Interesting Facts About Newborn Kittens
They Weigh 3 to 4 Ounces at Birth Kittens gain weight at a rate of about 4 ounces per week, which means they should weigh around 1 pound by the time they reach 4 weeks of age, “Kittens should continue to gain about a pound a month until the age of 6months,”
They Receive Immune-Boosting Colostrum In the first 24 to 48 hours after birth, kittens receive colostrum from the queen (mother cat), which contains potentially life-saving antibodies to disease, “Without colostrum, kittens will be susceptible to infection.
They Cannot Thermoregulate Kittens require a heat source for the first two to four weeks, such as a heating pad for pets
They're Born Blind and Deaf Kittens are born with their eyes and ear canals closed, Simpson describes. Their eyes will open in about seven to 14 days, and their ear canals will open between 10 and 14 days old. All kittens are born with blue eyes
They Need to Eat Every Two to Three Hours .Kittens start to eat solid food at 3 to 4 weeks old. Kittens who are not getting enough food could have low blood sugar, which can be life threatening,
They Can't Go to the Bathroom on Their Own
Their Baby Teeth Start to Emerge Around 3 Weeks kittens will begin to erupt their deciduous (baby) teeth at 3 weeks of age. At 14 weeks old, they will begin to lose their deciduous teeth, beginning with their central incisors. By about 6 months of age, kittens will have all their adult teeth.
They Start Playing at 4 Weeks Kittens should be able to stand by 10 days of age and walk by 21 days. Around 4 weeks old, they begin to display the fun, crazy kitten behavior we know and love so well.
They Are Susceptible to Flea Anemia Fleas can cause life-threatening anemia in young kittens, “Since most flea medications are not safe for cats less than 8 weeks old, we recommend bathing kittens with fleas using a gentle dishwashing soap.”
They're Fully Weaned Around 8 Weeks Old Mom cats do a good job of weaning their kittens off them.