Q. My cats k9 tooth fell out this morning. It doesn't seem like she is in pain or discomfort but the area is swollen. What should I do?

A. If your cat is still a kitten it is possible she is losing her teeth as her adult teeth come in. This is very normal and may make her want to chew on objects a bit more as the adult teeth come in. Keeping her happy and eating should help, and if she is having any trouble, then moistening dry food with a little water or giving a wet food diet should help.

If your cat is an adult and losing teeth, it may indicate a gum issue or other illness which should be looked at by your vet as soon as possible to make sure the other teeth or gums are not badly affected. Until you can get to the vet, a wet food or moistened dry food diet can help keep her eating comfortably with minimal pain. You may want to keep the tooth to have your vet take a look as well.

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