My brother says his cat only has the four "big sharp " teeth now. What could have happened to the rest of his teeth?

The cat is only three years old. He says the cat is still eating normally and acts healthy.

Asked by Member 973014 on Mar 11th 2010 Tagged dental, teeth, loss in Dental Care
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Freckles (1993-2011)

Some cats get dental disease very young and if his gums were bad his teeth could have fallen out. Often the canines (the 4 big sharp teeth) are the last to be lost as they have very deep roots. Next time he's at the vet for an annual check up or shots your brother should get the vet to check his mouth to make sure everything is OK. Since the teeth fell out on their own there are probably still roots left behind and the remaining canines could be in bad shape and need removing.

Cats are fine withhout their teeth and can eat dry food etc withhout any issues. The only risk is if the roots (especially the canine roots) are left behind and cause a pocket of infection.

Freckles had no teeth when I adopted her but after she'd had repeated sinus infections the vet did a dental xray and we discovered she had a full set of roots. The top right canine root was feeding infection up to her sinuses. We removed that and she's been fine since. The rest caused no problems.

Freckles (1993-2011) answered on 3/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


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Your brother's cat may still be eating, but could be suffering periodontal problems (gums plus teeth). Well, since he's lost most of his teeth, that's guaranteed, but what has caused this problem? Only a vet can tell for sure, and I know from personal experience that vets often have different opinions. In the most severe case, a disease called gingivitis-stomatitis, the last measure of treatment is removing all the cat's teeth, although often retaining the upper and lower fangs. Cats can eat even kibble without their teeth. However, IF it's GS, the cat may have mouth ulcers, which are painful. Since he's eating, this seems unlikely. I'd advise your brother to go to the vet first, and then, if necessary, to a cat dentist. Dental problems can lead to other serious health problems in a cat, and need to be attended to. This is definitely something for a smart vet to figure out. Good luck!

Chibi answered on 3/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer