Guide/How-to|

When kittens are six weeks old, things are getting easier for their caregivers. They’ll be able to clean themselves (and groom each other) and should use the litter box. Socializing them only gets more important at this age, so continue to play with them and get them used to routine activities, like nail clipping.

Characteristics

Weight: 640-670 grams/22.5-23.6 ounces
Teeth: Premolars coming in
Eyes: Blue
Ears: Fully upright

 

Behavior

The kittens can clean themselves. They also groom each other, reinforcing their sibling bonds.

They can run, and they are active and playful. They are becoming more self-sufficient, but may still nurse from and get comfort from their mother.

Care

Feeding:

Kittens who are six weeks old should eat kitten kibble mixed into wet food. You can start to separate the wet food and kibble, but do it gradually so the kittens won’t have digestive problems.

Feeding frequency:

Two or three times a day

Bedding:

Kittens can regulate their own temperature now, but you should still provide a cozy nest they can go to as needed.

Bathroom habits:

Kittens should use the litter box.

Socialization

Socializing kittens becomes more important as they get older, so they have the skills to thrive in their new homes when they are adopted.

Grooming:

At six weeks old, kittens are grooming each other, so make sure you incorporate grooming into your interactions with the kittens—especially if you have a single kitten or are raising a litter without the mother.

Introductions:

Introduce kittens to different parts of the house, different objects, different pets and people, and different experiences. This will help them adjust to new situations.

Introduce the kittens to scratching posts and trim their claws for the first time. Training the kittens to understand these routines helps prepare them for their new homes.

Playing:

Playing is an important part of kitten socialization because it helps them bond with each other and build confidence around people. Play with kittens for at least two hours a day (all together or broken up). Take time to socialize each of the kittens in a litter individually. At this age, kittens will love to play with toys, and you should encourage that!

If your kittens are behind on socialization, learn more about how to get started at alleycat.org/Socialization.