The main periods of the life of cats - read here!
A cat in its development goes through several periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. You need to know about this in order to better understand your pet and properly care for him at every stage of life.
Cat Infancy (up to 4 weeks)
When a kitten is born, it weighs about 100 grams. The baby is born deaf and blind, but feels motherly warmth and tries to crawl closer.
In the first two days, it is important for the kitten to get drunk on the “first milk” (colostrum), as it contains the necessary protective antibodies.
Even 1 day old kittens can purr.
Throughout the 1st week of life, babies either sleep or suck milk. And in 7 days they almost double their weight.
At 2 weeks, kittens' eyes begin to open and their ears straighten. But they still see very poorly. The eyes of babies are blue and change color later.
Already at the age of two weeks it is useful to start socializing the kitten: carefully pick it up and talk in an affectionate voice.
At 3 weeks, kittens learn to stand on their feet and crawl. The first independent environmental studies begin.
At 4 weeks, the eyes open fully and milk teeth appear. A sense of balance develops, kittens play with each other, arrange comic fights.
Kids by this age learn to lick independently.
Cat's early childhood (5 to 10 weeks)
At 5 weeks, the kittens improve their sense of balance, and all the senses are already working in full force.
Kittens begin to try solid foods, milk teeth continue to grow.
Kids experiment by digging in the tray the results of their life, and scratch its walls and bottom.
At 6 weeks, the mother begins to "wean" the offspring, and by 9 weeks the kittens switch completely to self-feeding.
The weight of a kitten 7 weeks of age is almost 7 times its birth weight.
At 7 weeks, the baby gets a complete set of milk teeth.
Kittens arrange hunting games, comic fights and begin to establish a hierarchy.
At 10 weeks, the kitten already acquires the agility and grace of an adult cat, confidently runs, jumps and climbs.
Cat childhood (3-6 months)
The eyes of the kitten change color to "adult", and it is already possible to clearly determine the color of the coat.
Milk teeth are replaced by permanent ones.
At 4 months (according to some experts, even earlier), the “window of socialization” closes and the character and personality of the kitten are established.
At 5 months, kittens begin to mark the territory, leaving odorous “signs”.
At 6 months, signs of sexual maturity appear. Some people prefer to sterilize a pet at this age, in order to prevent unwanted reproduction.
Cat's youth (7-12 months)
Kittens are still growing, but growth topics are slowing.
Cats reach sexual maturity.
Longhair cats acquire a full, consistent coat length.
The cat sets for himself a clear routine of life, gets used to the environment and other pets.
Adult cat (over 1 year old)
As a rule, a cat experiences the heyday of life from 1 year to 9 years.However, this scheme is only approximate, and each pet deserves an individual "measure". If you properly care for a cat and she is healthy, she will delight you with vigor and activity for many years.
Signs of cat's health: clean clear eyes, shiny coat, activity, dexterity, complaisance. The cat's body temperature normally ranges from 38.6 - 39.2 degrees.
Do not forget that the psychological well-being of a cat is no less important than the physical. In an atmosphere of love and in the absence of stress, the cat has every chance of staying healthy and alert for much longer.
To better understand the condition of the cat, you can correlate the age of your pet with the human. One of the calculation options:
Appropriate age of a person
|Cat age||Appropriate age of a person|
|1 year||15 years||12 years||64 years|
|2 years||24 years||14 years old||72 years|
|4 years||32 years||16 years||80 years|
|6 years||40 years||18 years||88 years|
|8 years||48 years old||20 years||96 years|
|10 years||56 years||21 years||100 years|