A kitten weight chart or growth chart is an important tool to help gauge proper kitten development. With or without their mother cat, a kitten should grow steadily, at certain rates, and a variety of changes should occur within a certain time frame. The biggest indicator that a kitten is developing properly starts with weight gain, according to a kitten weight chart. Kittens grow very quickly during the first 12 weeks of their life, and with or without their mom’s, it’s important for us pet parents to oversee their proper development. Mom cats do a wonderful job feeding their babies the proper amounts, grooming them, and helping them grow and learn. Humans left to care for orphaned kittens need to do the same.
Size and weight can vary from cat to cat. It depends on what breed is most prominent. But, at that age, the kitten should be between about 2.2 and 4 pounds. As long as the kitten is not clearly over, or under weight, and is active and playful, it is probably quite health. My cat, Caramel, for example, is a bit on the smaller side. While she is pretty much full grown, she resembles a kitten in some ways. Her boyfriend, a neighbor’s cat named Roomba, is huge. The other day, he wanted to go home from a visit, and his person was not home. I had to get him back to my place, but he didn’t want to go. I honestly could not pick him up. I finally got him shooed back, but it was not easy. He is clearly a bit overweight. Some breeds, like Maine Coons, can be extremely large.
At three months of age, a kitten will have developed all of its baby teeth and they will even begin falling out. If the teeth do not fall out by the time the kitten is about six months of age, a veterinarian may recommend they be extracted when the kitten gets spayed or neutered. Baby teeth that don’t fall out are called retained deciduous teeth and they can cause problems for the adult teeth if they don’t fall out or get extracted in time. A typical cat will have 26 baby teeth and 30 adult teeth so there is a lot of teething going on for a few months. You may find baby teeth lying around the house but most of the time the kitten swallows the teeth.
Food And Nutrition For Kittens
Kittens between the ages of three and six months should be eating an AAFCO-approved, formulated kitten food to receive all of their nutritional requirements. They will continue to eat this food until they are about nine to twelve months old. As a kitten approaches six months of age, you may have to regulate how much you feed it if it is gaining too much weight. Every kitten food has a different amount of calories per cup of food, so you will need to follow the feeding guidelines on the bag or can or work with your veterinarian to determine how much food your specific kitten needs. The average kitten usually needs about 1/2 cup of an average dry kitten food a day.
How Often Should A 3 Month Old Kitten Be Weighed?
Before the age of 3 months, the weight of a kitten must be followed very closely (see how to take care of a 2 month old kitten?). The frequency of weighings between 1 and 3 months must be once a week. By noting the results to make a growth curve, we can check that the kitten is gaining weight regularly and especially that it does not lose any! From the age of 3 months, the weighing frequency changes to Once every two weeks, which will be enough to properly control the evolution of the kitten’s weight.
What Is The Weight Of A Kitten At Birth?
The average weight of a kitten at birth is between 90 to 110 grams. Healthy, well-fed kittens gain 70-100 grams per week for 2 months.
What Is The Weight Of A 3 Month Old Kitten?
Depending on its breed and gender, the approximate average weight of a 3 month old kitten is more or less between 1,2 kg and 1,7 kg.
Factors To Consider For Weight
The weight of a kitten is variable according to its breed, its age, its genes … Knowing the “normal weight” or making the curve of the “ideal weight” of a kitten according to its growth is very complicated because too many factors come into play to do these calculations. The bigger and bigger a kitten will be as an adult (according to his race) and the longer it will grow. For example a Siberian cat where males can weigh up to 10 kg will take almost 5 years to complete their growth.
Another example, the growth of the male kitten is little longer than that of a female kitten. In fact, up to the age of 3 months, male and female kittens have almost the same weight, then from 3 months, male kittens become heavier than female kittens.
And there is also the genetic factor which affects the weight of a kitten. In fact, half of a kitten’s chromosomes come from its mother and the other half from its father. If one of its parents is very tall or very large, the kitten’s growth may be different from that of a kitten whose 2 parents are very small and thin.
How Fast Do Cats Grow?
One of the reasons we love cats is that there is such a range and variety. But, the downside is that answering the question of how fast kittens grow is much more difficult. In fact, the question of “how fast do kittens grow?” is one that we must answer on a breed-specific basis. In other words, if you have a Bengal kitten, the answer to this question will be different than if you have an American Shorthair kitten or a Maine Coon kitten.
And if you have a “mutt” kitten – a kitten whose parentage is unknown or only partially known, then good luck! Figuring out when is a kitten full grown becomes even more of a mystery!
When Do Kittens Stop Growing?
There isn’t really any hard and fast scientific evidence to prove at what age do cats stop growing. Different feline breeds grow at different rates, and some breeds are quite petite at maturity. Others can be surprisingly robust in size and never seem to stop growing.
Most cat breeders agree that kittens stop growing somewhere between 8 and 16 months, depending upon the breed. That’s a pretty good rule of thumb for the vast majority of cats. However, it can be a bit more complicated than that. As we all know, cats are naturally contrary creatures and nothing is that simple!