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Noticed today that my cat wintry has a broken tooth. Pretty sure these are all his permanent teeth too. Do cats have multiple sets of teeth? Like sharks lol
He doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort. Should I be worried? He's almost 1 year old

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Cats and dogs get deciduous teeth when they are young, and as they grow older these fall out at varying times.

They lose their back molars around 4 months of age, followed by the few premolars they have. Then at 5-7 months they lose their canine teeth, both top and bottom.

By 9 months old most cats and dogs have their adult teeth.

Now, having said that, many cats and dogs might retain a baby tooth that is crammed up against an adult tooth.

These can break off, fall out later or have to be pulled out. They must be removed or they will permanently damage the dentition of the pet, and that can lead to problems with chewing and nutritional absorption.

Without seeing a photo, I cannot tell you what's going on with your cat.

The best thing you can do for him is get him in to see the vet as soon as possible.
If he isn't neutered already, this is the perfect age for it and they can remove any remaining baby teeth that are retained at the same time- saving you money and him going under twice.

So call your vet tomorrow and make him an appointment.  

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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Licensed with California and Oregon, RVT and CVT. Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Have over 550 logged hours of Continuing Education Credits(that means I keep up to date!).

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Nominated for Expert of the Month for the last 5 years.

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