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Kitten Development from Newborn to One Week
Customer Service for Subscribers. Kitten season is the perfect time to learn some life-saving basics about newborn kitten care. Weighing in at only 3. Cats reach sexual maturity at 6 months old and have a gestation period of 58 to 72 days. Unspayed females can have three litters per year. While spaying and neutering owned and free-roaming cats is more prevalent than ever before, there are still a lot of kittens out there. And many of them will need human intervention to survive.
Newborn kittens may be born fully furred but they aren't done growing once they leave their mother's womb. The first week of a kitten's life is full of major changes and growth. If you have a litter of kittens it's a good idea to know what to watch for as well as know what you can do to help your kitten get off to a good start in life. When a kitten is born it should fit in the palm of your hand. It will look just like a miniature version of an adult cat with its fur, four legs, two ears, and all its other body parts, but not everything works like an adult cat just yet.
Since kittens under four weeks of age do not have the ability to thermoregulate, we must help them maintain body warmth. One method is to place a warmed Snuggle Safe disk at the opening of the cage or crate. This disk then provides the needed warmth for 8 hours. Instructions for how long to heat the Snuggle Safe disk depending on the wattage of the microwave are printed on each disk. If you are unsure what wattage the microwave is, heat the disk for 5 minutes, then check the temperature with your hands.
Kittens under 8 weeks old are extremely fragile.
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Be certain kittens are really abandoned before you disturb a nest. As they get older, it gets increasingly harder to tame them. Kittens over the age of eight weeks who have had no human contact will probably take months to tame — if it can be done at all. If a rescued kitten feels cold, warm it immediately, but gently. Place it on a heating pad wrapped in towels and on the lowest setting, or warm a hot water bottle to about degrees wrapped in a towel and place it with the kitten. Many veterinarians have incubators to warm a chilled kitten.