Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kittens 101: The First Two Weeks

Paisley's kittens turned 2 weeks old today! It's already going by way too fast! It is so cool to watch them grow and develop. For those of you that have or are expecting to have kittens in the future, here is what you can expect in their first two weeks of life:

1. They will begin to open their eyes, and some kittens may open their eyes completely by the time they are two weeks old. NEVER touch their eyes or try to help them open; this could cause a serious infection. Even though their eyes are open, they are actually still nearly blind as their eyes aren't able to focus for a few days after opening. They are also still deaf, have no teeth, and no sense of smell.


The kittens look a little strange when they are beginning to open their eyes, but once they do...



They are way too cute!!



2. Mama kitty will still take complete care of them, including cleaning them and taking care of "potty time". Make sure she always has plenty of clean water and food so she can keep those babies fed!


3. They may also start sitting up and moving around a lot more. Ours are already trying to walk!


4. It is now okay for you to start picking them up and holding them carefully for a minute or two at a time. Ours really don't like being held yet, but Paisley is okay with it.

5. They are still not able to keep very warm, so if it is cold where you live, I suggest keeping them either in your house, your garage, your barn, or anywhere that is somewhat warm. We have chosen to keep ours in the house for a few weeks, until they start needing a litter box. This is just to keep them safe from the many predators in our area in Oregon.
Kitten #1

Kitten #2

Kitten #3. They all have blue eyes at this age.

6. If you have had kittens many times before, you may be able to tell their gender, but it can be tough. We are pretty sure we have all girls!

That's pretty much it for now. They still don't do much except stare at you with those big, blue eyes!
Thanks for reading the 2nd post in the Kittens 101 series! Come back soon for another dose of cuteness! Comment below with any questions or suggestions! Which one would you keep?






18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, they're so tiny and cute!! I'm visiting today from Sincerely Paula's weekend blog party,

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  2. Adorable! I've never had kittens. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  3. OMG it is hard not to smile when looking at kittens and those are the two cutest kittens ever. You are so lucky that you get to watch them grow. Roechelle @ http://www.hugatreewithme.com

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  4. Here's something I just learned the hard way, Momma can get pregant again while she's still nursing the kittens!

    We just gave away our kittens last month. Rukia Roo-key-uh went to dr last week to get the operation. She is due to have kittens in a week or two!

    ~Wow~

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. Laura-
      I have experienced this before with a different cat. They can get pregnant just 4 weeks after delivery! We are okay with letting Paisley have a 2nd litter because we know we won't have any trouble giving them away.
      Good luck with Rukia! How many did she have last time?

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  5. I, personally, would have to keep both of those babies. We adopted two, brother and sister, kitties just before Christmas last year.. They have so much fun playing together.. They know each others names and one looks for the other if they are separated.
    There's nothing like a baby kitten to steal your heart. They just grow up too fast !
    Charlotte in Va.

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  6. They are DARLING! I would take #2. :) Thank you for sharing your kittens with us at the HomeAcre Hop. We'd love to see more of your posts tomorrow: http://blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

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    1. Thanks! I love sharing, so thanks for hosting this hop! More kitten cuteness coming next week :)

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  7. Couldn't resist clicking on a cute picture of a kitten on teh Graced Simplicity link up! I grew up in the country with lots and lots of litters of kittens through the years. Thanks for sharing, loved it!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! We LOVE them!

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  8. I want to love them and snuggle them. So Cute!

    I finally made it back from my trip so my comments are late...
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Looking forward to seeing what you share this week!

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesdays-with-twist-12-with-more-guests.html

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  9. What sweet faces! Thank you for sharing their story at last week's Tuesdays with a Twist Party! 'Can't wait to see what everyone brings this week! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. Awww, too cute! Love cats and have adopted several over the years. Daughter is hinting about getting another now that we are down to one. ENjoy them :)

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  11. This post takes the cuteness factor to another level!! I have four cats and can't get enough kitty pictures. Found your link on Crafts a la Mode. That kitten face just got me!

    Lori
    Lori's Culinary Creations

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    1. Thanks, Lori! We love cats! Be sure to check out my most recent kitten post: http://ahomesteadonahill.blogspot.com/2013/06/kittens-101-weeks-3-and-4.html

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  12. Great tips on those adorable kittens. I've never raised a kitten (I usually adopt from a shelter when the cats are older) but I might be needed to foster some kittens at some point.
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
    P.S. I would also like to invite you to join my June Totally Tuesday Link Party:
    http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
    Hugs!

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