When Does A Kitten Become A Cat? (Everything You Need To Know)

For many cat owners, it is a question that has plagued them for years. When does a kitten become a cat? In an effort to explain this, I have done extensive research for the purpose of this article and will share my findings. This will not be an easy read for you as there are certain facts which may be hard to digest, however, I believe it is well worth going through with me now in an attempt to understand and perhaps even answer this question.

First-Year Kitten Development (Explained)


The first year of a kitten’s life is full of wonder and excitement. Kittens are learning to walk, play, and eat solid foods, but they’re also learning how to be cats—they’re developing their personalities and getting used to the world around them.

Kittens start to crawl when they’re just a few weeks old. They’ll use their front paws to drag themselves across the floor and then climb up onto something tall enough for them to stand on—like a box or table. You’ll want to keep your kitten off furniture until she’s at least 4 months old or older because if she falls off and gets hurt, it’s not good for her development!

Kittens need lots of stimulation from their environment in order to grow strong bones and muscles. So it’s important that you provide your kitten with plenty of toys that allow her to exercise her body safely. If you don’t give her toys, she can get bored very easily! She’ll also enjoy playing with yours—and if you have more than one cat in your household, she may even get into some cat fights!

You can expect your kitten’s eyesight and hearing to develop as she gets older. She’ll be able to see at least 20 feet away by the time she’s around 4 months old and hear even farther than that! You’ll also notice that your kitten will start to explore her surroundings more and find new things to play with.

When Does A Kitten Become A Cat?


Male kittens reach full maturity at nine months of age, while female cats reach adulthood at twelve months of age.

A kitten is a young cat that is not yet one year old. The term “kitten” refers to both male and female, so it’s important to know if your cat is a kitten.

Kittens are born with their eyes closed and their ears folded in for warmth, which makes them look like tiny mice. Their eyes will open over the next few weeks as they get used to their surroundings and begin to explore their environment.

when to switch from kitten to cat food


Kittens can eat adult food at any age, but they should be fed their own food until they’re at least 12 months old. The reason for this is that kittens are more susceptible to infectious diseases when they’re young, and they need to be able to develop immunity before they can handle the germs found in adult food.

Kittens are notorious for being picky eaters, and one of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that they can’t tell you exactly when they’re ready to eat adult food. In fact, it’s not until they’re about six weeks old that they’ll start eating solid foods at all.

But just because your kitten is still eating milk only doesn’t mean you should give up on feeding them solid food. You can start introducing your kitten to healthy foods like yogurt, cheese, and cooked meat as soon as they start showing interest in eating.

The key thing here is to keep it simple: no mealtime fads or fancy dishes (unless you want them). Just make sure they get plenty of water and exercise throughout the day, so their bodies are ready for the change!

When do cats become sexually active?


Cats are generally sexually mature by the time they’re nine months old, but there are a few factors that can delay that: if your cat has been neutered or spayed if it was born in a pet shop and wasn’t raised with humans, if it has a congenital defect or abnormality, or if it’s an older cat.

If your cat is male and isn’t neutered or spayed, he might be able to mate with females as early as nine months of age. However, this is not recommended because many cats do not fare well in this situation: females tend to be more aggressive than males when they’re mating, which means you may have trouble getting along with them afterward. Also, some female cats will decide that she doesn’t want to mate with your cat after all—this can be upsetting for both parties involved!

On the other hand, if your cat is female and hasn’t been neutered or spayed yet (or if she’s an older cat), you should wait until she reaches sexual maturity at around one year of age before trying to mate her with another male cat (or any other type of animal). This will allow her body time to adjust to being pregnant without risking complications during pregnancy or after giving birth to kittens.

cat behavior by age


If you’ve ever wondered what your cat’s age is telling you about their personality, the answer is… not much.

In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that the only thing you can assume about a cat’s personality from their age is that they’re likely to be more independent than kittens and younger cats.

Aging cats tend to be more mature and less dependent on people than younger cats. This doesn’t mean that all older cats are more mature or less playful than younger ones—it means that, in general, as cats get older, they’re less likely to need constant attention from people in order to thrive.

In addition to being more independent, older cats are also less likely than younger ones to be reactive around other animals or household members. This makes sense: If they’re not so dependent on us anymore, they don’t have as much need for our help!

Because of these two factors—independence and reactivity—older cats tend toward being more aloof and standoffish toward other animals in the home environment.

caring for a kitten during its transition into adulthood

As your furry friend grows and develops, providing the proper care and attention is essential to ensure a smooth transition into adulthood. Here are some tips for caring for a kitten during this crucial time:


Kittens have specific nutritional needs that are different from adult cats. They require a diet that is high in protein and rich in nutrients to support their growth and development. Feed your kitten high-quality kitten food that is appropriate for their age and size. Be sure to follow the feeding instructions on the package and avoid overfeeding, as this can lead to obesity and other health issues.


Kittens need a series of vaccinations to protect them from common feline diseases. Talk to your veterinarian about the recommended vaccination schedule for your kitten and make sure to keep up with all appointments.

Litter box training

Kittens must be trained to use a litter box. Choose a quiet, private location for the litter box and show your kitten where it is. Encourage them to use it by placing them in the box after meals or naps. Clean the litter box regularly to keep it fresh and inviting.


Kittens need to be socialized to become well-adjusted adult cats. Introduce your kitten to new people, animals, and environments gradually and positively. Provide plenty of playtime and affection to build a strong bond with your kitten.


Kittens require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and shiny. Brush your kitten’s fur regularly to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Trim their nails to prevent scratching and provide dental care by brushing their teeth regularly.


Is a 7-month-old cat a kitten?

A 7-month-old cat is a kitten.
Kittens are the most common age for cats to be born, and they start getting the “kitten” name when they’re about 8 weeks old. However, some kittens can be born as early as 5 weeks and some cats may be called “kittens” even if they’re older than 7 months! It all depends on how big your cat was when it was born.
A 7-month-old cat is still very young and will grow up quickly to become a large adult cat.


However, as a general rule of thumb that most people should abide by in order to avoid any confusion, I’d suggest not referring to a kitten as a cat until it is about 12 months old. Most kittens won’t mature into cats until around that age, and anything younger than that can often be referred to using the terms ‘kitten’ (for female cats) or ‘kitten’ (for male cats)—in other words, they are just too young to be considered fully grown-up cats. Plus, society may look down on you if you refer to an eight-week-old kitten as a cat.

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