Rescuers share their favorite golden age for kittens. For many, it’s that special time between 3-4 weeks old. At that age, kittens are just beginning to explore a brand new world on wobbly legs. But since their eyes aren’t yet fully developed, it’s a fuzzy world.
“This is my favorite age because they are learning so much and start becoming more interactive, but they are still bottle babies who need you,” shared rescuers from Baby Kitten Rescue.
Around 3-4 weeks old, kittens are just starting to walk upright and want to curiously explore what’s out there with their beautiful baby-blue eyes. Generally, it won’t be until kittens are 6-7 weeks old that their vision is fully developed, and their eyes still have that gorgeous blue color until around 8 weeks. Then, it’s exciting to see the colors change. Their teeth will also reach the final stage of development around the same time.
They stumble, and they tumble and seem to do their best to get into trouble. Thus, they need their mama cat or foster mom to help them navigate and stay safe. And, of course, they need bottle feeding every 4-5 hours and help staying warm. They can’t even retract their claws at this stage but are starting to.
But for foster moms, 3-4 weeks is a golden age when kittens are ridiculously adorable and sweet. They still need you but are becoming a little more independent in a comical way.
The Golden Age for Kittens
LA-based Baby Kitten Rescue shared a cute video demonstrating the cute golden age of one of their bottle babies named Boo. The rescuers took him in from the shelter.
At the time, he was severely dehydrated, cold, and covered in fleas. But once treated and in a warm incubator, he became a little purr machine.
The tiny tot was 3.5 weeks old and was beginning to explore a soft carpeted surrounding with wonder.
“I find at this age, kittens start looking at you when you talk to them,” they shared.
During this golden age, kittens can begin to explore a litter box with non-clumping litter since they’re so uncoordinated. The rescuers loved watching Boo reach those little milestones.
“Also, around 3.5-4 weeks old, kittens start using the litter box on their own! Up until then, kittens need to be stimulated to pee and poop. There are so many big milestones at this age!” they wrote.
“Boo is starting to explore toys for the first time., and it’s the sweetest.”
Golden Milestones for Boo
At 4.5 weeks old, Boo’s folded ears were like a puppy’s and would begin to point upward over the next 2 weeks.
“Boo is 4.5 weeks old and is such a perfect little angel baby He’s a great eater, sweetest snuggler, and is using the litter box like a pro!”
Boo’s Golden Age went fast, and he continued to be adorable in foster care. He grew into the “chillest kitten” who loved being snuggled, and his blue eyes gradually turned light gray.
“Boo is a sweet and loving boy. He’s a tiny guy with a loud purr that rumbles nonstop He loves attention and is super affectionate. He really is the most lovable little man🥰,” his fosterers shared.
When he was ready to find his forever home, many fell in love with him. His foster parents weren’t surprised.
“Draw me like one of your French girls 🤣. I can’t imagine someone meeting Boo and not immediately falling in love🥰 Not only is he absolutely adorable, but he’s the biggest love bug. He loves attention and purrs as soon as he looks at you😆 He really is a specially little guy💕,” they shared.
Then, Boo reached the ultimate golden milestone; a family adopted him two months later.
“Boo was adopted!!🥳,” shared Baby Kitten Rescue. “His new mommy and daddy are already head over heels for our little guy🥰 Boo will have a kitty sister too😻. It was truly a joy fostering Boo He’s such a sweet, loving, and joyful little dude and I know he will make his forever family so happy🥰 They are already spoiling him and showering him with love❤️.
Happy life Boo bear!!🥳”