Raising Baby Kittens, Fourth through Eighth Week
The Fourth and Fifth Week
At the end of the fourth week the kittens are capable of doing their necessities without help of their mother. In a domestic situation they learn to use the litter box, copying their mother.
Note:It is believed that some of the greatest conquerors of the world (Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Hitler) didn’t appreciate cats. They obviously felt that it was a creature that couldn’t be dominated.
The Sixth Week
In the wild, the mother starts to wean the young ones so that they start consuming solid , restricting access to the milk and taking wounded prey for them to practice their hunting abilities. This is essential for their survival because feeding their kittens and hunting for drains her strength.
The Seventh Week
Kittens sleep less and spend part of their time fighting. Their quarrels might seem charming and comical, but in reality they are training their senses and reactions and learning the hunting routine: stalking, pouncing and capturing.
From Eight Weeks On
When kittens turn eight weeks they are completely weaned and by twelve weeks they are completely independent of their mothers. Between three and six months they loose their milk teeth which are replaced by permanent adult teeth. In the wild a young female stay with her mother until she becomes a mother herself. The males leave their family group and go in search of their own territory.
If a domestic kitten doesn’t get used to being handled by humans since its small, it can grow up to be fearful and hostile. There is an important period, between four and seven weeks, where kittens must be handled and played with by different adults, many times a day. They should also be put in contact with other pets and domestic noises. This socialization period is crucial for the kitten to become a friendly and playful adult.
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