How to determine any kitten's age



The development of the baby cat

Guessing the age of a kitten is easier than guessing that of an adult cat because the stages of a kitten's development are quite easily identifiable:

little cat


1st day after birth

The ears remain curled up and the eyes are closed. baby cat can't get up.


6 days after birth

The eyes begin to open, but the baby cat cannot yet perceive the sounds. At this point, they start to crawl.


10 to 15 days after birth

The eyes are completely open, blue in color, but the pupils are not yet dilated.


2 weeks after birth

baby cat begins to walk, in a sluggish and still unsure manner.


3 weeks after birth

The ear canals open and the baby cat now reacts to the sounds. They move more smoothly, can use the litter, and their milk teeth begin to grow.


4 to 5 weeks after birth

baby cats start playing together and become more agile.


6 weeks after birth

baby cats' eyes change from blue to their final color.


2 months after birth

Peak growth. Presence of all milk teeth. Kittens are self-contained 



Between 6 months and 1 year after birth

The final teeth replaced the milk teeth. Growth is slowing. Most cats reach their adult size at the age of 1 year, apart from certain breeds of cats such as the Maine Coon, which can continue to "grow" a little longer. Except for these specific breeds, if your cat looks like a "teenager," it's most likely less than a year old.

Kitten's teeth

Up to 6 months of age, the kitten's teeth are a good indicator of its age.
Indeed, the incisors appear between 2 and 4 weeks, the canines around 4 weeks, and finally the premolars between the 4th and 6th week. At the age of 8 weeks, your kitten has all its milk teeth. The final teeth grow around 3 to 4 months of age and move the milk teeth, which eventually fall out. At 6 months, your cat has all its white and shiny adult teeth.

The sexual maturity of the kitten
Males reach sexual maturity around the age of 5 months. They then begin to mark their territory. Often their testicles become more prominent at this age.

Females, on the other hand, have their first heats between the ages of 5 and 12 months. A cat can give birth to her first litter as early as 7 and a half months of age.


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