Friday, 16 May 2014

New Born Kittens Development - Week 1

During the first week of a kitten's life he will be concentrating on feeding and growth. At this point you might be asking yourself a few questions, here are a few answers that might help:

1. When will the new born kittens open their eyes? By the second week their eyes will begin to open although their vision will not be very clear at this stage. Do not force their eyes open as it could result in damage. All kittens have blue eyes at this stage.

2. When will the umbilical chord fall off? The umbilical cord should fall off within two or three days, but it could also take up to a week or so. However their eyes and ear canals will not be open yet.

3. When should I get my kitten vaccinated? Provided the mother has been vaccinated, or has natural immunity, the kittens will receive the same immunity for the first 24-48 hours through her colostrum (first milk). They will need to receive a vaccination course at 9 and 12 weeks. 

4. Should I let other animals near the new born kittens? Animals can be unpredictable, I have heard of male cats damaging new born kittens, so the short answer is NO.

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