When our cat is pregnant we must provide some more specific care, accompany it throughout the process and take it to veterinary reviews. Once the kittens are born, we must take care of both the mother and them and, therefore, it is vital that we know several things about newborn cats. For example, have you ever wondered at what point after birth do the kittens begin to do the first things? Did you know that newborn cats open their eyes between 7 and 15 days after birth?
If you are curious and want to know more about newborn kittens, keep reading this article about how we will explain to you when newborn cats open their eyes and many more things about them.
When cats open their eyes for the first time
When the kittens that our cat has been waiting for arrive in the world, we must provide both them and the mother with a good shelter in which they feel safe, warm and can rest easy. Newborn cats do not have vision because they are born with their eyes closed and, therefore, they depend totally on their mother. In fact, when kittens are born, not only can they not see, but they can not hear either and for these two reasons they do not separate from the mother or move away from the bed or shelter in which they were born.
In addition to giving them protection and warmth, it is very important that while your cat is recovering from the birth and lactating you provide all the food you need to produce enough milk for the kittens to go forward strong, healthy and begin to develop all their capacities properly .
In the case of puppies’ vision we always ask ourselves: when do newborn cats open their eyes? It is strange to see that days pass and still have not opened, especially because we are used to observe and see that humans open their eyes at the moment of birth or shortly after. The answer to the question about how long cats open their eyes is that newborn cats open their eyes between the first and second weeks of life, usually around 10 days after birth.
When they start to see kittens
Once they begin to see something, the vision of the little ones is improving and perfecting themselves rather quickly, at the end of the second week or at the beginning of the third they are able to recognize their mother and their siblings, locate them with a glance and go towards them . Also in these weeks they are able to begin to identify obstacles and surround them and avoid them, even though they are still moving quite awkwardly. The little ones have a well-developed vision at 12 weeks of age. In addition, all puppies of domestic cats are born with blue eyes and it is during these 12 weeks to achieve good vision, when it is defined the color of eyes that are going to have adults.
At three weeks of age, or maximum three and a half weeks, the kittens are starting to have enough mobility and enough vision to be more independent, so you will see that they come out of the hiding place where they were sheltered and explore everything what is around him Also, at this age they can begin to include solid foods in their diet.
The vision of cats
It is good to know what kind of vision your kitten will have as he grows and once he is an adult. As we have already mentioned, it is not until 12 weeks that they begin to have a perfect vision and to use all the capacity of vision that the felines have.
It is important to know that felines have a wider field of vision than ours, reaching up to 200 degrees. The cats have a part of ocular tissue with cells that capture a lot of light, this part is known as tapetum lucidum and during the day they see something more blurred than us, but at night the cats see perfectly and thanks to this and The vertical shape of their pupils that allows a greater light input, are excellent night hunters. Also, they do not see as many colors as we do, they can only see some like blue, green or yellow.
How to care for a newborn kitten
There are certain basic care that newborn kittens require, for example, they need a warm place, without excessive heat, in which to rest and spend their first days in a calm and safe way. In addition, they require the company of their siblings and their mother, a way in which they maintain the necessary heat to develop well and in which they can feed without any problem by having easy access to breast milk.
A newborn puppy can not miss the heat or food, so if the cat is not present or does not produce enough milk for all kittens, you must know how to feed a baby cat, for this you will have to use a bottle and Special milk powder for newly born felines that you can find in pet shops and veterinary centers.
Also, you must maintain the area where they are born and begin to grow well clean, so it is good to clean and change the towels or blankets once a day or maximum every two days, hygiene in a newborn kitten is something vital so he does not get sick. As long as they depend completely on the mother, that is to say at least 4 weeks of age, try not to touch them and manipulate them a lot since they are very weak and their mother will take care of everything necessary. Obviously if you see any symptom that something is not right in the health of one of the little ones or the cat, you should immediately contact your trusted veterinarian.
This article is merely informative, in a Pet O Club we do not have the power to prescribe any veterinary treatment or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or discomfort.