Everything needed for proper kitten care is reviewed here in our Kitten Care Guide from litter-pan training to toilet training (yes, that’s a thing!)
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Enjoy the journey and always remember…….Cats Rule!
Your Kitten Care Guide
So what are the stages of a kittens development, and what should you expect and implement as they grow and learn?
Well most vets and cat experts agree there are 4 distinct stages in a cats life cycle:
Kitten hood: – birth to the onset of puberty, about 6-8 months
Young Adult: – puberty (6-8 months) to 6 years old
Middle -age: – 7 to 11 years
Senior Citizen: – 12 years and older with many cats living up to 20 years!
So, between newborn baby cats and up to 8 months old is considered a kitten. Most cat breeds reach their full size at 6 to 8 months, with a little filling out for maturity, but some giant cat breeds, like the Maine Coon cat and the Bengal, seem to have extended kitten-hoods, not just physically, as they continue to grow for 18 to 48 months, but also, sometimes, with their training and mental maturity.
These breeds may be a little slower to master the concept of litter box use, and may also engage in some kittenish destructive behavior for a longer time, like knocking over plants, shredding toilet paper and playful nipping or scratching.
Meanwhile, tiny cat breeds like the Singapura, may reach full size and development before they are even half a year old. They may be quicker to pick up routines, and be more mature and manageable in their early development.
Giant cat breeds may also require a different food as they grow, so pay close attention to breeder and vet recommendations for your breed of kitten.
cool cat facts
The Abyssinian Cat is one of the oldest cat breeds in our history. Images of Abyssinians can be found on pottery and jewelry dating back thousands of years. If King Tut had a cat, it was probably an Abyssinian!
- See also: Choosing A Kitten