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.