A kitten growth chart provides a way to record and track details of your pet’s development through some of her most critical life stages.
You will be amazed at how quickly a kitten grows from a helpless newborn to an inquisitive and playful cat. In addition to growth, you can use the below chart to keep track of your kitten each growth stage.
Kitten Growth Chart: Newborn to 4 Weeks
1 Day Old Kitten
Development: Born blind, deaf, and unable to regulate body temperature. The kittens will root towards their mother’s body heat. They huddle with siblings for warmth.
Care Guide: Unless they are orphaned kittens, just give mama cat some privacy to do her job–she knows best.
5 Day Old Kitten
Development: Ears will open, but they are still deaf. Eyes may begin to open at the inner corners. Still huddling for warmth, not interactive yet. For growth, they will be twice their birth weight.
Care Guide: If mama cat allows, between nursing sessions begin gently holding the kittens for no more than a minute at a time. This will be the beginning of the socialization process, to help them become good pets!
10 Day Old Kitten
Development: They will be able to orient to sound, but do not recognize it yet. Eyes will be fully open between 9 and 14 days. Not interacting much with siblings, they are still just interested in nursing and staying warm.
Care Guide: The kittens’ eyes cannot dilate yet, so make sure to protect them from bright lights.
Continue to handle them for a few minutes at a time several times a day–their emotional growth depends on it.
2 Week Old Kitten
Development: During their second week, Darling, Denby, Corduroy, Tweed, and Wembley continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
By the end of the week, their ears will be almost completely uncurled and they will begin to crawl. They still depend completely on a caregiver—either mom or you—for food and waste elimination.
Care Guide: The beginning of the true socialization period–Make sure to handle kittens gently and frequently from now on so they will get used to humans.
3 Week Old Kitten
Development: By the third week, you can tell if the kittens are boys or girls. (Darling, Denby, Corduroy, and Tweed are all boys; Wembley is the only girl).
Their teeth are coming in and their walking is becoming more confident. You can start providing a litter box and wet food. At the end of his third week, Darling’s now playing with his siblings and getting more mobile.
Care Guide: Talk to the kittens frequently since they can now hear your voice–and beware of little explorers escaping the nest box! You can also introduce them to low-level normal household sounds. (No scary vacuum cleaners nearby yet though!)
Kitten Growth Chart: 4 Weeks to 1 Year
4 Week Old Kitten
Development: Look how much Darling has grown! At four weeks kittens are sturdy on their feet and playing with each other, toys, and people.
By now, Darling, Denby, Corduroy, Tweed, and Wembley look like fluffy, miniature versions of their mother. They are showing interest in the outside world, interacting with their littermates more and also beginning to interact with people and toys. That means it’s time to begin socializing these kittens!
Care Guide: Begin feeding the kittens soft, wet food or kibble softened with water. Continue to let them nurse in addition until the Queen (mother cat) decides to wean them. Make sure you use a natural, non-toxic and non-clumping cat litter since they will want to taste this too!
6 Week Old Kitten
Development: Balance is improving! The kittens’ eyes will settle into their permanent color. Baby teeth are fully grown, and the kittens can fully regulate their body temperature. Social play is at a fully rambunctious (and entertaining) level. They are nearly fully weaned, although may still continue to suckle.
Care Guide: Catch early bad habits in their tracks! Training them now will be easier than if you wait. You can begin with simple stern “no’s” but don’t expect enough of an attention span for anything more complicated.
8 Week Old Kitten
Development: Two pounds! Darling now weighs enough to be neutered. He’s also getting more skilled and adventurous. Darling is learning so much from his mom, siblings, and human caregiver. At this point, the kittens’ caregivers started looking for their adoptive homes.
The kittens are fully weaned from their mother, but their continued development and growth together are important enough to put off adoption for another couple of weeks.
Care Guide: Make sure to supervise the kittens and kitten-proof your home if you haven’t already. At this stage of kitten growth, you can also begin introducing them to nail trims.
12 Week Old Kitten
Development: The kittens are really beginning to test their physical limits. They are only about a month away from the growth of their adult teeth.
Fully socialized and ready to be separated from mom and siblings. Clawing behavior for scent marking begins during this growth stage.
Care Guide: The last of three rounds of vaccines are due (7th, 11th, and 12th week of life) before the kittens can go to their forever homes.
6 Month to 1-Year-Old Kitten
Development: Welcome to the end of the kitten growth chart! Ungainly physique, not unlike 15-year old human teenagers.
The kitten will not reach full size until 1-2 years old, or even a bit older if he is a large-breed cat. During adolescent growth, kittens may begin acting “macho” and may be less affectionate for awhile.
Care Guide: If you adopted one of these kittens, give him plenty of love on his terms. He has to go through his teenage years and explore his independence, but once he’s through the full kitten growth chart stages should return to your lap in no time!
We hope this kitten growth chart proves valuable in helping you to raise your kitten!