What kittens in “ infancy “ and how to treat them?
Usually we take kittens who are already more or less able to lead an independent life in the house: is from a bowl, to lick a hair, to go to a toilet not where “ it will want “ and there, where “ it is required “. Kids study everything at mother - cats, attentively watching her habits. Therefore kittens are also tried to be taken from cats with good character. But the majority of us sees kittens how they mastered all necessary skills. And with what they are born and how there is their development before hit to the new owner?
In the first weeks of the life kittens pass approximately identical stages of development. The kitten who later than usual began to get used to people can also learn to live amicably with them, but for this purpose he will need much more time, love and support. Therefore the knowledge of stages of development of kittens allows us to understand better characteristic needs and features of behavior of our favourites.
Right after the birth kittens weigh 85 - 145 g and react only to heat, a touch and a smell. At the expense of a keen sense of smell they find the personal nipple mothers to whom do not wish to share with anybody. Kittens with greed suck milk, but are not able to defecate yet independently therefore mother carefully licks at them under a tail.
In the first week of life protect densely closed ears and the eyes covered for centuries from excess irritants of kittens. At this time usually it is not recommended to people without need to approach kittens and to take them on hands. Though everything depends on your relations with a cat. For example, my cat pressed my continuous presence and quietly reacted to the fact that I in the first day took kittens on hands and considered. Though, once the kitten began to squeak, having lost mother, the cat let know at once that “ good gradually “.
The second week of life is characterized by the fact that kittens begin to see clearly and begin to look at the world blue eyes. They open external acoustical passes and ears begin to rise, kittens urinate now and empty intestines. At this time at them milk teeth begin to be cut. It is recommended to take accurately kittens on hands and several minutes tenderly to talk to them that they learned to trust people. But to carry away them everything is far from a cat - it is undesirable.
On the third week kittens begin to move, play, get up actively on hinder legs to get out of the shelter. My cat always during such periods lived with kittens in a convenient cardboard box. In the third week kittens began to annoy me a gnash of claws on a box, trying to get out to a scope. By the way, they still involve claws ineptly, can scratch. In the same time it is possible to put near a box a toilet for kittens - the cat who was tired to clean after the offsprings quickly will teach them to use a toilet.
At the age of 4 - 6 weeks socialization of kittens begins. They already strong stand on paws and intensively grow, are able to look after themselves and play with each other and with people. From this age the feeding up is entered. In most cases kittens completely pass to artificial feeding on the eighth week of life. By eighth week blue eyes begin to get the color peculiar to an adult cat.
Despite the increasing independence, 6 - 8 - week kittens are not recommended to be separated from mother. Though my personal experience demonstrates that the loving and careful owner can give kittens in 6 weeks. Of course, to both of them (to a kitten and his owner) it will be difficult, but kindness and caress of people can bring up to itself the loyal friend. Whereas 2 - 3 - monthly kittens already have the character put by communication with former owners.
But whatever was the age of a kitten, respect the little friend, love and appreciate it! Cats thinly feel ours to them the relation and mood.