooth loss can lead to serious consequences for your cat’s overall health. Infections can develop in the gums or teeth and spread to other parts of the body, causing systemic infections like kidney problems. Additionally, cats may have difficulty eating or chewing properly due to the pain. Leading to malnutrition and weight loss.

If you notice that your cat has lost a tooth, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian can perform a thorough dental examination and recommend appropriate treatment options to prevent further tooth loss and ensure your cat’s overall health and well-being.

Cat losing a tooth does eat better if wet food is given.

Can cats lose their canine teeth?

Yes, cats can lose their canine teeth. Canine teeth are the long, pointy teeth that are located at the front corner of a cat’s mouth. These teeth are important for a cat’s ability to catch and hold prey. As cats age, their teeth may become loose or damaged, leading to the loss of one or more teeth, including their canine teeth. But canine teeth have a long and strong root so these teeth do not come loose easily. 

In some cases, cats may lose their canine teeth as a result of dental disease or injury. Dental disease can cause the gums to recede, leading to loose teeth that may eventually fall out. Trauma to the mouth or face, such as a fight with another animal, or a car accident can also result in the loss of a cat’s teeth, including their canines.

It is important for pet owners to monitor their cat’s dental health and seek veterinary care if they notice any signs of tooth loss or other dental problems. A cat that has lost a tooth, including a canine tooth, may experience difficulty eating or may be more prone to infections in the mouth.

In some cases, a veterinarian may recommend removing a cat’s canine teeth if they are causing dental problems or if they have become loose or damaged. However, this is typically only done as a last resort and other treatments will usually be tried first.

cat with big canine teeth. These canine teeth do not come loose easily.

Is it normal for an old cat to lose teeth?

As cats age, it is not uncommon for them to lose teeth. In fact, it is estimated that by the time a cat reaches 10 years old, they may have already lost several teeth. This is because, like humans, cats can develop dental issues as they age, such as gum disease or tooth decay. These issues can cause teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. This is a painfull proces so it is best to avoid it. 

While some degree of tooth loss may be normal for an old cat, it is important to monitor your cat’s dental health and seek veterinary care if necessary. Tooth loss can be prevented in most of the cases! Untreated dental issues can cause pain, difficulty eating, and even lead to more serious health problems, such as infections that can spread to other parts of the body.

To help prevent dental issues in your aging cat, it is important to provide them with regular dental care, such as brushing their teeth or providing dental treats. Additionally, feeding them a balanced diet suitable for good dental health and taking them for regular check-ups with their veterinarian can help catch and treat any dental issues before they become more serious.

How to prevent a loose tooth in a cat?

Of course loose tooth in kittens don’t need to be prevented. But when a cat gets older you can keep an optimal dental health. You can do this by providing a good diet that prevents tartar formation. 

In addition, if your cat allows it, you can brush your cat’s teeth daily. This helps very well against the formation of tartar and thus against the problem for your cat losing a tooth. 

You can also add substances to the drinking water that prevent the formation of tartar on the teeth. This will of course also prevent teeth from falling out.

The chance for your cat losing a tooth due to a fight with another cat can be largely prevented by having your cat neutered. 

Hopefully this text has answered your question about your cat losing a tooth. If you are still in doubt, please contact your vet. They can give you advice specifically for your cat.

cat blinking while licking his teeth after solving the fact that he is losing a tooth.