Estimating Kitten Age

Included below are some characteristics to help you ascertain the estimated age of found kittens. One common misconception and inaccurate aging technique is to use the weight or size of a kitten to age them. Kittens who are struggling with disease or malnutrition will often be much older than their size suggests. The proof is in the teeth!

 
Solana, three days old    Newborns under one week old   Closed eyes  Folded ears  Possible umbilical cord still attached (umbilical stumps typically fall off by five days old)  Limited mobility

Solana, three days old

Newborns under one week old

Closed eyes

Folded ears

Possible umbilical cord still attached (umbilical stumps typically fall off by five days old)

Limited mobility

Marvel, 10 days old    1-2 Weeks old   Closed or just opening eyes (Eyes typically start opening around 8-12 days old)  No umbilical stump  No teeth

Marvel, 10 days old

1-2 Weeks old

Closed or just opening eyes (Eyes typically start opening around 8-12 days old)

No umbilical stump

No teeth

 
 
Cherie, 2.5 weeks old    2-3 Weeks old   No teeth  Ears beginning to unfold  Completely open eyes that appear dark

Cherie, 2.5 weeks old

2-3 Weeks old

No teeth

Ears beginning to unfold

Completely open eyes that appear dark

Amelia, 3.5 weeks old    3-4 Weeks old   Incisor teeth (incisors begin growing in around three weeks old)  Completely unfolded ears  The ability to see and hear

Amelia, 3.5 weeks old

3-4 Weeks old

Incisor teeth (incisors begin growing in around three weeks old)

Completely unfolded ears

The ability to see and hear

Buddha and Bonsai, 4.5 weeks old    4-5 Weeks old   Canine teeth (canines begin growing in around four weeks old)  Improving eyesight and hearing  Blue eyes

Buddha and Bonsai, 4.5 weeks old

4-5 Weeks old

Canine teeth (canines begin growing in around four weeks old)

Improving eyesight and hearing

Blue eyes

Jericho, 5.5 weeks old    5-6 weeks old   Premolar teeth (premolars begin growing in around five weeks old)  Blue eyes  More refined motor skills and movement

Jericho, 5.5 weeks old

5-6 weeks old

Premolar teeth (premolars begin growing in around five weeks old)

Blue eyes

More refined motor skills and movement