New Born Kittens Development – Week 1

British Shorthair Kitten Development

During the first week of a kitten’s life, he will be concentrating on feeding and growth. At this point you might be asking yourself a few questions, here are a few answers that might help:

1. When will the newborn kittens open their eyes? 
By the second week their eyes will begin to open although their vision will not be very clear at this stage. Do not force their eyes open as it could result in damage. All kittens have blue eyes at this stage.

2. When will the umbilical cord fall off? 
The umbilical cord should fall off within two or three days, but it could also take up to a week or so. However, their eyes and ear canals will not be open yet.

3. When should I get my kitten vaccinated?
Provided the mother has been vaccinated or has natural immunity, the kittens will receive the same immunity for the first 24-48 hours through her colostrum (first milk). They will need to receive a vaccination course at 9 and 12 weeks.

4. Should I let other animals near the newborn kittens?
Animals can be unpredictable, I have heard of male cats damaging newborn kittens, so the short answer is NO.

Author: Eric De Souza

Hi, I’m Eric, and I love our British Shorthair cats. I am husband and a father and in my spare time, I like to read, play the guitar and explore the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

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