Kitten Development Stages Week-by-Week
From the time they are born to the time they reach full maturity, cats go through an immense amount of changes. Kittens are constantly growing – both physically and mentally.
Whether you have a newborn kitten on your hands or one that’s a little further along, here are some behavioral and growth milestones to expect in your kitten’s life:
WEEKS 1-3: WAKING UP TO THE WORLD
When kittens are first born, their ear canals and eyes are closed. During the first week, they rely heavily on their mothers. In the second week of life, kittens’ eyes begin to open, although their vision will not be clear. In week 3, your kitten’s understanding of his or her world will start to grow as its senses of hearing and smell improve.
WEEKS 4-6: MOVING AROUND
During the fourth week of life, kittens become more comfortable with moving around – although they typically still stay close by their mothers. Your kitten’s sense of balance will improve during this stage of life! In the fifth and sixth weeks, your kitten will begin to behave more like an adult cat in terms of play. This is when you can really get social with your growing kitten – teach him or her how to play safely, and discourage biting.
WEEKS 7-10: GROWING UP
Your kitten will continue to grow bigger and heavier as he or she reaches maturation – different cats finish maturing at different ages. As you continue to play with and socialize your kitten, now is the time to establish a comfortable grooming routine. Begin clipping your kitten’s newly long nails and combing or brushing his or her coat. For more tips on grooming, check out the Purina Pro Plan Guide to Cat Grooming.
GROWING BODIES NEED GREAT FOOD
Besides helping you determine an optimal schedule for shots and vaccinations, your veterinarian can also help guide you as you transition your kitten from mother’s milk to a kitten food like Purina® Pro Plan®FOCUS Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula dry food. This, along with our kitten-specific wet food formulas, will provide your kitten with the nutritional building blocks as he or she grows and matures.