We all know that kittens are adorable, sweet, and fun, but you probably don’t know everything about them. Kittens grow very quickly from the time they’re born to the time they’re ready to be adopted. Even if you’ve adopted a kitten in the past you may not know much about those weeks before you adopted her. Here are 8 facts about newborn kittens that may surprise you.
#1 – Kittens are born blind – Kittens are born with their eyes shut and they don’t start to open them until they’re about 2 weeks old. Even after opening her eyes, a kitten’s vision will be blurry for another week before she starts seeing clearly. During these first few weeks kittens stay close to their mothers and litter mates.
#2 – Kittens are born deaf – A kitten’s ears will begin to open when she’s around 2 weeks old, but her hearing won’t become clear and sharp until she’s closer to 4 weeks old.
#3 – Young kittens can’t regulate their body temperatures – Though adult cats are experts at regulating their body temperatures, kittens can’t regulate theirs until they’re around 3 weeks old. Until then, a kitten will depend on her mother and litter mates to keep her warm.