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What are the growth stages of cats?

 What are the life stages of cats? 

What are the growth stages of cats?

The life stages of cats are divided into six sections , in which the cat is exposed to many changes in the shape, size, weight and nature of food,  and these stages include small cats, young cats and older cats, and until cats reach the fun of big cats, they must be provided with appropriate care and vaccinations. And preventive examinations for any diseases, and the six stages are: 

Kittens younger than six months old 

At this stage the cat is characterized as growing very quickly, in terms of size, weight and shape, but it is not sexually mature.

The most important thing that distinguishes this stage from others is that the cat feeds on mother's milk through breastfeeding, and it often takes about two months to wean, as the majority of kittens are able to eat at the age of eight weeks. 

 At this stage, the cat from the age of 0-3 weeks uses its legs to move, but not completely, as its movement in movement resembles the movement of a swimmer (the cat’s limbs are spaced apart and moves in a manner similar to crawling), as the cat does not enjoy muscular motor development at this stage, after The third week, the cat begins to learn to walk. 

Cats do not need a long time to be able to open their eyes, so it is at this stage, specifically after the age of 7-10 days, that they begin to open their eyes, and by the second week of life they are able to open their eyes completely. 


Kittens from seven months to two years old 

The cat at this stage is able to deal independently with the environment and life so that it can survive, and the most important thing that distinguishes it at this stage is that it has reached its full size. The cat at this age is in the adolescence stage, and the most important characteristic of it is that the cat in it has strong teeth, as at this stage the milk teeth have been replaced, and he may begin sexual reproduction. 

Cats in this stage mainly eat food that contains high protein sources (meat). 


Cats from three to six years old 

Cats at this age achieve physical and behavioral maturity, are distinguished by their health and physical activity, their shape at this stage is distinguished from the rest of the stages in that they are striking as their hair is soft and shiny, and they deal with life usefully (as they are able to secure their food, and take care of their young ). 


Cats from seven to ten years old 

The cat at this stage is considered in the stage of youth, which is equivalent to the age of a human being at the age of 40 years, the most important thing that distinguishes this stage from others; The cat needs a lot of care, as it appears to have health problems such as diabetes, kidneys, high pressure and hyperthyroidism. 

Several symptoms may appear in cats that must be paid attention to at this age, the most important of which are: lethargy, weight loss, diarrhea, decreased activity, change in appetite, and changes in urine. 


Cats from 11 to 14 years old 

At this stage the cat is equivalent to the age of 70 years in humans, This stage is one of the difficult stages compared to other stages in which the cat may be exposed to many problems that are treatable in some of them, and at this stage her sense of smell begins to weaken, at this stage There are 5 common diseases that may affect cats: chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. 


Cats over 15 years old 

Many cats reach this stage, some cats do not develop any of the problems that a cat is exposed to at the age of 7-14 years, this stage is known as the aging stage, and the age of a cat at this stage is equivalent to the age of a human being at 76 years of age, cats need At this point to rest significantly.


cat fetus development stages 

The cat fetus goes through a number of stages, which are divided into 4 stages, as follows: 

fertilization stage 

At this stage, the female mates 10 to 20 times during the period of a month and a month and a half, when the mating process moves the egg from the bottom of the fallopian tube until it reaches the uterus and settles in it, as well as the sperm that moved from the male to the female, (sperm may be back for more than Male and therefore multiple fathers), Two weeks after the fertilization process, the stages of fetal development begin, as the organs, skin, placenta, skin and spinal cord begin to grow. 

The fetus after three weeks 

At the three-week stage, the length of the fetus is more than 2.5 cm, and the organs begin to form, and the faces are formed. At this stage, the signs of pregnancy begin to appear on the female cat (the mother), as the fetus begins to change in terms of size specifically.

As the cat’s weight increases due to its increased appetite for food , the mother cat at this stage is characterized by physical changes appearing on it, the most important of which is the change in the color of the nipples and their swelling, and the fetus is characterized by the fact that it begins to benefit from the nutrients that it obtains through the placenta.

The fetus after four weeks 

At this stage, the fetus has gained more change, especially in size, as it is 3.8 cm long. By the fourth week, the teeth of the fetus have formed, and the bones have begun to become strong. By the fifth week, the fetus swallows 6.3 cm, and their eyelids begin to form alongside the claws. The fetus at this stage also begins to move in the mother’s womb, and it must be addressed that they do not have hair at this stage yet, after the end of the 6th week, the length of the cat is more than 8 cm and its hair began to grow, its tails grew and its ears became large.

In the seventh and eighth week, the fetus has developed its sense of smell and mouth organs, especially the tongue. At this stage, the fetus begins to increase in size in terms of fat, as it begins to consume fat as a food element for it through the mother’s food through the placenta. 

prenatal stage 

At this stage and after 60 days (the ninth week), the length of the fetus is approximately 17 cm and its weight is 350 grams, and its organs are complete,  most cats may give birth at this stage as the fetus has reached the stage of full maturity (physical) and some cats may continue to Pregnancy for the tenth week, as it depends on the type of breed of the fetus.

At this stage, the mother cat begins to search for a quiet place for the fetuses to be safe in the event of birth, and one of the most important signs that the fetus and mother are at the time of labor is to notice the leakage of milk from the mother’s nipples, and she also begins to make a purring sound, and her contractions begin to be clear. And the mother's body temperature drops (by one degree).


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