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Tracking Kitten Development: The First Six Weeks


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Week 2: Growing and Developing
kitten hissing at strange human

Big brave kitten hisses at unfamiliar scent

Franny Syufy
  • Your kitten is continuing his growth at an astonishing rate, by at least 10 grams per day. The mother cat should be fed a quality canned kitten food to help replenish the nutrients she will lose through nursing. Later on, the kittens will be introduced to the same food.
  • His eyes will start to open and will be completely open at 9 to 14 days old. All kittens' eyes are blue, and will remain so for several weeks. Their vision will be blurred at first, and their pupils don't dilate and contract readily, so they should be kept from bright lights.
  • The kitten's sense of smell is developing, and he will seek out his favorite teat by scent. He will even hiss at unfamiliar odors, as the photo depicts.
  • He will become more aware of his littermates as his senses develop.
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