How Do You Tell the Age of a Kitten?


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Physical signs and behaviors are the best ways to determine the age of a kitten. Kittens develop in their own time based on genetics and environmental factors.

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For the first week, kittens are helpless, have their eyes and ears closed, and spend nearly all their time sleeping. Two-week-old kittens have their eyes and ears open and can wobble about. Three-week-old kittens begin to eat solid food and can walk steadily. At four weeks, kittens start to play, while five-week-old kittens start showing their personality. By six weeks, kittens are able to groom themselves. At 12 weeks, kittens are fully weaned and independent.

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