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Old 10-22-2011, 01:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you estimate what a cat's adult weight from his current kitten weight?

I know that with dogs you can approximate his adult weight by doubling his weight at 4 months. Is there a similar calculation with cats?. Also, my kitten is 4 lbs at just over 14 weeks. How does that seem?
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Can you estimate what a cat's adult weight from his current kitten weight?

I know that with dogs you can approximate his adult weight by doubling his weight at 4 months. Is there a similar calculation with cats?. Also, my kitten is 4 lbs at just over 14 weeks. How does that seem?
I think you need to look at what typical for the breed.
Maine Coons can be slow growing, about the same size as a normal kitten at 4 months, then from 6 to 18 months they can get quite big.
Even when full grown size wise some cats continue to fill out weight wise.
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What I have seen is 1 lbs per month until they reach about 6-9 mod old and then it slows down to about .5 lbs until they get to be 1 year of age, but it also depends on the cat breed. Some breeds, such as Maine Coon take a long time to mature and get much much bigger than the average cat.

For most breeds, an average of somewhere between 8-12 lbs is a good weight.
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You had said you met the kit's parents at the breeders, I think. Imo, that would give you a better idea than anything else.

If mom and pop were large then kitten will probably will be too. If when you brought kitten home he was the smallest one then he might be a bit smaller than mom and pop. Likewise if he was bigger than his siblings, he may be a bit bigger than parents.
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Mom and dad were pretty average. Toby was also average in his litter. Dad looked about 15 lbs, but mom was a bit small still recovering from birth and nursing.

I guess a lot of people (including me) take pride in saying "look at how big my cat is", though I know that more people notice behavior and personality.
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Mom and dad were pretty average. Toby was also average in his litter. Dad looked about 15 lbs, but mom was a bit small still recovering from birth and nursing.

I guess a lot of people (including me) take pride in saying "look at how big my cat is", though I know that more people notice behavior and personality.
I belong to a Maine Coon Cat forum out of the UK and the women there say when they were deciding on what cat to get they'd show pictures to their husbands of different breeds with little enthusiasm received back but when they show them a picture of a massive Maine Coon male the husbands would sit up and take notice and say let's get one of those.
Of course this was a MCC forum but it seems many men are attracted to big Macho looking kitties, I think this is the same that many men don't want a little yipper dog, they want a big dog like a Lab or Shepard, maybe they're afraid the other men will make fun of them for having a sissy dog or cat.
Maybe it's just a guy thing, they want a fast car or a big truck, same thing with their pets, guys don't want a Yorkie with a ribbon in it's hair or a cat that looks like it should be laying on the Grand Piano, they want a cat that looks like it could go out and bring home it's own dinner.
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It isn't just a guy thing. I'm a girl and I love my kitties BIG and muscular.
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Agreed, I like large cats and big dogs. Not because they are macho or anything but because when I hug my pet I don't want to be scared I'm going to crush it!

I want to be able to wrestle with, cuddle with and have an armful to hug.
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Maine Coons can be slow growing, about the same size as a normal kitten at 4 months, then from 6 to 18 months they can get quite big.
Even when full grown size wise some cats continue to fill out weight wise.
Very true! My 7 year old Maine Coon is still filling out, side to side that is. He did take about two years to reach his final height and length though.
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