How to Tell Your Kitten’s Age

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There is no sure way to tell the exact age of a kitten, but you can estimate by examining them physically and watching them closely. Are their eyes open? Are they still blue? (Some cats’ eyes never change, so this isn’t always a guarantee.) Are their teeth in? If so, how many and how are they shaped? As far as their actions, do they walk with confidence or are they a little shaky on their legs? Are they socializing with their litter mates? I’ve done a little research on this subject and here’s what I’ve found. 

When I bring a kitten to the vet for the first time, one of the first things I ask is how old is it. There are things that you can look for to estimate the kitten’s age.

At birth, the kitten’s ears and ears are closed. The eyes open during the second week, and the ears open when he is about three weeks old, causing the kitten to perk up and take notice of the world around him. It’s at this time that his eyes will start to change color to their permanent color. 

The teeth of a cat often tells his age. Like a human, kittens are born with no teeth. Also like humans, they have two sets, baby and permanent. There are two differences between the first and the second sets of teeth. The first set, or baby teeth, are small and pointed, while the second set are larger and have flat edges. The baby teeth start to come in when the kitten is about three weeks old. About eleven weeks later, at fourteen weeks, the middle incisors come in. Then at about about fifteen weeks the second incisors and at sixteen weeks the third incisors come in. 

Example by ASACA: if the kitten has both his first permanent incisors but not her second or third incisors, our best guess would be that he is 14 weeks old

At birth, the kitten makes sounds that are no more than soft mews, telling mom that he is hungry. When he is three weeks, he begins to purr.

Also at three weeks, he will venture out on shaky legs, and about four weeks, he will be more confident in his wanderings. It’s then that you need to kitten proof your home. We will discuss this in a future post.

He will start to socialize with his litter mates at about four or five weeks. It’s then that you want him to get used to socializing with you very slowly. The best way to do this is with cuddles.

By the time he is a year old, he is no longer a kitten.

Being a guardian to a kitten is work, but it’s worth the endless rewards you’ll receive for years to come.

 

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PLA Event

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I’m back! And I have exciting news for you.

I’ve just returned from Nashville, Tennessee where I attended a book signing that wasput on by the PLA (Public Library Association). This event was full of librarians looking for books, etc. to fill their libraries.

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There were so many booths there…too many to visit. The conference went from Wednesday to Friday, and a person could not possibly see everything there was to see in that amount of time. Of course, there were a lot of authors signing their books, but more than that, there were oodles of things that were associated with libraries and learning.

 

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The people I met were awesome, too. Below is a picture of the representatives for Ingram (the distributors that my publisher uses).

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I received a pleasant surprise when I arrived at the Ingram booth. One of the ladies informed me that some people were excited to see me and get a signed copy of Harry’s second book, The Jamaican Mission, (which is on Amazon for preorder now). Imagine how I felt! All of the books that my publisher sent for me to sign were gone before my allotted time was up. Yippee! It seems that a lot of librarians love cats. One even stopped to tell me that their library had a cat for a mascot!

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After my first session was done, my friend and I had the pleasure of meeting with another author for lunch. Some of you might know her. Carla Vergot is the creator of Lily Barlow. Carla has written two smashing books starring her lovable character. You can visit with Carla on her FB group, “Carla Vergot’s Back Porch”.

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Below is a picture of my friend and I at Barlines where we had lunch with Carla. (I’m the one in the red sweater.) Even though it was first time we had met Carla, we felt as if we had known her for years.

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All in all, it was a great trip. I met some wonderful people and I’m looking forward to the next signing.

5 Ways To Talk To Your Cat (and he will understand)

 

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This beautiful kitten is KeeKee and she will be helping to make her lucky guardian happy.  As you can see, she is kickin’ back and adoring the photographer. Enough of that.  Here we go for the tips:

  1. The first thing to know is the cat’s “Love Language”.  This isn’t very hard.  Anyone can do it.  Ready for this: it is what they call “The Slow Blink”. Get down to your cats level and blink very slowly.  Do it again…and again, until he returns that seductive blink.
  2.  Body Language:  we all have body language; you know, like when a person leans towards the speaker, it means that whoever is talking has the full attention of the listener, whereas leaning back with their arms crossed in front of them generally means that the listener is turned off by the speaker or he might not agree with what he is hearing. Well, believe it or not, your cat speaks with his own special language. He says volumes with the position of his tail. (We will hit this topic next time.) more on tails
  3.  The way that cats greet other cats is by bumping noses.  You can replicate this by, again, crouching down to his level, curling your index finger and slowly reach out and gently touch his nose.
  4. Happy times, i.e. dinnertime, playtime, etc., call for happy voice.  Use your high-pitched, sing-song voice.
  5. . One thing I do when my cat, who is a 25 lb. bruiser, sits on me, is to say, in a stern voice, “Ow”, and he gets off of me.  Now granted, this may not work the first time you try it, but don’t give up.

Cats are smart animals and they catch on fast, as long as you speak their language.

 

Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs

Dead Wrong is the first of The Blackmore Sisters Series written by Leighann Dobbs.

This delightful cozy mystery series is about Fiona, Morgan, Celeste,  Jolene Blackmore and their cat,  who live in the family home in the small town of Noquitt, Maine.  

The first book of the series is Dead Wrong. It opens with one of the sisters, Morgan, and the town busy-body, Prudence, having words in front of the coffee shop. Unfortunately for Morgan, the patrons of the restaurant saw the two woman in an animated discussion and got the wrong idea. Everyone knew that Prudence despised the four Blackmore sisters and the feeling was mutual. Therefore when she turned up dead, Morgan was accused of doing the dirty deed.  The next thing she knew, she was in jail.

The sisters fretted over how they would get the money for Morgan’s bail.  In walks Belladonna.  This lovable cat has her own special way of helping to clear Morgan’s name.  When the other sisters try a little sleuthing on their own, they meet with nothing but trouble, until a handsome deputy comes to the rescue. Bella allows him to join her in helping the girls.

Dead Wrong is a fast read, as well as a charming story. I love the characters and will continue the series to find out what trouble the girls and Belladonna get into next.

Why Adopt a Cat?

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Last week was the biggest adoption event of the year, so I want to tell you my experience with my adopted cats.

“Cats are independent and don’t care if you are there or not.” I hear this from people all the time.

Another blanket statement I hear is, “Cats don’t show love and they have minds of their own so you can’t get them to do what you want to.”

Both of these statements are true…sometimes. I happen to know that cats can and do show love; and some are even dependent on their person…if they deem that person is worthy. I have one that won’t leave me alone and one that comes up on my lap only at certain times of the day.

Cats are smart, too. Why, my cats even mind! I have taught them to”go” when I’m in the kitchen. (There is nothing worse that to have a cat under foot.)  I have also taught them to “get out of my way” and to “come” (although they are still working on that one).

What made me a cat person you may ask? I’m glad you asked.  When I moved into my new home, I wanted someone with whom I could share my life.  I really wanted a dog. After all, I always had dogs. But, alas I didn’t have a fenced-in yard for a dog to play in. So, reluctantly, I adopted Monkeyface, a gorgeous Maine Coon, from a rescue. I found myself adopting another to keep Monkeyface company.

I started volunteereing at the rescue. Soon the founder put me in charge of writing monthly columns in two local paper.  I did a lot of research on cats and wrote about breeds, history, behavioral issues, and more.

People would ask me about cats behavioral problems, etc.  so I gave them the best information that I knew. Pretty soon, I heard someone refer to me as ‘cat lady’.  A name of which I am very proud.

Now, understand that I’m no expert.  I just know what I have read over the past twenty years.

Sadly, cats have had a  bad rep handed to them, but all cats are not alike.  They, just like dogs, have their own personalities, all are special in their own way. You cat people know what I mean!

Yes, I believe that cats will love, mind and even worship their person, just like a dog…well almost. If you still need convincing, just keep coming back to Harry the Wonder Cat’s blog!