|Weight:||920-950 grams/32.4-33.5 ounces (2 pounds)|
|Teeth:||26 baby teeth|
Behavior and Developmental Milestones
Reaching eight weeks of age is a significant landmark for kittens. At this age, they should weigh approximately two pounds, making them suitable candidates for spaying or neutering procedures. Furthermore, they are now fully weaned—meaning bottle feeding is a thing of the past—and their physical appearance starts to resemble that of adult cats. This is an excellent time to begin seeking their forever homes.
By this age, kittens exhibit a confident demeanor in their exploration, often venturing away from their mother. They have also developed the ability to jump. Their skills and sense of adventure continue to enhance, and they begin to adopt regular intervals for sleep and feeding similar to adult cats.
The growth rate of kittens will start to decelerate at this point. While they will continue to build muscle tone and strength, they will no longer be doubling their weight in just days or weeks as they did during the earlier stages of their life.
At this stage, it’s suitable to proceed with spaying or neutering procedures for the kittens, provided they weigh around two pounds.
While it’s an appropriate time to start searching for potential adoptive homes, it’s crucial not to physically separate them from their siblings just yet. They need a couple more weeks with their siblings to facilitate their ongoing development and growth. Therefore, ensure they remain together during this crucial period of their maturation.
By this point, the kittens should have completely transitioned to consuming only solid food, abandoning their previous dependence on milk or liquid nourishment.
The kittens should be fed at regular intervals, ideally two or three times per day.
At this stage, kittens should be utilizing the litter box for their bathroom needs.
As kittens grow older, their socialization becomes more crucial. This helps them acquire the necessary skills to prosper in their adoptive homes when the time comes. Therefore, it’s vital to invest more time and effort in their social interaction.
Incorporating grooming into your interaction with the kittens is an important aspect of their care. This is particularly essential if you are looking after a single kitten or raising a litter in the absence of the mother cat. Ensure that grooming becomes a regular part of their routine, contributing to their overall health and well-being
Introducing New Environments:
Gradually exposing kittens to different areas of the house, diverse objects, varied pets and people, and new experiences is a fundamental part of their development. This exposure aids them in adapting to novel situations.
If not done already, now is the time to introduce kittens to scratching posts and initiate their first claw trimming. Educating them about these routines prepares them for their forthcoming homes.
Engaging in play is an essential aspect of kitten socialization, as it fosters bonding among them and boosts their confidence around humans. Ensure to allot at least two hours of playtime for kittens each day (this can be divided into different time slots).
It’s important to dedicate time to socialize each kitten in a litter on an individual basis. Kittens at this stage are typically fond of toys, and promoting play with these items is highly beneficial for their growth and development.