Cuddly Kitten Day
Kittens are social animals and enjoy the company of humans, which makes Cuddly Kitten Day a perfect holiday because on it we give kittens extra cuddles and love. Today, people cuddle and play with their own kittens, as well as the kittens of others. These cuddly kittens can be shown love in other ways as well, by being given treats and new toys.
There are usually two to five kittens in a litter, but there can be as few as one kitten, or even more than ten. They go through a long process of growth, during which they must rely on their mothers. First and foremost, they must rely on their mothers for milk. During their first few weeks, they need their mothers to stimulate them so they can urinate and defecate, as they can't release waste on their own. During their first few weeks, they also need their mothers to keep them warm, as they can't regulate their own body temperature. Kittens can open their eyes after approximately seven to ten days, but it takes until they are about ten weeks old until they can see as well as older cats.
After kittens have some eyesight and can stay warm on their own, they begin to go outside of their nest. They go through a great amount of development between the ages of two and seven weeks. They gain more strength, coordination, and interact with their siblings by fighting playfully. During this time they learn how to clean themselves and they begin learning how to hunt. After three or four weeks they begin eating solid food and growing adult teeth; weaning is usually finished between the age of six to eight weeks. By three months they begin losing their baby teeth, and by nine months they have their adult teeth.
The social life of kittens expands as they get older. Between the age of three and four months they begin playing more with other kittens, and by about five months they do more hunting and stalking on their own. Some cats leave their young on their own after they are three months old, while some look after them until they reach sexual maturity, which happens around the age of seven months. By about the age of a year, a feline is no longer considered a kitten, but is considered to be an adult cat!
How to Observe Cuddly Kitten Day
If you have a kitten, celebrate the day by cuddling them! You could also celebrate your cuddly kitty by giving them some treats or some toys! Maybe you once had a kitten but they have now grown up into an adult cat. Perhaps you have some photos from when they were young that you could look at. If you don't have a kitten, you could celebrate the kitten of a friend or family member.
Does that make you want your own cuddly kitten? Consider adopting one! Many cat experts say that a kitten should be about twelve weeks old before it is brought to a new home away from its mother and siblings. Some breeders or foster and rescue homes won't adopt out kittens until they are twelve weeks old, and in some locations, it is illegal to adopt out a kitten unless it is at least eight weeks old. If you come across an orphaned kitten that is very young, you may still be able to nurture it into a healthy kitten, but you must handle it with great care.