When Does A Kitten Become A Cat

When Does A Kitten Become A Cat? Treasure the Exciting Years


ll creatures grow up. Even your little kitty. But that doesn’t mean you’ll love your pet less when the furball grows up. In fact, your bond will only go stronger. A kitten’s first year with you is undeniably critical. There you get to care for your pet to be physically fit, to see its distinctive personality traits, and how the kitten develops a relationship with you.

Unlike humans, though, we can’t tell which development stage our cats are at. Are they toddlers or teens in human years? Because of this indistinct phase, new pet owners ask, When does a kitten become a cat?” The American Animal Hospital Association has guidelines.

We’ll break it you a cat’s life from his wobbly steps to being independent on its own.

A Cat’s First Six Weeks

A Cat’s First Six Weeks

Caring for a newborn kitty is a bit daunting, seeing how frail and helpless it is. They are so small and light. In fact, they can fit in your palm! But, not to worry, the kittens’ mama cat is around her litters and would be very protective of them. Awww. When does a kitten become a cat? Because you’ll be having a hard time letting go of their baby years.

  • First week

  • Newborns still have their umbilical cords.
  • Their eyes and ears are close.
  • Close to Mama Cat
  • Won’t be interacting with its brothers and sisters
  • Will just automatically poop, pee, eat and sleep.
  • Second week

  • Kittens grow twice their original weight.
  • Can open their eyes, but vision may still be blurry.
  • Physical senses are developing.
  • Their sense of smell is improving.
  • Oh, look! Brothers and sisters!
  • Third week

  • Ears are open and kitties can hear.
  • Eyes will have to change color.
  • Their sense of smell is good.
  • Knows how to poop and pee on their own. But mama cat will groom them because kittens don’t know how.
  • They can purr now, and it seems like their teeth are developing.
  • Fourth week

  • Kittens can stand!
  • They wobble when they walk.
  • Their head, body, legs are all in disproportion.
  • Little furballs would venture around.
  • They can interact with other litters and might be forming friendship groups of their own.
  • Fifth week

  • Kittens are a bit active now. They can play and further venture out but won’t be too far from mama cat.
  • They can take canned cat foods. Just do it gradually.
  • Mama cat starts to wean her litters.
  • Training for the use of litter box can start at this point.
  • You can start socializing with your kittens!
  • Sixth week

  • Your kittens will show their personalities!
  • They can run and play.
  • They can socialize with you.
  • The kittens are still observing their mother’s ways.
  • You can buy toys for them to play.


Let mama cat take care of her kittens before you can chime in. You can just assist your kitty and watch for any problems that may arise. But let mama handle it. The one thing you can do is to take care of mother cat. Remember to prepare a proper diet, grooming essentials, and don’t let mama get stressed out.

You can socialize with the kittens by their fifth week.

Seven to Twelve Weeks

A Cat’s Seven to Twelve Weeks

Kittens here continue to grow. They love to play and would demand attention. But most of all, they would follow what adult cats do. During this stage, body coordination and knowledge of how the world works to kittens are significant. Just continue playing and checking them.


This period in your cat’s life is so actively adventurous. Therefore, it’s the best time to play with them too. However, keep an eye out for danger. Your kittens could fall in a hole or could get out of the house. So be vigilant.

Three to Six Months

A Cat’s Three to Six Months

Give your kittens something to chew! At this time, their adult teeth will grow, and their baby teeth will fall. Massage your kitties’ gums to soothe them. Also, your kittens would love to think that they’re “adults” now. So, expect a couple of fights.

They would push on to other cats of their individuality. And have the decisiveness on which “place” or rank they are in your hierarchy of cats. Both female and male kitties are also becoming sexually active by their fourth or fifth month. But female cats can be pregnant at this stage.


They’re not teens yet, but they act like one. It’s amusing to see them like that. Like petulant children, they want to try out everything and how the world sees them. Just prepare gloves in case a cat fight ensues. And if you don’t want your female cats to be pregnant at that age, either you spay them or separate them from the group.

Six to Twelve Months

A Cat’s Six to Twelve Months

Cats continue that “attitude” they have and would be more intense. They are equivalent to a 15-year old teenager. In any case, they may display that “identity crisis.” But cats are more likely to test how adulthood fits them. When does a kitten become a cat, again? At this point, you can’t just wait.


He’ll come around. Just be patient, though. Don’t get exasperated (yes, you would).

Twelve to Eighteen Months

A Cat'sTwelve to Eighteen Months

Gasp! Your kittens are now cats! My, oh, my. How time flies. Of course, they still need proper care, but it’s not that much when they were still young. And adult cats are the best!

Whatever their age may be, they need all the love and attention in the world! Do you document your cat’s first year? Do you take photos of them? Share them with us and let’s make a gallery out our cat pictures!

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