Dental Anatomy of Cats
Cats are obligate carnivores, although pet cats consume a lot of plant material if they are fed dry cat food. None of the teeth of cats, including their molars, have grinding surfaces; they clearly evolved to eat "meat". Dogs also are carnivores, but do have grinding surfaces on their molar teeth.
|Deciduous||3 1 3
3 1 2
|= 13||Permanent||3 1 3 1
3 1 2 1
|Incisors||3 - 4 weeks||3.5 - 5.5 months|
|Canine||3 - 4 weeks||5.5 - 6.5 months|
|Premolars||6 weeks||4 5 months|
|Molars||5 - 6 months|
The following images demonstrate feline dental anatomy using the skull of a mountain lion. Mountain lions have the same dental formula as domestic cats.
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Author: Melissa Rouge
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