One safe option for a chew toy is a cold wet washcloth, which provides an outlet for excessive chewing and relieves some of the tenderness. Commercially available kitten chew toys are another option, including rubber or soft plastic-based toys that are easy to chew and toys that you can put in the refrigerator. To keep your kitty safe, you should stay with them while they play with it, always follow the toy's directions, keep an eye out for damage and immediately discard damaged toys.
Your kitty may try to chew on furniture legs or electrical cords. This behavior can be damaging to your belongings but, more importantly, may put your cat in harm's way. "To prevent accidental injury from destructive chewing, cover electrical cords and wires with protective plastic covers," advised experts at Your Cat. They also suggest placing double-sided tape on areas you want to protect from your kitten's razor-sharp teeth.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene for Kittens
Dental and gum diseases are common in cats but by investing in your kitty's oral health when they're young, you can help prevent some of these issues down the line.
For starters, establishing a dental care routine with regular checkups and teeth brushing — but after the teething cycle, to avoid additional discomfort — may keep health care costs down and issues like gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth resorption at bay. Teething kittens may prefer canned food or kibble soaked in water if their gums are sore. Once they reach adulthood you can consider feeding them cat food formulated to promote good oral health.
Your kitty may not handle the teething process well, so make sure you show them lots of love, support and patience as these new teeth settle in place.