Fases of age

First week Second week Third week
Fourth week Fifth week Sixth week

The first week in the life of a kitten.

  Not much activity is to be expected. The kittens will move a little, yawn, or will be heard. Their day will about 90% be filled with sleeping. The remaining 10% will be spent on the ritual of feeding and stimulating. Don't be surprised when they show they can already hiss and purr. Kittens have a good sense of smell and will react to something strange to them by hissing. They must get used to the scent of the person who is taking care of them. They can purr already, especially when it's nicely warm and they can go to sleep with their bellies filled.

Second week.

  There will be more activity. The eyes will open, one kitten will do this sooner then an other kitten. The color of the eyes will often be a beautiful blue. The kittens will produce more regularly stool. When the litter consists of more then one kitten, they will try to interact by playing and fighting, they will even hiss to each other. The first attempts to wash themselves will appear. It is advisable tot put a small litterbox near the den. It is already possible to get them housetrained. While stimulating the kitten, keep it above the small litterbox, so the urine will get into the cat litter. When the little one produces some stool, put that also in the litterbox. These scents will help the kittens to understand what the meaning of the litterbox is. From time to time you can put a kitten in the litterbox, let it make scratching movements with his front paws.

Third week.

  It's getting busier in the den. The kittens will go to the litterbox more often. Don't forget to keep stimulating the bowel and bladder movements a couple of times a day, they still need it.
  The milk teething is breaking through. It will be there before you know it. The young ones are getting to recognize people. Some will begin to purr as soon as you look at them. It is also nice to see at this age when they're spitting at each other. At this age one can laugh with it, but when they continue to do so at a older age, it's not that funny anymore. It is common for them to lose this kind of behavior when they are about six weeks old. The different characters are developing en recognizable. They get interested in playing with toys.
  A tennis ball is very much appreciated. A kitten can fold all four paws around it, and it can kick against it, a good exercise. Other toys which can be given are pingpongballs, toymice, (do remove the eyes and nose of the toymouse, these often have sharp ends) little carton boxes to hide in, or a cork. Be careful with threads and plastic bags, when a kitten gets strangled in it, an accident can happen.

Fourth week.

  The kittens are already housetrained, as long as the litterbox is not to far away. One can try to let them eat independently. Sometimes they will succeed, more often they won't be able to do so. Some kittens won't eat canned food at all. When they get a bowl wit it in front of them, they will making scratching movements in it with one paw. They signal that they want to bury it. Practice a bit of patience then until you can feed them dry food. The first time they will encounter drinking water is also funny to see. There will be much sneezing. Provide a water bowl which is not to deep, and color the water with a drop of milk. The time has come to let the kittens get acquainted with the livingroom. Because they must get used to the daily noises which are custom to a household. The television, the vacuumcleaner and so on. The kittens can meet other animals, if there are any, the more the better, as long as the other animals accept the kittens. This is a very important stage in the life of the kittens, it will be decisive for their behavior when they get older. They can be transferred from their den to a larger room. Walking freely about is not without hazard for the kittens. An accident can happen easily, and a small animal like a kitten at this age often doesn't survive when it gets underneath a large human shoe, so you have to look before you walk.

Fifth week.

  One after each other, the will be able to eat, and get housetrained. Be alert on the fact if each kitten produces stool. They'll be more and more independent, and there will be more time to enjoy the company of the kittens. They'll be playing more and more together. Their play can be a bit rough, sometimes. It might occur a kitten has a closed eye, maybe a needle of a brother or sister has gotten into it. A little eye ointment can be helpfull. Clipping the outer points of the small needles can work preventive. The furniture will suffer a little. There is no play as funny for the young ones as to climb and glide on and off the couch. Also climbing into human legs is a favorite game. At summertime when most people walk around in bare legs, this will cause some discomfort. Take good care the kittens can't hurt themselves by falling from a height, they are not able yet to estimate distances. Be careful with doors also, before you know it a small monster could get trapped between it.

Sixth week.

  The little ones are dewormed for the first time. At this age they are real young cats with a will of their own. Together they can cause a real havoc. When things get out of hand, you can try to discourage them to do things. When they're doing something which is not allowed, point a little beam of water at them (with a watergun or a flowersprayer). Shout simultaneously 'NO'. Wit a little luck, a kitten will react to the 'NO' in the future by stopping whatever it is doing. That could be nice for the new owner. Notice that they'll coordinate the sleep- and play hours to the hours they get attention. They still need a lot of sleep.

Eight week and Ninth week in the life of a kitten.


The second deworming is administered. During the ninth week the veterinarian must be visited. The heart, lungs, mouth, sexual organs, skin, etc. of the kitten are checked. The kitten receives its first vaccination against cats disease and sneezing disease. See to it this examination is done thoroughly,and the findings are written down into the vaccination booklet.

It's my personal opinion this is also the right time to chip the kitten. A new owner often forgets to have the kitten chipped.

The vaccination must be repeated at the age of three months, don't forget to tell the new owner. Kittens are better protected to infections, that way. From this age the kittens may go to a new address. It is difficult to part from the little animals you cared for. It is a big comfort to know these kittens wouldn't have had a chance anyway to grow up to naughty young cats with their whole future ahead of them.