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When A Kitten Becomes A Cat

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When A Kitten Becomes A Cat. Being a cat lover and having 9 cats to care for, those furbabies somehow play a very big part in my daily routine. I always make sure that they are fed and watered and their litter boxes are cleaned before I can start focussing on my work.

My oldest cat is almost 8 years old. He is a male and is called Piki. While the youngest, a female named Bubu is only 3 months old. The others are Tuffylili, Kitty Girl, Short Tail, Fatty Girl, Bella Donna, Baby and Snorty. I would share more about my furbabies in my future post.

When A Kitten Becomes A Cat

How Fast Does A Kitten Becomes A Cat

Have you ever wondered how long does it take for an adorable kitten to grow up into a cute cat? Well, here is how

When a kitten is born, it is very fragile, tiny and almost helpless. It can’t hear sounds and it also can’t see anything. After a kitten is born, the mother would usually lick it to clean it up. Avoid interfering because a mother cat likes to do everything her way.

A Cute Kitten
This Is Bubu at 7 weeks old

Since it can’t hear or see, a kitten depends on its sense of smell to find its way to its mother. The mother would start feeding her kitten with her milk even though there are more tiny kittens for her to give birth to.

The tiny kitten would usually snuggle to its mother to keep warm. What you can make sure is that the mother is comfortable during the whole delivery process. She would love a private space for her to be with her kittens. A large box (cat’s love boxes) or some clean and comfy cloth would make her feel safe and comfortable.

When A Kitten Is 2 Weeks Old

Once the kitten is about 2 weeks old, it would be able to open its eyes and start to hear sounds around it. A kitten’s eyes are always blue but as they grow older, their eyes would change colour. During this time, the kitten would continue growing.

A few days or a week later, the kitten has already started to take its first steps. This is usually when a kitten starts exploring its surrounding areas. The kitten’s steps are still not very stable so you would notice that it would be struggling a bit to keep its balance.

When A Kitten Is 1 Month Old

By now you would notice that the kitten has already started playing with its siblings. Usually, it looks more like a fight rather than playing. It’s not that they hate each other but they are actually practising their survival skills under the watchful eye of their mother.

If the mother cat uses a litter box, then a kitten would also be able to learn from her to use the tray. Unfortunately for kittens without a mother, you might have to guide it to use the litter box. Don’t get annoyed or avoid scolding the kitten if it makes a mess by the side of the litter box. It is just a baby learning everything from scratch.

A Cute Persian Cat
This Is Tuffylili.

By now usually, the kitten will start learning to eat solid food. So make sure you prepare the right type of food for your kitten. It would also try to take its mother’s food so make sure she has enough for herself too.

You would notice that the kitten has started to groom itself. That is another skill that is self-taught under the watchful eyes of mama cat. Cats are clean beings, so you can see them cleaning themselves quite often.

When A Kitten Is 2 To 3 Months

At this age, a kitten is already independent and is also very playful. At this age, it is suitable to adopt the kitten. However not every kitten are alike. Some grow up faster while others still need more time.

Piki
This is Piki

When A Kitten Is 6 Months Old

By now the kitten is already a young cat. Its eyes would change colour either green, orange, yellow or even light blue. Kittens are usually very playful at this age and very active. The kitten’s fur would also be thick and glossy with good care and the right diet.

When A Kitten Is 1 Year Old

The kitten is now a mature and adult cat. By now the kitten would have grown to its full size. Male cats are usually a bit bigger than female cats. By this time you can feed your cat with food that is suitable for adult cats. It’s best to feed a cat with both dry and wet food. And always prepare a bowl of clean water for your cat to drink.

At this age, cats become less playful but are usually still active and love to hunt. But no matter it is an adult cat or a kitten, cats usually love attention and affection though at times they do pretend like they are not interested.

That’s how fast A Kitten Becomes A Cat. Do you have any kittens or cats at home?

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23 Comments

  1. What a great step-by-step guide for first-time cat parents! I so wish we could have cats again, but we’ve all developed allergies 🙁 …

    1. karenmonica says:

      Better not to have a cat when you have allergies 🙁

  2. I am truly a pet lover. I have a dog, have fish and had a bird. I have always been afraid of cats due to trauma as a kid. I got scratched im the eye. I will never forget this. This was enlightening to read.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Oh, no..you poor thing 🙁

  3. I’ve almost always had a cat. Our current one, Snowflake, is a rescue. Her momma brought her and three others onto our porch one cold night, walked away, and this one didn’t follow. After crying for momma for thirty minutes I couldn’t stand it and brought her in. We had to teach her a lot so it was a learning curve, but now she’s going on 9 years old. I love cats but we can only do one at a time because of allergies.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow 9 years, that’s a long time. Such a lucky kitten since you decided to adopt it. Yes, kittens without their mother do need some help from humans to look after them.

  4. I guess I always assumed cats aged like dogs, but I guess they age a lot faster! Very interesting post – what sweet little kittens 🙂

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes during the first year, they do aged a lot faster.

  5. This is such great information about kittens. I have never raised a kitten so this definitely helps in considering getting one.

    1. karenmonica says:

      It’s actually quite easy to raise a kitten especially if it is already a couple of months old.

  6. Christa says:

    My son wants a kitten so badly! We already have a few let’s so we’ll have to wait a bit.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Kids always loved kittens 🙂

  7. We always had cats when I was younger… This is a really useful guide as to how they age!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Glad you found this useful 🙂

  8. Patricia Chamberlain says:

    We have never actually had a cat, but my toddler really wants one, so this is great information! I never really knew details about how they develop.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Kids always loved cats 🙂

  9. Bree says:

    I loved reading this because I love cats and never thought about when they go from kitten to cat. Kitties are so cute!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  10. Geraline Batarra says:

    Oh kittens are so adorable.. Ugh… I wish I could have an adorable cat just like yours.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, kittens are always so adorable 🙂

  11. Dear Karen Monica,
    You certainly have your hands full with 9 cats! I have one cat and one dog and I must say it is already a lot of work. I cannot imagine taking the responsibility of 9 cats but your house must be so full of fluff love!
    While reading your post, I remembered all the changes my cat Yoda went through while growing up. It actually is a very accurate post and I wanted to thank you for sharing! Kisses to all your kitties from us:)

    1. karenmonica says:

      My hands are full too but somehow I got used to having all these kitties around. I used to have more than 9 before this. I can’t imagine how dull and boring my life would be without them. Love from all the kitties to you 🙂

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