As a breeder, it is important that you know how kittens develop, so you can make sure that the kittens have the opportunity to develop optimally - both physically and mentally. Below is a review of kittens development during the first 12 - 14 weeks after birth.
During this period, the kittens are totally dependent on their mother. The kittens sleep most of the time. They cannot control their body temperature and therefore need each other and their mother to keep warm. The mother only leaves the kittens when she absolutely has to. The kittens can't even get rid of urine and stools. Their mother must stimulate them for this by licking them on the abdomen and around the genitals.
Usually, the eyes of kittens will be opened when they are 7-10 days old, but it can vary a lot - both between the individual litters and between the kittens within a litter. In the beginning, however, the kittens are not able to distinguish the surroundings clearly and orient themselves by means of their eyesight.
After birth, the kittens move forward with the help of their front legs, pulling their hind legs behind them. But during the first two weeks, the ability to use the hind legs also develops. In the latter part of the period, the kittens begin to crawl around and play with each other.
For the first 3 weeks I give the kittens and their mother peace. It is therefore only me who has to deal with missemor and the kittens.
I weigh the kittens twice a day, and keep an account of the fact that they take it on as they should, and that missemor fits them as she should. Is it big litter, supplemented with liquid KMR, and mormis drinks the rest. It is important that she has energy and not lose herself.
The kittens' sense of smell is now fully developed. They can groom themselves and their play becomes more violent. In addition, they can start eating other than mother's milk. I feed raw with yellow MUSH to missemor and kittens. The mother can lie down a bit from the kittens and call them.
During the period, the kittens' ability to distinguish objects from one another and orient themselves develops. In order for this ability to develop normally, it is important that the kittens have many different visual impressions, because their surrounding environment is as stimulating as possible.
At the same time, it is important that they know where their Secure base is, so the playpen should not be too big. They start walking on the litter box, but can also taste the "cat litter", so I use coarse oatmeal or tiny pellets ...
The kittens "play" with each other in play, and they crawl around and examine the immediate surroundings.
The kittens must start learning to hunt. The mother brings food - for example, the day-old chicks - to them and shows what to do with them. The mother is never away from the kittens for over an hour. And the kittens live when she comes home or calls them.
The mother can sometimes go away from the kittens to get peace, but she steps in when the kittens play with each other becomes too violent.
The mother continues to bring food to the kittens, but they also eat from the dish themselves. The kittens are still 4-5 times a day. They spend a lot of time playing with each other and with the mother, who, however, begins to reject them from time to time.
The kittens still live approx. twice a day. However, this happens less and less on the mother's initiative, but the kittens are allowed if they insist, and there are cases where kittens are as late as the 16-week-old. The mother takes longer and longer trips away from the kittens, and she rarely settles with them.
Cat litter is thus very dependent on their mother for a long time. It is probably along with that cats must have learned to cope with themselves when they need to leave home and establish their own territory.
Cats from CatsbyLove move away from home when they are 14 weeks old. Experience shows that the last two weeks do wonders for the kitten self-confidence. It gives us time to get them fully vaccinated and neutralized so that they are secured in the best possible way before moving in with their new family. New owners are free to go to the vet to get the first vaccine and can spend the time getting the kitten to fall well in his new home.