Cat Facts

Time for some more cat facts! Haven’t done some in a while!

  • It’s legally not allowed (in Holland — not sure about other countries) to take kittens away from their mother when they are younger than 7 weeks.
  • Cats that are able to stay with their mother, may drink from her until they are 6 weeks.
  • Between 6 and 8 weeks old, kittens learn from their mothers (and their surroundings) how to become social cats.
  • Cats will remember their own feline family members for the rest of their life.
  • The mother cat is the most important role model for her kittens.
  • Female kittens — in the wild — stay with their mother and sister for the rest of their life.
  • The kittens vision is completely developed when they are around 4 months old.
  • Cats recognize each other mainly through smell.
Copyright by Merlijn Hoek.

Copyright by Merlijn Hoek.

17 Responses to “Cat Facts”

  1. Gobi Obi

    that’s good for Holland doing that. I think 10 to 12 weeks should be the right age. .my boy kitten came to me at 10 weeks as he was found dumped in the streets with a badly injured leg, he’s doing well now at 8 months.

  2. onespoiledcat

    Dianda your kitty facts are always interesting and I do agree with everyone else that Holland is very smart to have a rule about taking kittens away from their Mom before it’s the right time.


  3. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    I wish it were law here that kittens cannot be taken from their mom before 7 weeks. The shelters and good breeders always say no less than 8 weeks but there are no laws against removing them earlier.

  4. Kitties Blue

    Mom said that she had always heard that kitties do not remember their feline family. When our Lily Olivia was still quite young, the humans took her to spend time with her three brothers who were adopted by a close friend. She gave no indication that she knew who they were. So now Mom is wondering what the true facts are. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  5. Tom Duhamel

    For some time, I have been considering letting Juliette meet again with her brother Merlin, which have been adopted by a good friend of mine. They were separated at 8 weeks of age and never meet with each other since. That was almost two years ago. I think that might be quite an interesting experiment.

    If you want my own hypothesis on this, I’d think two cats who knew each other as adults will remember each other if they meet again after a few years. But separated as kittens, I wouldn’t think so. I’ll try to arrange that meeting and see what happens. I’ll talk to my friend about this soon.


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