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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.

Carol G
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Domestic Shorthair
Date of Birth:
March 9, 2005
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Black & White Bi-colour (tuxedo)
Eye Colour:

Peanut is a very laid back, curious and friendly cat.
She loves a warm lap and caressing hands and enjoys cuddling up in bed on top of her favourite people. She delights in helping to manage the house. Some of her favourite chores are assisting with paper work or reading (by sitting on top of the material), or going into cupboards (to demonstrate where things ought to be). She has taken an active role in ruling the household! She travels well, can tolerate a bath, lets us brush her teeth, will humour us by wearing a hat and letting us snap a photo and enjoys being spoiled!She will meow to be petted, played with, fed and reassured
Aggression: Never observed towards adults and children (and my nephew has tried to sit on her). She has given the occasional love bite but is very gentle. She appears to be fine with other cats (does a lot of sniffing around). She was around a hostile cat once, Bailey my parents 7 lb, 18 years old, tiny tabby cat who chased her under a table in a corner and looked at her like she was insane.
Fears or dislikes: Vacuums or other loud noises (if she hears a vacuum she will hide in or under something)
Playtime: Plays with fur mice (sometimes fetches), pom poms, balls, jumps at feather wands, chases laser light. Her favourite game is playing hide & seek. She hides in the long box that her scratching post came in (she uses it more than her post), waits for a fur mouse to be thrown and then runs after it.
~ Penelope can’t have any organza, tulle or ribbon she will eat it with a crazed look in her eyes…she thinks she’s a goat in a cat suit!

Medi-Cal® Feline Preventive Formula
¼ cup or 25 grams twice a day

Medi®-Treats Up to 12 a day
enzadent Oral Care Chews for Cats
(if we haven’t been able to brush her teeth)
Evsco Laxatone (hairball removal): ¼ - ½ tsp 2-3 times a week: we have to wipe it on her paw
Catnip is a well loved treat
Water: Culligan reverse osmosis is what we use at home but she really isn’t that picky, she has been known to drink tap water from the faucet and bubbles from a bubble bath. She has a fountain at home.
Fur: Daily combing or brushing because she enjoys it. She tolerates the occasional bath.
Teeth: She lets us brush her teeth daily with enzadent Enzymatic Toothpaste: Poultry Flavour but would never expect anyone else to try. If we are unable to brush her teeth we give her an Enzadent Oral Care Chews for Cats.
Nails: Her front and back nails are clipped weekly or bi-weekly.
Pets & Scratches: Ears and under her chin and a gentle scratch on the small of her back near her tail.
Sleeping: She sleeps on our bed, window, cat bed, computer, hammock, floor and sofa.

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