Kitten Care

Kitten Development From 6 to 12 Weeks

Kittens go through a lot of changes very soon after they’re born. The first few weeks of their lives are full of new sights and sounds, and by the time they reach six weeks of age, they are almost ready to leave their mothers. But that doesn’t mean the growing, changing, and learning comes to a halt. Between the ages of six and 12 weeks of age, there are still several big milestones that a kitten needs to pass.

Physical Development

Behavior Changes

Between six and 12 weeks of age, a kitten is very active and social. It won’t sleep quite as much as it did as a newborn, but it will still spend more than half the day napping. A kitten will start playing with its littermates, explore its surroundings, and its personality will start to develop. This time is extremely important for developing your kitten’s social skills. If a kitten doesn’t have the opportunities to learn right from wrong through playing and discipline from its mother and littermates, then it may have difficulty as an adult. Social skills may suffer in kittens who were not properly socialized or they could even develop aggression issues.

Health and Care

Food and Nutrition

A six-week-old kitten should be in the weaning process to transition away from nursing. A high quality, canned kitten food should be mixed with water to create a gruel until the kitten can eat the canned food without the added water. Then the kitten will advance to dry kitten kibble once it is comfortable eating canned food and it has its baby teeth. By eight to 10 weeks of age, a kitten should be fully weaned from its mother. There is no need to limit the amount of food a kitten consumes at this age.

Training Kittens

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