7 Kitten Facts Guaranteed to Make You AWW (With Pictures)
Kitten Facts: Juvenile or baby domesticated cats are called kittens, and they are one of the most playful and cute creatures to ever exist. These adorable felines pretty much control the internet, and are the subject of countless photos online. No matter how bad of a day you're having, kittens can always cheer you up. Kittens can refer to skunks, squirrels, rabbits, and other baby animals, but for this article we are discussing the baby domestic cat.
Here is a list of kitten facts so you can learn a little more about these furry felines.
1) Kittens are born blind and don't open their eyes for the first time until they are 7-10 days old.
Like most mammals, excluding the platypus and echidna, kittens are born alive and helpless.
2) However they don’t develop eyesight equivalent to an adult cat until around 10 weeks after birth.
3) Kittens will almost always begin a play sequence with a pounce.
4) When cats make 'kneading' gestures, they're remembering nursing from when they were kittens.
5) Cats are social learners, which means kittens look to other cats for cues on how to behave.
Cat's are very intelligent creatures, and kittens are always looking to their parents and other cats for signals about how to behave. These signals, called social cues, teach kittens how to interact with the world. Consequently, proper socialization is vital to a young kittens growth and development. Without learning social cues, confused kittens will never know how to interact with their own species which could lead to aggression later in life.
6) All kittens are born with blue eyes.
7) But their permanant eye color will be revealed when they are about 6 or 7 weeks old.
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