by Shawnee Haight
Types of cats
Growth and Development
According to Pet Yak , "Most mother cats will go to great lengths to hide when they are pregnant and about to give birth" (2). The kittens will be guarded and protected by their mother like a animal protects their prey because she knows that her babies need time to fully develop before coming in contact with the outside world (2). "A newborn kitten cannot go to the bathroom on its own until about two and a half weeks old" (3). A new born kitten cannot see at birth because they come out with a film over the eyes (3). Play time is like a recess to a kitten (10). "Kittens have a great time playing with each other - rough housing, stalking, pouncing, chasing, and grooming each other" (10). "Young kittens don't know they are hurting you when they grab or bite at your hand, or run up your pant leg" (10).
How to care for your kitten
According to Partnership for Animal Welfare, "kittens need to stay warm, but their bodies are too small to retain body heat" (6). Kittens like to cuddle up together, or curl up under your chin or in your lap to sleep to keep warm (6). "Kittens younger than about 10 weeks need a warm place to be" (6). "Your kitten should receive his first distemper shot when he/she is about 8 weeks old. A booster shot is then needed 3 to 4 weeks later. After this, the kitten will need annual boosters" (15).
Types of Food
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- N.d. Photograph. Dipity. 2009. Web. 10 Oct. 2012. <http://www.dipity.com/timeline/KITTEN/>.
- N.d. Photograph. Partnership for Animal Welfare. 2012. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. <http://www.paw-rescue.org/kitten_care.php>.
- N.d. Photograph. Kitten Rescue. Kitten Rescue, 2012. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <http://www.kittenrescue.org/pages.php?pageid=15>.
- N.d. Photograph. Pet Yak. Pet Yak, 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2012. <http://www.petyak.com/Cats/Kittens/Articles/When-Do-Kittens-Open-Their-Eyes/>.
- N.d. Photograph. All About Cute Kitten. All-About-Cute-Kitten, 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2012. <http://www.all-about-cute-kittens.com/feeding-kittens.html>.
- N.d. Photograph. Blind Loop. Melissa, 2012. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.blindloop.com/index.php/2009/12/top-5-cat-breeds/>.