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What age are cats weaned

Cats are usually weaned around four to six weeks of age.

What do I need to do when the kitten is weaned?

You will need to leave the kitten with their mother for a little while longer, which will help them build up their strength and teeth. For the first couple of days after weaning, it is better to have the kitten with their mother (you can't let them out of her sight too much) and, if at all possible, have the kitten with you all the time (your local vet will advise you).

How long does it take for a kitten to fully wean off milk?

This varies from kitten to kitten, and from mother to mother. It is important to remember that, despite what you may have read in other sources, the kitten cannot go from being 'dry' (weaned) to being 'wet' (recovering from lactation) in a week, or even a month.

How can I tell if my kitten is fully weaned?

The first thing to look at is the kitten's stool. It is important to wait until the kitten is fully weaned before you start doing this, as you may be tempted to start weaning sooner than you should. If the kitten is still being fed milk, it will be quite obvious. Kittens that have been weaned can pass stools that are as hard as rocks, and are pale in colour. The mother cat will still produce milk for her kittens when she goes to bed, and you will be able to easily tell the difference between the milk from the mother's milk and the milk from the kitten's stool.

The second thing to look for is the kitten's teeth. When the kitten is still being fed milk, you can see the milk in the kitten's mouth. This milk will be thick and yellow, and will stick to the kitten's teeth. The milk from a fully weaned kitten is no longer visible in the kitten's mouth.

Another way to tell if your kitten is fully weaned is to watch its behaviour. If your kitten is jumping around and playing, then it is likely that the kitten is fully weaned. If your kitten is quiet and laying in a ball, then it is still being fed milk.

What happens when a kitten is fully weaned?

When a kitten has been fully weaned, its mother will stop producing milk. This can be a hard thing to watch - the kitten is still hungry and will start crying when you are not around (although it will soon learn to feed on its own).

What can I do to help my kitten when it is fully weaned?

You will need to provide the kitten with adequate food, water and shelter. It is perfectly normal for the kitten to start begging for milk from the mother, particularly if the kitten is still being fed milk.

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