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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.

Danielle MacDougall
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Tuxedo/Siamese Mix
Date of Birth:
August 15, 2001.
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Black & White
Eye Colour:

Likes: Kisses, Pounce Treats, My Rubber Ducky, Mommy & Daddy.
Dislikes: Being alone, Vaccuum Cleaners, Strangers(they scare me), being brushed.
Pet Peeves: Not being allowed outside to get at the birds, any cat food except beef or chicken pate.
Favorite Toy: My Rubber Ducky!
Favorite Lounging Spot: On the couch in my sunbeam.
Most Embarassing Moment: When the Vet decided to check my temperature... *shiver*
Cherished Moment: When my Mommy picked me out of the cage at the adoption center and took me home to be her baby. She picked me out of 7 other kitties! I feel so special!

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