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How Old Is That Kitten? Kitten Guide: Nine Weeks

Guide/How-to| Kittens / "Leave Them Be"

Kittens are almost grown by nine weeks. Their adult eye color should be apparent, and they’re exhibiting all the behaviors of adult cats and using their body language to communicate with their caregivers. They’re almost ready for adoption.


Weight: 1060-1090 grams/37.3-38.4 ounces
Teeth: 26 baby teeth
Eyes: Any color
Ears: Fully upright


Kittens use their body language and behave like adult cats. They may begin to react to catnip, and their play will imitate hunting behaviors.

The kittens should clearly show an attachment to their caregivers, cuddling on laps and seeking out attention.



Eating exclusively solid food

Feeding frequency:

Regular intervals, two or three times a day

Bathroom habits:

Kittens should use the litter box.


Kittens should be socialized by now. It is completely fine to release healthy kittens who are more than eight weeks old or weigh two pounds back into their colonies after being trapped and neutered. However, it is possible to socialize kittens until they are four months old, if you have the time and resources.

For more about socializing kittens, go to