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Kitten Development Stages – Pet Tip 249

When we bring a kitten home for the first time to adopt it as a pet, it should be between nine and twelve weeks old. This is so the kitten has a chance to spend time with its mother and so that the kitten becomes socialized with its littermates and learns proper kitten behaviour. But what happens before the kitten comes home? This article will outline some of the important milestones in kittenhood in an effort to familiarize you with some of the stages of kitten development.

Kittens are born blind and deaf and they remain that way for around the first fourteen days of their lives. They use their sense of smell to find their way toward their mothers for nourishment and heat. They really need to stay close to their mothers for these first few weeks as they are unable to regulate their own body temperature. The umbilical cord typically falls off after the first few days of life.

Lisa Tennison
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AK, United States
Cat / DSH
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We adopted Halo in 2003 from the shelter after the death of Kuhio (see Virtual Pet Cemetery). Halo ended up at the shelter soon after giving birth. She was still swollen with milk but no one knows what happened to the kittens. She hadn't been socialized and still doesn't know what kitty treats are and is scared to get on the furniture, but she has stopped ducking her head when you try to pet her and will purr for a few minutes at a time now. She and her sister Cammie are still struggling to see who is going to be the Alpha Cat around the house, but we have hopes that they will get along some day.

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