If this is the first time you have a cat as a pet, then you certainly have a lot of doubts. As the average lifespan of cats is perhaps one of the first questions that come to your mind.
And in this post we will help you figure it out, we will clarify this question, but you will also learn a lot about it.
When cats are young, they are undoubtedly very adorable little creatures, filled with a lot of curiosity and energy. As the days go by, we will notice that the kittens begin to grow very quickly.
Cats, unlike humans, grow quickly. Within a year or less they reach their adult size, during which time they begin to run, jump and hunt.
They go from a weight of only 100 grams to 2 or 3 kilograms. They even reach sexual maturity during this first year of life.
It is important to know that cats’ development occurs in different stages, during which they go through noticeable physical changes and will even have changes in their personalities and behaviors.
And then we’ll talk a little bit about all this, so you can learn about each stage of a cat’s development.
Age and growth of kittens
As mentioned earlier, kittens go through different stages of development after they are born and before they become adults. Let’s see how the kittens grow up.
Although it is important to know that the growth time pattern is not the same in every cat, some grow slower, and others grow faster.
This varies for different types of cats. But if there are some similarities in their growth, which can be classified into stages.
When newborn kittens are formed (first stage), they usually weigh between 85 and 120 grams and in the first week of life usually double their weight.
In these first weeks of life, kittens are completely dependent on their mother, so it is very important not to be separated from her, and she will know how to keep her warm, nourished, and clean.
Kittens are born toothless, blind, deaf, and have such a slight sense of smell that they can recognize their mother’s scent.
At birth, mother’s milk is very important, that they eat. The first milk that his mother produces is known as colostrum, and it has a special composition, it contains a large proportion of immunoglobulins, that is, it transmits to newborn kittens the antibodies necessary for the correct development of their immune system.
Kittens when they arrive in the world also have a very limited ability to move. The only thing they could do was meow very weakly.
Between the ninth and fourteenth days, cats begin to open their eyes and open their ears. This is where the transition period (second stage) begins.
Aside from starting to see and listen, they will also start trying to mobilize themselves to explore their surroundings as much as possible, their gait will be unsteady, they will start to crawl, and it won’t until about 17 days when they will walk as well or less.
Usually when their mother wants to move them from one place to another, she takes them with her mouth from the back of the neck. Additionally, you will be responsible for defending them when necessary during these phases. It should also be noted that from the second week their teeth begin to come out.
Already in the third week (the third stage) kittens have a very developed sense of smell, and their ears are fully raised, although the sense of hearing is not developed.
When their teeth begin to come out, they must learn to control their bite force, so as not to harm their younger siblings who can play with them too much.
Also during this stage, they will no longer be so dependent on their mother, and she will no longer be as interested in them as she was when they were born.
Because they are already able to digest their own food and eliminate their needs.
Cats begin to become more independent, and this is where they can learn to relieve themselves in the sandbox. Cats will also be more skilled and will start running, playing, and exploring their surroundings with a lot of energy. This happens in the fourth and fifth weeks of her life.
Then, this is the ideal time for each cat to begin contact with humans and other animals in general (stage four).
They should take it gently and pamper them so that they gain confidence and associate positive things with communication with people. The eighth week is arguably the ideal week to adopt or put up for adoption.
Of course, you have to be aware that this is a very active stage in cats. Usually very funny and funny. And maybe your furniture will regret it.
How old are cats? males and females.
Between the third and sixth months, the kitten will already be at a point where it will not need its mother at all. Now that he will be able to survive on his own, he is practically ready to reach adulthood without major complications.
During this period when the cat, whether female or male, reaches their final shape and size, they become young, that is, their size begins to stabilize.
Puberty for cats is somewhat similar to puberty in humans, they tend to be rebellious, disobey, to do what they want.
Now, when they finally become adults they tend to be a bit quieter, although their desire to play is still very high, kittens are still very active.
But how old are normal cats? They usually finish growing after six months, maybe sooner, and sometimes even beyond it all depends on the breed.
What is the maximum lifespan for cats?
As mentioned earlier, cat growth varies by breed, as there are cats that reach a size larger than others, so some take longer to grow than others.
Although the growth period for the most part does not exceed one year. For example, there is a Maine Coon cat breed, which is a giant species of cat, on the other hand, there is a British breed that takes 3 years to grow.
Other breeds such as the Persian cat and Siamese cat last about a year.
When does a cat reach puberty size?
After the sixth month of life, the kitten reaches puberty (the sixth stage). At that point, they are not much more rebellious, they are more calm and mature.
They will sleep for a long time, but they will still be very cheerful. And you will realize that they are nocturnal animals because they are most active at night.
If you want them to sleep at night, find a way to play with them during the day, and keep them active.
Between 3 and 7 years of age, a cat will not have the same energy as before, will sleep a lot more, and will be more territorial.
Between the ages of 7 and 12, our cat is getting older, and every time he is less active and lazy, he rarely wants to play. A cat’s life can last up to 20 years.
Cat age and ideal weight
The weight of cats varies by breed, there is a large difference in weight by age between cats of small, medium, and giant breeds.
But, the average weights can be determined according to the type of cat being analyzed.
Next, we give you the average cats’ weight according to their ages.
- Newborn kitten: 100g
- Kittens 2-3 weeks old: 170-225 grams
- Kittens 4-5 weeks: 225-450 grams
- Kittens 8 weeks old: 680-900 grams
- Kittens 12 weeks old: 1.3 – 1.5 kg
- Kittens at 16 weeks of age: approx. 1.8 kg
- Kittens 18-24 months: 3-4.5 kg (depending on the breed)