The timeline for feeding your newborn kitten changes rapidly during the first six months. The following is a broad overview of the key development milestones your kitten will experience to help you learn what and how you should be feeding the newest member of your family.
Why Is It Important to Know Milestones for Kitten Development?
Due to breed differences and animal individuality, it is impossible to predict exact dates for growth and development milestones for kittens. However, by using the milestones as a guide for healthy growth, developmental problems can be spotted and possibly prevented early on.
What Are Some Common Milestones for Kitten Development?
|Age ||Milestone |
|7 to 10 days old ||Kittens begin to urinate and defecate on their own. |
|10 to 18 days old ||Kittens attempt to stand. |
Kittens double their birth weight at about day 14.
Kittens’ eyes begin to open.
Kittens’ ears begin to open.
|18 to 21 days old ||Kittens hear and respond to noises. |
Kittens begin to walk.
|3 weeks old ||Kittens begin responsive vocalization. |
Begin weaning process for orphaned kittens.
Deciduous (baby) teeth will begin erupting.
|4 weeks old ||Begin weaning process for mother-fed kittens. |
|3 to 6 months old ||Kittens’ adult teeth erupt. |