People love having little fur balls in their house. It’s exciting and it induces a soothing effect on them. Taking care of kitten is one of the most fun things a person can do but you will have to become responsible. This guide will teach you how to take care of a kitten.
When kittens are born, they are vulnerable. They cannot see, hear or keep warm by themselves. The kittens can only purr or make distress calls. They require 24 hour care and feeding every 2 hours.
Their weight will be around 5-6 ounces and during the first week they develop their senses and start to focus on their surroundings.
During their second week, the kittens will continue to improve their senses and their ears will be 80% uncurled. They will start to crawl, snuggle to warm things. The color of their eyes will be blue for the first couple months.
Now you must start nurturing them because they will interact with the things around them.
At this stage the kittens will spend most of their time sleeping and developing their motor skills. This is an opportunity to start litter box training. Their fur will begin grow.
Now you can start feeding them solid food, their weight will increased to 15-16 ounces. They will start to walk but since it is their first time so they will wobble around a bit.
Now the fun begins, the kitten’s eye sight will be fully developed and you can start playing running games. They will start to show their personalities such as shyness and confidence. They will achieve stability by using their tails and start to hide, stalk, pounce and dig.
They will now learn to clean themselves using their tongues. All the process is strictly based upon their instincts. You can take them outside and leave them on the grass so that they can play a little.
The kittens will now become self-sufficient, this is a stage where you introduce scratching posts to them and trim their claws. As they meet new cats they will begin to show territorial dominance. This is a good sign because now the kitten accepts you and recognizes its home.
They will start to try daring stunts so it is important to keep an eye on them. Their weight will be around 2 pounds at this stage.
By the ninth week, the kitten will start showing signs of attachment such as cuddle on your lap and seeking your attention. Their eye color will become clear. The kitten will move their tails to show their confidence and start to pounce.
Now they are deemed as adult cats. They will have their fixed schedule of eating and playing. By using their body language they will try to communicate with you such as scratching, moving their tail and constantly pouncing, this could mean either they are hungry or they are picking a fight for fun.