Stages of development: when kittens open their eyes and stand on their paws
What a wonderful creature - newborn kittens. They are still completely helpless, but so cute. Now we will talk about how the process of development of these small lumps occurs, when the kittens open their eyes and when they begin to walk. We will try to highlight the most basic and interesting moments.
Somewhere on the fifth day of life, kittens begin to erupt into hearing, and by about three weeks their ears become familiar to us.
And when do kittens open their eyes?
This process begins around the seventh day of life and lasts about a week. It occurs in several stages. First, the kids open their eyes a little, they look like slits, and after that they already open up fully. During this period, you can see these funny curious pale blue "beads" of small lumps. It is desirable that at this time the kids were in the twilight, a bright light for them to anything.Already on the 14th day the kittens finally open their eyes. If before this time in some kitten they have not opened, then they should be washed with a very weak solution of boric acid. Although for these purposes it is also recommended to use hard-boiled tea. After the procedure, try to glue eyes. It is worth noting that the time of full opening depends entirely on the gestational age of the cat. For example, if the cat gave birth on the 68th day of pregnancy, her kittens will open their eyes earlier. In addition, in short-haired cats, this process is faster than that of long-haired fellows. By the way, a lot depends on the breed. For example, sphinxes. Their kittens open their eyes on the third or fifth day of life. The same phenomenon is observed in Rex cats. Now, I hope, it became clear to all when the kittens open their eyes.
What happens to them next?
After three weeks, the pigmentation of the eye begins. The process ends somewhere around the twelfth week of life, during this period they acquire color. Finally, brightness, saturation and eye color are formed for about six months. Siamese kittens have very bright blue eyes in adolescence, and later they become more faded.
And here are our teeth
The kittens begin to cut milk teeth from the twelfth day of life. First there are incisors, and then fangs and premolars. Already by six to eight weeks their mouth is full of teeth that are sharp as needles. During this period, the mom-cat suffers greatly, as the kittens bite her hard during feeding. In addition, now you need to trim the claws so that they do not scratch the tender mammary glands of the cat. At the same time, such a procedure will help to avoid eye injuries in littermates.
Some more important stages
Already in two weeks, kittens are interested in the outside world. At the same time, they begin to demand that they be fed. By the eighteenth day of life, babies are on their feet. Almost immediately after that, they begin to actively play with each other. The development of kittens is extremely fast, it is very difficult to keep track of them. Already in 2 months kittens can be separated from the mother.
Now you know when the kittens open their eyes and when they begin to hear. Let this information be useful in your life. You may want to breed cats soon. This process is very exciting and useful, especially for single people.