Kitten Growth Milestones

Kitten Growth Milestones Courtesy of University of WI Shelter Medicine Program

Age Weight Milestones
Birth 2 – 4 ounces •   Eyes and ears are closed

•   Sleeps 90% of the time

•   Minimal handling

2 – 3 days •   Umbilical cord falls off
4 days •   Begins to purr
10 – 14 days 8 ounces •   Eyes and ears should be open

2 – 3 weeks      12 ounces           • Baby incisors erupt, can begin to eliminate without help

  • Will start crawling, standing and playing with littermates
  • Begin regular handling
  • Ready for deworming

4 weeks            1 pound              • Baby canine teeth erupt, beginning to walk but

do not have great balance, will begin to groom

themselves, able to thermoregulate

  • Continue daily handling
  • Ready for first vaccine
  • Ready for gruel and may be ready for introduction of dry kitten food

6 weeks            1.5 pounds          • Baby premolars erupt

  • Running, playing, using the litter box, grooming themselves
  • Should be eating dry kitten food, supplemented with canned

8 weeks            2 pounds             • Ready for surgery and adoption!

Feline Foster Care Content:

Overview: Is Fostering Right for You?   

Preparing Your Home and Family                     

Getting Acquainted

Kitten Growth Milestones

Daily Care for Moms with Kittens

Daily Care for Orphaned Kittens

Grooming, Bathing, Socializing

Cleaning & Sanitizing

Medical Information & Concerns

Print & Post Resources for Caregivers

More Foster Resources on ASPCApro

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