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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.

Maggie Barron
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Maine Coon Type (mix)
Date of Birth:
April 25, 2000
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Coat Colour:
brown, black, tan, white
Eye Colour:

Rothy was adopted by my friend/roommate (now boyfriend) July 16, 2000 and he lived the first 6 monthes of his life as an indoor-only cat in downtown Ottawa in a house with a huge group of 19-21 year olds. He was (and still is) the cutest kitten I have ever seen and had the cutest personality! He used to get really hyper and go sliding across the coffee table and fall off, and while washing the dishes he'd come running and 'latch onto' my back with his claws and climb until he was up on my shoulder (he loved to watch). The strangest habit he had was nibbling on my earlobes while kneading my neck and purring! He ended -up being adopted my my parents in October 2000, as became an indoor-outdoor cat living in the rural Ottawa area (Munster). He came home one day in April 2001 with a broken leg (we have no idea how it happened), but luckily it healed perfectly. He went to play in the back field with the other cats on the morning of October 24, 2002.........and never came home again! I have tried EVERYTHING to try to find him, I even called animal bylaw to be 100% sure he wasn't hit on the road, and went searching 3-4 km into the back fields accepting that I may be looking for a dead body. I went to the Ottawa Humane Society every second day for just over a year looking for him and we still put posters up in the nearby towns. He is/was my perfect angel cat and I miss him more than anything!! I just hope that wherever he went that he's happy and not suffering (whether he's dead or has been adopted by another family). Rothy I love you and miss you!!

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