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Cats: Teeth

© written by Tasha Guenther

Beware, cats have very sharp teeth! Even the common domestic cat has sharp enough teeth to pierce through skin. Most cats have 30 teeth in total: 14 in the lower jaw and 16 in the upper. 

The most important teeth for a cat are its 4 canines (the very long, sharp teeth) and its 4 molars in the back of the mouth. 

 

Unlike humans, cats cannot chew their food!

This is because their molars are not flat – instead of crushing their food (like humans and other mammals), they basically cut it up.