Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
It can be really difficult to age kittens because once they're old enough that they're eating solid foods and charging around like your typical crazy kitten you have to rely more on size to determine age. Just like any other animal though, some kittens grow faster and bigger than an average kitten of the same age, while others are smaller.
I trapped a mother cat and her 3 kittens on Sunday for a feral spay/neuter clinic. They were all fixed, vaccinated, and microchipped on Monday. In order to indicate which microchip corresponds to each cat, the vets write the colour, "breed" (eg. DSH), gender, and approximate age of the cat on the plastic baggy containing the microchip tag. The vets recorded 2 of the kittens as 2 months old, but the 3rd kitten was labelled as 3 months. The "older" kitten is discernably larger than the other 2, enough so that I would wonder if it were older if I didn't happen to know that they're all from the same litter. The colony they came out of contains about 15 adult cats, but this mother cat was the only unspayed female left.
Proud people-mommy of Galileo, Dante, Cosette, Autumn,
Ramona & Choco-cat (and foster kitty, Poe).
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