the 15 stages of kittens growing up

The 15 Stages of Kittens Growing Up

the 15 stages of kittens growing up
The 15 Stages of Kittens Growing Up

From birth to adulthood, the kitten’s development resembles ours of humans. Here are The 15 Stages of Kittens Growing Up:

  1. The kitten is protected by its mother’s antibodies: At birth, the kitten is immunized by colostrum, a liquid rich in antibodies, which the cat secretes the first three days after giving birth. This immunity lasts 6 to 10 weeks. Then it is replaced by the action of antibodies that the kitten makes by itself. Be careful never to give milk to a kitten. This error could be fatal to him.
  2. A kitten weighs between 90 and 120 g at birth: The kitten barely out of its mother’s womb (after two months of gestation) weighs between 90 and 120 grams. The weight varies from one breed to another and according to the number of kittens in the litter. The more the kittens, the lighter they are. It takes between 5 and 10 grams per day from the first week, then 10 to 20 grams per day and grows regularly until the age of 6 to 7 months, where it reaches on average between 2 and 3.5 kg depending on the races.
  3. The kitten is born deaf and blind: The newborn baby has no teeth. It has folded ears, closed eyes and its claws are not yet retractable. Deaf and blind, it is oriented by touch and, to a lesser extent, smell, barely functional. Fortunately, he can crawl and find his mother’s udders which he is immediately able to suck thanks to a lip reflex!
  4. A kitten cannot regulate its temperature: Until the age of 3 weeks or fourth stage of kittens growing up, the kitten has very little subcutaneous fat. He is unable to regulate his body temperature alone (between 35 and 37 ° C against 38 to 39 ° C from 7 to 8 weeks). Its survival depends entirely on external heat sources, which it detects using temperature-sensitive touch sensors. In practice, he spontaneously turns towards the hot bodies, that of his mother, his brothers, and sisters or towards an infrared lamp.
  5. A kitten sleeps 20 hours a day: Like all babies, the kitten sleeps a lot, often curled up against its brothers and sisters. This sleep is essential. It takes part in the maturation of its brain: while it sleeps, the various nervous circuits develop and are put in place. He needs it to grow well.
  6. The kitten first has gray/blue eyes: Whatever their breed, all kittens have gray/blue eyes until the age of 3 to 4 months. It is only at this age that the pigments give the iris its final color. According to the standards imposed by the LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins), the color of the eyes is orange in the Carthusian, blue in the Siamese or the sacred of Burma, green in the Korat, green, gold, blue or aquamarine in Bengal Kittens.
  7. A kitten doesn’t purr right away: From birth, the kitten calls out to its mother each time it leaves. His vocal repertoire is still very limited compared to that of an adult: he doesn’t know how to purr yet! Fifteen days later, his vocal repertoire is enriched. He will gradually learn how to purr, meow or howl.
  8. At three weeks, the kitten’s senses become more refined: Around the age of 15 to 21 days, his eyes are open and his ears open. The kittens enter a transition phase during which he can see and hear. His sense of smell was also refined during this period. Future predator, the kitten can now follow an odorous flow, and anticipate the trajectory of a prey.
  9. A litter around four to six weeks: Up to the age of one month, the kitten needs its mother to eliminate urine and stool. As long as he cannot walk without staggering, it is she, by licking him, that stimulates his sphincters and allows him to evacuate his bodily waste. From the moment he starts walking, around 4 to 6 weeks, he spontaneously uses the litter.
  10. The kitten takes its first steps towards a month: First, he/she crawls, then stands, sits, staggers. It can move around the age of 1 month. This decisive step opens the way to play, learn to hunt and explore. At around 7 weeks, he runs, jumps, trots and climbs. It alternates phases of great energy expenditure and deep sleep time.
  11. The kitten loses its baby teeth from three months: A kitten’s baby teeth grow between 2 and 6 weeks, first the incisors, then the fangs and the premolars. It is around this time when they start to eat solid foods, before his small pointed teeth hurt, this is called weaning. Its teeth fall out and are renewed between 3 and 5 months in the same chronological order, with, in addition, the appearance of the molars in the bottom of the mouth. At around 6 months, he has 30 permanent teeth.
  12. At three months, kitten’s hair thickens: At 3 months, his baby coat disappears in favor of a denser and fuller coat. But according to its race, the color of its dress could still evolve for several months, after a few moults. The dark parts of the Siamese do not settle for example until the age of 1 year, while the characteristic spots of the Bengal kittens sometimes do not get their final forms until 2 years.
  13. Between three and six months, he controls all his muscles: Autonomous for one month, the kitten is now interested in the game. They are only pursuit races, simulacra of fights, manipulation of objects. He multiplies experiences; they allow him to improve his predator skills and strengthen the control of his muscles.
  14. Kitten puberty appears around 6-7 months: If he still lives with his mother, he detaches himself emotionally. With the appearance of the first heat in the female and urinary marking in the male, the kitten enters the phase of adolescence and puberty. He is not yet an adult but he is physiologically capable of reproducing.
  15. The kitten becomes an adult around 18 months: The kitten’s physical, emotional and psychological development ends on average around 18 to 24 months, depending on the breed. But there are always exceptions which vary with the size of the cat: a Siamese kitten which is quite small becomes an adult long before Maine Coon kittens very large, which does not finish its growth until the age of 2 to 3 years!

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