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What age can cats have kittens

As with all mammals, the average age at which female cats can have their first kitten is around six years. This is a breed-specific characteristic of the breed. Some female cats can have kittens as young as five years old.

The average number of kittens that a female cat can have in a lifetime (at least two, but sometimes three or four) is around seven to nine.

How big are kittens?

As with all mammals, the average size of a kitten is about the size of a mouse. The weight of a kitten on average is about 6 grams.

How do kittens grow?

Kittens grow at a rate of about 0.25 ounces (6 grams) a day. Kittens grow up to 10 times faster than humans. This means that a kitten will double in size in just a month.

The average lifespan of a kitten is around 12 months.

How can kittens bite?

Kittens have very sharp teeth. If you pick up a kitten, hold them by the scruff of the neck and give them a firm but gentle pinch on their nose, they will often respond by licking your finger.

If the kitten bites, the wound will feel like a small bite, and you will probably have no reason to be concerned about it. However, if you spot any unusual swelling or redness, it is best to seek medical advice.

What are kitten diseases?

Kittens are very susceptible to germs and disease. Kittens can catch anything that their mother catches, and sometimes, even if you buy your kitten from a reputable breeder, they will still come home with germs and disease.

Kittens can catch everything from pneumonia to worms and can even die of illnesses that are not even related to them.

Common diseases in kittens:

Parvo (parvovirus)

Roundworm (Toxocara)

Dwarf Cat Herpes Virus

Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

Can kittens get worms?

Yes, kittens can get worms. In the UK, worms are the most common infection to affect kittens. Other common parasites include ringworm, ear mites and fleas.

How do you treat worms in kittens?

The best way to treat worms in kittens is to treat their mother. If you are concerned that your kitten is suffering from a worm, it is best to visit your vet.

When will kittens be ready to be rehomed?

Kittens can be rehomed as soon as they reach four to six weeks of age. Kittens can be rehomed if they are healthy and they are not too young or too old.

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