Whether you are adopting at 8 weeks old or caring for kittens from your adult cat, you will have to deal with teething. Luckily, there are plenty of great teething toys available for your furry friend. Read our Webster, TX, animal hospital‘s blog post to find out what kitten teething toys are the best.
Kittens & Teething
Just like human babies, kittens go through teething. Their baby teeth first come in when they are two to eight weeks old. During this time, you will want a softer teething toy as these are the first teeth.
Kittens start teething again at about three months. This time it will last until they are about six to eight months old. Once all their adult teeth are in, the teething will stop.
You can tell when your kitten is entering a teething stage if they show any or all of the following symptoms:
- They don’t want you to touch their face
- They are showing discomfort when you touch their face
- They may be eating less
- They may seem grumpy or cranky
- Your kitten is chewing things
- Your kitten keeps rubbing their face
- Your kitten isn’t grooming as much as they used to
- You notice that their gums are bleeding
Kitten Teething Timeline
Baby teeth begin to emerge
Canines and premolars emerge
All baby teeth are present
Baby teeth start falling out
Incisors come in
Canine teeth come in
Molars and premolars come in
All adult teeth are present
Top 16 Toys for Teething Kittens
Here we have 16 of the most popular teething toys for kittens. Some of these toys can be placed in the fridge or freezer. The cold will sooth your kitten’s mouth. Cloth toys will need to be damp before they are placed in the fridge or freezer.
1. Emours Catnip Stick Teeth Grinding Chew Toy
This teething toy is unique. It is made from wood. While it is durable and the smell is attractive to most cats and kittens, you will want to watch for splintering.
2. Kong Hugga Wubba Cat Toy
This plushy teething toy is a beloved option. Kittens love the crinkle sounds when they play with it. Like all Kong toys, this soft plushy will stand up to severe chewing. The Hugga Wubba is filled with catnip to draw the attention of your sweet kitty.
3. Kong Kickeroo Cat Toy
This teething toy has both catnip and crinkle paper to entertain your kitten. The long shape allows your kitten to chew and kick at the same time.
4. Kong Refillable Turtle Catnip Toy
This Kong toy is filled with catnip and can be refilled when the catnip goes stale. It is shaped like a turtle and is soft but durable.
5. Kong Teddy Bear Toy with Catnip
This teddy bear shaped plush toy is filled with catnip and makes a delightful crinkle sound that entertains cats and kittens of all ages. Like all Kong toys, this teething toy is durable.
6. Leaps & Bounds Little Paws Teething Mouse Kitten Toy
This cute teething toy is both a soft plush and has durable ears for chewing. The mouse is filled with catnip which crinkles when your cat chews.
7. Leaps & Bounds Little Paws Teething Ring
This teething toy is a durable ring-shaped toy that has ribbons with pompoms on the end. Kittens will love to chew and play with this teething ring.
8. Orca Wiggle Worm Cat Toy
This teething toy is made out of non-toxic plastic that is infused with catnip. The catnip scent will fade and you will want to spray it with some catnip spray to make it fresh again.
9. Petstages Catnip Rolls
These teething toys are simple and filled with catnip. They are soft and durable. The crinkle of the catnip stimulates your kitten and keeps their attention.
10. Petstages Catnip Chew Mice
These popular toys are soft, durable, and filled with catnip. They are small and perfect for young kittens.
11. Petstages Catnip Plaque Away Pretzel
This teething toy has a unique shape that gives kittens a lot of different angles to chew on. Not only is this toy great for teething, it is also great for helping keep your cat’s teeth clean.
12. Petstages Dental Cat Chew Toy with Catnip
This teething toy is soft but durable. It is filled with catnip which will delight your kitten. They come in a number of different shapes. They often have ribbons attached to entertain your kitten.
13. Petstages Dental Kitty Chew Wheel
This teething wheel is one of the most popular. The ribbons attached to the ring add a playfulness that kittens will love. The ring is made out of a durable material that makes it perfect for kittens.
14. Petstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick
This teething toy gives your kitten fresh, minty breath. It is filled with a cat safe mint. The herbs inside give this toy a crinkle to attract your kitten’s attention.
15. Pet Life Blue Totty-Chew Plush and Rubber Squeaking Teething Toy
This toy is unique because it is a chew toy, plushy, and squeaky toy. It’s perfect for playing, chewing, and cuddling.
16. Spot Atomic Bouncy Ball Cat Toy
These come in packs of two. The toy is a bouncy ball that resembles an atom. The soft curves give your kitten plenty of texture when they are chewing. You can throw these fun toys and watch your kitten chase them down.
Keeping Toys Interesting
There are a few things you can do to make sure you keep toys interesting for your kitten. The first is to put away kitten toys. Only keep a few out at a time.
Rotate the toys that are available to your kitten. When one comes out, put another away. You will want to do this every day or every other day.
For catnip toys, you will want to replace the catnip if possible. If it is not possible to replace the catnip, you can spray the toy with catnip spray.
Have More Questions About Kitten Teething Toys? Let Our Webster, TX, Animal Hospital Know
Make sure to have a variety of toys available to keep your kitten distracted and to prevent them from chewing furniture or clothing. With these 16 kitten teething toys you will have plenty of options to entertain your kitten.
If you need additional information about kitten teething toys, be sure to let our Webster, TX, veterinarian know during your cat’s next visit. To schedule your cat’s next visit, give us a call at (281) 486-1509.