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Feline Ages & Life Stages

Kittens 9 Weeks To 12 Weeks:  3 Months Old
(2-4 Years Old In Human Years)

!!  Always On The Go !!

Kittens this age are nothing but bundles of energy, and therefore need access to a high quality kitten diet, moist or dry, at all times.  After all that play, kittens need a safe place to nap, and very often will fall asleep so deeply that nothing seems to wake them.  Kitten proofing your home is very important to providing a safe place to climb, jump, and play.

Nine Weeks Old:  Kittens have a better grasp on feeding and grooming themselves.  Now is when they are learning their cat manners, and how to socialize with other cats as they wrestle with siblings and mom.  If you have a single kitten, bringing them to kitten play groups at this time will help them socialize with other cats, and learn what it means to be a cat.

Ten Weeks Old:  Regular brushing sessions can now introduce the feline nail clipper.  Kittens that learn how to let their nails be cut at a young age make the process easier for you to do at home when they get older.  If you need assistance, ask at your kitten’s next Veterinarian visit how best to clip their nails.  If your kitten got their first series of vaccinations at six weeks old, now is the time for their second series, as well as their second de-worming.

Eleven Weeks Old:  Kittens instinctively practice hunting and stalking techniques, and your ankle may be the unfortunate prey.  Provide your kitten a wrestling partner in the form of a stuffed animal that is roughly their size so that the kitten does not target your hands and feet for rough play. A belled collar is especially important to keep track of kitten whereabouts.

Twelve Weeks Old:  Another trip to Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness Center for the second boosters of the kitten vaccination series, as well as a second de-worming, is in store for your kitten if their first series of vaccinations were at eight weeks old.  Kittens should be fully weaned, and eating a high quality kitten diet on their own, as well as drinking from a water dish.

Feline Wellness:  If you are planning to adopt out kittens to other people, now is the perfect age to do so.  They have been given their first and second series of vaccinations to protect them from Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FRVCP), and de-wormed.  But remind the new kitten parents that their companion still needs a third round of vaccination, and should be tested for both the  Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

Medical Concerns:  Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus can be passed on from mother to kitten.  Between six and twelve weeks old is the best time to test a kitten to see if they are carriers of these diseases.  If they are carriers (come up positive on FeLV and/or FIV tests), discuss with your Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness PetCare Team what sort of lifestyle changes you and your kitten need to make to keep them healthy.

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I want to thank Dr. Winkler and his staff. They are the most compassionate animal care center ever. And when we recently had to put our kitty down, no where else will you receive the compassion they show. God bless them for their kindness and caring hearts.

Barbara B.
Selden, NY

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