Kittens usually start taking their first unsteady steps around three weeks of age. While initially shaky and uncertain, as their balance improves by week four, they become more confident and eager to explore their surroundings.
Most kittens start walking around 3 weeks old but will take a little longer to develop their coordination. You can safely say that a kitten that is walking and playing fairly well is at least 4 weeks old.
Newborns cannot defend themselves or walk, but can move by crawling. A healthy newborn will squirm and meow when handled. Average Temperature: 95-97 degrees Fahrenheit at birth. It is important to provide a gentle source of heat to keep the kitten warm and stable.
While a kitten may not be walking around until the 3 week mark, that doesn’t mean they’re completely immobile before then. Even as newly born kittens, they are very curious and want to explore their surroundings. They use their paws to crawl across the ground, similar to how newborns crawl.
Kittens from 0-3 weeks of age do not have the muscular development and motor skills to fully tuck one foot under their body and walk. However, by the age of 3 weeks, a kitten will usually begin to learn to walk.
Behaviour. Seven week old kittens are becoming more independent, which brings with it both pros and cons – they are unlikely to be bottle fed anymore – and cons – they are very inquisitive now and also very mobile and coordinated. You have to keep a close eye on them.
Two months old is the perfect time to start introducing your kitty slowly to other furry friends and people. Play gently with your kitten at least once a day to bond with you. Don’t take it personally, but by the time your kitten is around 12 weeks old, he may not be as interested in playing with you.
Kittens at this age are steady on their feet and hold their tails up. They will begin to explore their surroundings more and play with each other, toys, and people frequently. As an important milestone, kittens will start weaning at this age.
Do kittens drink water? Although kittens will drink their mother’s milk until she weans it as early as four weeks of age, they also need water.
At this age kittens will walk, explore their surroundings and even start exploring the litter box. Three week old kittens still need a heat source but are more active and may move away from it when not sleeping. The kitten’s environment should be around 75 degrees at this point.
Week 4: Standing and wiggling
Kittens will begin to stand and try to walk sometime between the third and fourth week, although their first movements will be very wobbly.
Around the 4 week mark you can usually expect your cat to be able to poop on its own.
So a 2 month old kitten should weigh around 2 pounds, a 3 month old kitten should weigh an average of 3 pounds and so on. Don’t worry if your young kitten doesn’t follow this weight formula exactly.
Five weeks is when the fun really begins! Kittens are extremely playful at this age, especially now that their eyesight is fully developed and their coordination is better. Kittens can now retract their claws at will and you can watch them develop their own distinctive personality.
By two weeks of age, kittens become more aware of their surroundings and begin to interact more with their siblings, if they have any. Despite this, they spend most of their time asleep. Their ears begin to unfold and they begin to play, developing fine motor skills and taking their unsteady first steps.
Many creatures need the care and support of their mothers during their first few weeks of life, and cats are no exception. Most shelters and animal shelters accept kittens from 8 weeks old. Breeders often wait until the kitten has been with its mother for at least 12 weeks, many breeders wait up to 14 weeks.