At six months of age, your kitten may look like a little adult, but that doesn’t mean it has reached its adult size. The basic rule of thumb is that the average-sized cat will gain about 1 pound a month, so at six months of age, your kitten should weigh about 6 pounds with a lanky torso and legs. It may seem a little disproportionate, but your kitten will soon grow into its long legs and body just like a human preteen does.
At this age, your kitten should also have received all of its vaccinations and you should be thinking about scheduling its spay or neuter. While not yet fully grown in size, sexual maturity can occur at six months of age. To avoid having a male kitten that sprays urine to mark its territory or a female kitten that goes into heat, you’ll want to get your male kitten neutered or your female kitten spayed as soon as possible. These are routine surgeries that will be performed by your veterinarian.
Generally speaking, newborn kittens gain between ¼ and ½ ounce per day until they reach 1-month-old. The growth rate might slow down a bit after that but kittens would continue to gain around 1 pound a month. Needless to say, in order to sustain that kind of growth, it’s of utmost importance that you keep yours warm, hydrated and well-fed. Kittens that fail to gain weight should receive a medical checkup from vets for health ailments, deformities and so on. In the case everything proceeds smoothly, your cat should get to the 6-month mark healthily.
Growth Of Cats
Before learning the ideal weight of your pet, it’s good to understand their growth rate. A young kitten should gain approximately a quarter-ounce to a half-ounce a day until it reaches between 4 and 5 weeks old. Within the first week, it should almost double its weight. The growth rate of kittens might slow down a bit but should continue at around 1 pound a month. A kitten that does not gain weight (or even loses some) or is not eating properly should be taken to a vet for a check up. Kittens are fragile and will not survive long without proper nutrition.
At six months of age, your kitten may look like a little adult, but that does not mean it has reached its adult size. Considering the standard growth rate, kittens should weigh approximately 6 pounds after half a year but it varies from breed to breed. They will have lanky torsos and legs that may seem a little disproportionate. Although kittens at this age are still not fully grown in size, sexual maturity can already occur. You might want to consider getting your pet neutered or spayed.
Ideal Weight Of Cats
Most domestic cats should weigh around 10 pounds as adults, depending on breed and frame. A Siamese cat may weigh as little as 5 pounds, while a Maine Coon can be 25 pounds. So at 6 months, your average cat should just be around 6 pounds, but then again, it depends on the breed of your cat.
Consulting your vet is a good way to check if your pet’s weight is sufficient. But there are some signs you can look for on your own. When you’re looking down at your cat, it should have that hourglass figure. It shouldn’t have a saggy belly hanging down, and you should be able to feel its ribs. Otherwise, your cat may be obese.
How Much Should They Weigh?
The birth weight of each kitten should be recorded, and weight should be taken every day or two for the first four weeks of life. Starting in their fifth week, you can switch to weekly weigh-ins. A digital food scale with capacity up to 5 pounds works best for these measurements. Kittens normally weigh between 80 to 120 grams (g) at birth. They gain about 100g/week during their first six months of life and should average at least 7g per day.
Tips For Healthy Kitten Weight Gain
Your kitten’s growth may be affected by many factors, including genetics, nutrition, parasites, illnesses, surgeries, and other variables.
So, how do you ensure your kitten is growing at a healthy rate? Try these tips.
- Feed your pet kitten food, not adult food, since kittens and adult cats have different nutritional needs.
- Use the feeding guidelines on your kitten food packaging as a starting point for how much to feed and adjust over time as your kitten grows (and adjust again as their growth slows down).
- Feed several small meals per day, rather than one big meal.
- Don’t add supplements or vitamins unless specifically instructed to do so by your vet. It’s possible to have “too much of a good thing,” and excesses of certain nutrients can cause health problems.
- Monitor your kitty. Their weight and body condition will be checked at each kitten visit, and you can always call your vet’s office with questions between appointments.
Weight Development In Kittens
In the first two or three days after the birth, kittens often lose some weight. However, the weight of kittens should continuously increase afterwards. Up to the age of 12 weeks, they put on an average of 7 to 10 grams per week. When their milk teeth emerge, they often have less appetite and gain weight somewhat slower. Development is the same for males and females up to around eight weeks of age. The difference between the sexes becomes evident afterwards: small males gain weight quicker than small females.
When And How Should A 6 Month Old Kitten Be Weighed?
If you have a baby scale, feel free to use it to weigh your kitten and if you don’t have one just use your electronic kitchen scale. In both cases, care should be taken to wash and disinfect the scale after use From 6 months to 12 months, it is recommended to weigh your kitten once a month (always on the same day and at the same time) and to note the different monthly weights in a notebook. Thus, you will be able to see more easily if there is a big gap upwards but especially downwards.
What Is The Weight Of A 6 Month Old Kitten?
Depending on its breed and gender, the average and approximate weight of a 6 month old kitten is between 2,5 kg to 3,5 kg The weight of a cat and a kitten varies enormously according to its breed, its age, its physical activity and its genes… To calculate the “reference weight” or the curve of the ideal weight of a kitten is impossible because too many factors interfere in these calculations. The indication of the weights that I am communicating to you on this blog is therefore only an approximate indication of the average weights observed according to age.
How Does The Weight Of A Kitten Change From 6 Months?
Un 6 month old kitten is starting to look like a small adult but that doesn’t mean it has reached full adult size. Indeed, from 6 months, a kitten’s weight will not increase as quickly, it will continue to increase but more slowly. Its growth will slow down a bit. It will take in about 100 to 150 grams per month. Thus, at the age of 12 months which corresponds to adulthood, the average weight of a male will turn more or less around 4 to 5 kg and of a female around 3,5 to 4 kg.