Kitten Growth & Development
Teacup Persian Kitten Growth & Development
Each of our famed Persian kittens starts from humble beginnings. From being born deaf and blind to growing into energetic balls of fluffy and purring fur, the first 8 weeks of your kitten’s life is an epic journey. Below we have tried to outline the major milestones of our kittens. This offers our potential customers a “window” into our posh Persian’s lifestyle, from birth until the time they enter your home and heart! As a breeder, we are able to see kitten growth & development from the day they are born. They grow so quickly right before our eyes! However, our customers only see our kittens from 6 weeks on. Below we have outlined the amazing transformation our kitten’s experiences in the first few weeks of life.
When our dear teacup Persian kittens enter the world they weigh only a few ounces and are extremely vulnerable. As breeders, it is our duty to make sure kittens are in a warm, dry environment with clean bedding that is changed daily. During this time we are cautious and handle the new kittens as little as possible. All kittens are born with their eyes closed and will remain closed for the first 12-14 days of life. Their ears are closed as well. Umbilical cords will fall off in the first few days.
New kittens will spend their days drinking mother’s milk and sleeping. During the first 24-48 hours, kittens drink what is called colostrum which provides the kittens with nutrient packed milk full of immune boosting vitamins and minerals. With the mother taking good care of her kittens, they will double their weight in the first week. Mothers should be given extra food to replenish the nutrients she is passing to her litter.
At 2 weeks old kittens will begin to open their eyes, at first their vision is blurred. ALL kittens are born with blue eyes and they will remain that color for the first weeks. Senses are developing rapidly, and kittens are beginning to develop a sense of smell.
At three weeks a kitten’s digestive systems are improving. Eye color may start to change. Their ear canals are completely open now. Between 3 and 4 weeks kittens are starting to sit up and stand. Their heads are quite a bit larger than their bodies, making their movements unsteady.
Around 5-6 weeks of age, kittens begin weaning and starting a diet of kibble. Here at the nursery, we leave kittens with their mom as long as possible. The extra calories are great for the kittens and full fill their need to suckle. Typically kittens still nurse until 8+ weeks of age. Moms are starting to teach their kittens the basics of litter box training.
From this point on kittens are developing social skills and forming bonds with their littermates. Kittens can become quite active, running, climbing, jumping, pouncing, and stalking. As breeders, we really start handling and playing with our dear kittens as much as we can This is key to well socialized, friendly felines.
All kittens are kept in our nursery until they are at least 12 weeks of age. As a new owner, you can expect your kitten to weight 2+ pounds by the time you receive him or her. Each one of our fur-babies has been completely weaned from his/her mom, on a diet of dry kibble, and completely litter box trained.
A Special Note about eyes
Because kittens are born with their eyes closed for approximately the first two weeks, the eye muscles have not yet had the chance to develop. Once a kitten opens his or her eyes, they may look a bit awkward. They almost appear cross-eyed, as though their eyes are looking in two different directions. As a kitten ages and exercises their eye muscles more they will develop and adjust. Around 6+ weeks of age, a kitten’s eyes have had time to adjust and they will lose their cross-eyed appearance. If you see a kitten you are interested in with those very cute “googly” eyes, no need to worry, your kitten will not need glasses nor does he or she have any problems with their sight. All kittens mature at slightly different rates!