If you have recently brought home a new furry friend, you may be wondering when cats stop growing? Whether you have a kitten or an adult cat, the growth of your best friend can depend on a number of factors. Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about how cats grow and tips to keep your kitten healthy as they age.
When do cats stop growing?
If you're a new cat owner, you might still learn about your best friend. This can include learning their behavior and how they grow. For example, "I would say that at 2 years of age, a cat's growth is complete. At nine to ten months, cats are probably as tall as they will be, and then they tend to fill up," says Wilde. If you have any questions about your cat growth, talk to your veterinarian, they can determine if there are any areas to look for your pet.
Timeline from kitten to cat
the cat's breed depending on how fast they grow or how big they are?
Your cat breed may play a role in their size and behavior. In fact, it can even determine how big they will be.
For example, a cat's genetics and breed are the largest determining factor in a cat's adult size. Feeding appropriately will then dictate maintaining an ideal weight, says Wilde.
When you first bring your new best friend, consider researching their race to learn more about them. Also talk to your veterinarian about your cat breed and what to expect. Read this cat guide here to learn more about your cat's first year.
to keep your kitten healthy while they grow
You want your kitten to be happy and healthy. It's fun to see them grow, learn and grow. Wilde points out some tips to keep your new best friend healthy.
- Feed your kitten kitten food of good quality.
- Each cat's growth and needs are unique.
- The timing of your cat spaying or neutering can affect growth and weight gain.
- Your veterinarian is the best person to advise when each individual cat should switch from kitten to adult food.
- The transition from kitten to cat food usually takes place from 9-10 months, but can vary.
do cats stop growing? It may be due to your furry friend
Whether you have a Bengal or Main Coon, your cat is growing and developing differently. But by noticing your cat's growth, development and talking to your veterinarian, you can determine if your kitten is about to become an adult cat.
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