Kitten to Cat How old are kittens when they open their eyes for the first time? Kitten’s begin to open their eyes from 1 week to 10 days. A kitten this age is smaller than your hand. At 3 weeks a kitten’s eyes are fully open, ears are erect, and teeth are visible. Kittens this age are just starting to walk and will be very wobbly. How many hours a day does a kitten sleep? A new born kitten’s daily routine is made up of sleeping 90 percent of the time — that is almost 22 hours! As kittens mature beyond the new born stage, they will sleep less; but even at six months of age they still manage to spend about 16 to 20 hours a day dozing. What do you feed an 8 week old kitten? Your 8-week-old may begin eating dry or canned kitten food, but still has a tiny tummy, so it’s best to feed smaller, frequent meals. Your veterinarian can recommend the best kitten food for your feline friend. Do kitten eyes change colour? Kittens are usually born with blue eyes. Their eye pigment starts to change at around 8 – 12 weeks of age. By 4 months of age, a kitten’s eye coloration should mature into their adult colour How do you tell how big a kitten will get? Kittens at different ages grow at different rates. Kittens less than 6 months of age grow relatively fast. Generally, an adult cat will weigh about twice as much as she did when she was 4 months of age. When can a cat go outside? It is best to keep your kitten indoors until they are 6 months, however much they are trying to escape to get outside. It’s essential that they have been vaccinated and neutered before allowing them unsupervised access. If you have adopted an adult cat you probably will have been advised to keep it in for 2-3 weeks to settle into its new home. What age can you get a cat neutered? In order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, it’s recommended that cats are neutered at around four months old, after they have completed their primary vaccinations. Some vets still recommend spaying at five or six months but it’s quite safe to neuter older cats. What is the age of a mature cat? All these and more are signs that your little kitten is growing up: An unsprayed female cat typically reaches sexual maturity at around six months of age, although Oriental breeds such as Siamese cats can have their first heat as early as 5 months, while Persians may be 10 months old before they become sexually mature. How long does it take for a kitten to become a cat? In general, a kitten is considered an adult cat when it reaches 1 year of age, but your cat may not actually be fully grown at this point. Kittens typically reach a length and weight close to their full-grown size by 9 to 12 months of age. What age does a cat stop growing? There are a couple of growth periods for cats. The first takes about 4 months and takes them into the kitten stage. The second growth period of a kitten takes them from about 4 months to somewhere between 8 and 12 months to adult size depending on the size of the breed. Do you need Cat Insurance? In the unfortunate event that your cat falls ill or has an accident our pet insurance will ensure they are covered for treatments and you won’t have to worry about vet bills as we’ll pay them, in line with your policy terms. Getting your cat insured from an early age is advisable and our kitten insurance offers you peace of mind, knowing that they can be treated with the care they deserve if they become unwell.