One little kitten has opened their eyes today…
YOUR KITTEN: WEEK 1
Physical development: One-week-old kittens will have eyes closed, but no umbilical cord. They will still have no teeth. Claws will still be non-retractable. Around 7 days, the ear canals will slowly begin to open and the ears will slightly unfold. Between 8 to 12 days, the eyes will slowly begin to open, which can occur over the course of several days. One eye may open more quickly than the other; it’s important to let the kitten’s eyes open at their own pace. All kittens will be born with blue eyes, which will transition to an adult eye color with age.
Behavioral development: One-week-old kittens, though larger than newborns, will still be mostly uncoordinated and will similarly sleep for the majority of the day. At this age, they should be able to hold their head up, move by wiggling their limbs, and be active and vocal if handled.
Average temperature: 97-98 degrees F. It is critical to provide a gentle heat source to keep the kitten warm and stable. The kitten’s environment should be kept around 80 degrees at this time.
Average weight: 5.3-8.8 ounces (150-250 grams). By 1 week of age, the kitten should have roughly doubled her birth weight.
Care information: One-week-old kittens belong with their mother full-time. If no mother is present, they must be fed with a bottle and kitten formula every two to three hours by a knowledgeable caregiver, stimulated to go to the bathroom, and kept an appropriate temperature.