Kitten habits

Blind, deaf and weighing only 70 to 100 grams, a newborn kitten is truly helpless. The mother even has to lick the kitten as soon as they are born to get the breathing going. A kitten’s mother doesn’t only give them nutrition, she also provides vital warmth. Kittens can’t regulate their own body temperature. So remember to keep them warm.

Hello baby blue eyes!

When first born a kitten can do little more than sleep and eat. Soon your new best friend will make rapid progress, gaining about 15 grams in weight every day. Between the eighth and twelfth day, his or her eyes will open, a baby-blue colour like every other kitten’s at this stage. Seeing is another ten days away. Hearing will develop at the same time. Your kitten’s teeth will also begin to grow from as early as two weeks. Within two months, the first set of 26 sharp milk teeth will have completely developed. To be replaced by an adult set of 30 in around six months.

Five weeks and five senses

As your kitten gets older, they will start playing, learning how to attack and defend, to pursue and escape, to recognise the calls and signals that warn of dangers as well as caressing others to get what they desire. Within five weeks, all five senses will be fully developed.

Positive steps forward

Whilst kittens are mischievous, it is possible to teach your kitten to be well behaved from an early age. As with all training, this should be done with kindness based on positive reinforcement - rewarding good and ignoring bad behaviour.

Special attention at feeding time

A good form of positive reinforcement is sharing special moments around feeding time. It’s important to remember to feed them with specially developed kitten food until they are twelve months old. Then slowly ease them on to adult meals. DINE KITTEN dishes offer the variety of tastes and textures kittens need and grow to love.