How Old Is That Kitten?
Kitten Progression: One Week Old
When kittens are first born, they are helpless—they cannot see, hear, keep themselves warm, or eliminate waste on their own. They fit in the palm of your hand, and weigh 3-5 ounces. Kittens like Darling, and his siblings are completely dependent on their mother (or you!) for protection, warmth, and nutrition. Even so, these kittens can purr and make distress calls. They spend 90% of their time sleeping and the other 10% eating.
One Day Old
At one day old, the kittens cannot stand. Their eyes are closed and their ears are folded. Kittens this young require round-the-clock care and bottle feeding every two hours.
Three Days Old
Notice that the kittens’ ears are just beginning to unfold, though their eyes remain closed. Their sense of smell, hearing, and taste are slowly starting to develop.
Six Days Old
After almost a week, the kittens begin to wiggle around on their own a little bit and their eyes start to open.
One Week Old
One week in this world, Darling, Denby, Corduroy, Tweed and Wembley are becoming more aware of their surroundings. Their eyes are almost completely open, though their eyesight is still unfocused. They have doubled their birth weight to around eight ounces.
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