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How Old Is That Kitten? Kitten Guide: Ten Weeks

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

At 10 weeks old, the kittens are grown up and fully mobile! They are ready to go to their new homes—as long as they’ve been spayed or neutered and socialized. Caring for kittens until this age is no easy feat, but you should feel good about saving lives and allowing the kittens to thrive.


Weight: 1210-1240 grams/42.6-43.7 ounces
Teeth: 26 baby teeth
Eyes: Any color
Ears: Fully upright


At this point, kittens should be fully weaned, spayed or neutered, and ready to go to adoptive homes (as long as they are socialized to people).

They also scratch trees and other objects and are fully mobile.



Eating exclusively solid food

Feeding frequency:

Regular intervals, like an adult cat

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