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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.

Owner:
Kelly Renneboog-Dahmer
City:
Niagara Falls
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
DLH
Date of Birth:
August 7, 2002
Sex:
Female
Height:
10
Weight:
8.5
Coat Colour:
Grey Tabby
Eye Colour:
Green

Smoke is the smallest of our herd... and the loudest.  If you were to hear her growl and hiss at the boys you would swear we had a jaguar!  She had a rough start, was cross-eyed and lost her brother after only being here a week.  But she snuggled right in with her big sister Windy.  She loves to play string and get cuddles on the downstairs carpet as long as you get down and roll around with her.  I love that she is such a picky eater that I have to remove all crumbled food as only whole kibble is satisfactory.  And I love that when I snuggle her close she purrs like a locomotive.  I also love the little coos she does when you approach her to pet her and when she uses the cabinets and windows as her own little treadmill.  And that she has always been and always will be Daddy's girl.

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