Cat probably is the earliest, commonest, closest and cutest pet that ever has been domesticated. If you have a feline friend, you know how much you get sentimentally and emotionally attached to your kitten. You like it the most as a kitten because it is cute, playful and responsive. But, by growing with age, it starts behaving differently and needs different care and attention for its:
- Social and reproductive maturity
- Size and weight and
- Overall social behavior
Providing the right kind of cat’s food is a major factor for your cat’s desired growth. The day you bring home your kitten, take it to a vet to get a benchmark measurement for its health, height, weight, length and overall physical development. Maintain a growth chart for monitoring how its size changes from week to week. This will help you to identify any health issue for immediate intervention.
In general, cats attain adulthood between 9 to 12 months. However, breed and gender factor can prolong this time range significantly. You can use the following weight equation to assess the ideal adult weight. However, cats of different breeds grow differently and attain different sizes at adulthood, depending on their genders.
Adult Cat Weight = Age of the kitten at 16 weeks x 2
The rate of Growth of Kittens
Feeding right proportion of milk for cat ensures balanced growth of your kitten. You can measure this by determining where your kitten stands now compared to the kitten growth chart of its breed. Measure
- The height from paw to shoulder
- Length from nose to tail
- Full weight along with a spectrum at maturity
Of the above criteria, weight is the least reliable because many cats are falling victims of obesity. An overweight cat may give a wrong evaluation about its maturity. You can get further guidance in this respect from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) or monitor the weight of your cat. If you are not sure about the parentage of your cat, consult a veterinarian.
Kitten Growth Markers
You can use the following benchmarks to know the progress of growth of your kitten:
- 3-month old: After 12 weeks it should weigh 2 to 4 pounds with a length of 4 times of what it was at its birth.
- 4-month: 4 to 5 pounds, suitable for surgery of neuter or spay
- 5-month: 6 to 8 pounds
They continue to grow, although slowly, until the age of 18 months.
Below are standard length-height-weight and growing age of five big-sized cats:
- Maine Coon breed is the largest domestic cat in the world. Growing for 4 to 5 years, this breed reaches its final growth at a length of 48 inches from its tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, the height of 8” to 16” and weight of 25 pounds. You may recall that “Stewie the Maine coon cat” had a whopping length of 48.5” and found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
- Bengal cat described a ‘small leopard’ is a hybrid of an Asian leopard and a domestic cat of unknown breed. After growing for one to two years, it reaches the final length of 13” to 16”, height up to 11” and weight between 10 to 22 pounds
- Savannah is a hybrid of African male, Serval and Siamese female. This breed may weigh between 8 to 20 pounds. It continues to grow for years after the 18 months mark. After growing for 2 to 3 years, it reaches the final growth of length 20” to 25”, height 10” to 19” and weight 12 to 20 pounds
- British shorthair cat has its origin in ancient Egypt. This breed matures quite slowly and makes you to ‘wait for 3 to 5 years and see’ a length of 16” to 22”, Height of 14” to 20” and Weight of 7 to 18 pounds
- Ragdoll cat has its origin a single cat named Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks. When you pick it up, you feel, you are cuddling a ragdoll and hence the name. After waiting for up to 4 years, you can consider your cat fully grown with a length of 15” to 26”, the height of 9” to 11” and weight 9 to 11 pounds.
Although male cats weigh more than female, the difference is not significant. Take the weight of your cat at 16 weeks and consider 10% up or down for estimating the final weight.
So that your cat attains the desired traits of adulthood, you must pay attention to your cat’s teeth, nutrition and spaying and neutering. If you have got your kitten from a shelter, due to under-nutrition, its growth might be stunted. A cat spayed or neutered at early stage get bigger in girth and length compared to a non-altered one. But, if altered in adulthood, it will grow to the natural size of the breed. You can get your cat neared for $50 to $100.