The kittens, you know, are born blind, with closed eyelids. Only after two weeks of life, the eyes open timidly, starting to allow the cat to develop a sense of sight. In addition to what has just been mentioned, it also shows how cats are born deaf, with ear canals sealed. After about 20 days, however, the channels gradually open, and the kittens can hear. At the month of their life, kittens can almost correctly perceive images and sounds.
In short, before being able to proactively interact with the kitten it will be necessary to wait until the month of life is over: before that time the cats are practically at the mercy of the events, and it will be the task of their mother (and yours, in her support) to try to keep them well healthy.
As for the movements, the kittens will begin to move independently only after 20 days. However, it will be necessary to wait for the development around the month of life to be able to watch the correct use of the claws or litter collection.
In short, the development of cats is quite rapid but very delicate: make sure that at this time the kittens are assured of the best assistance and enjoy this spectacle of nature!
Cat diseases: what is IVF?
IVF is a very serious disease that can affect our cat’s friends. The acronym stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (that is, feline immunodeficiency virus), and is similar to that which in humans is characterized by the HIV virus. For the avoidance of easy misunderstanding, an HIV-positive cat cannot in any way infect humans, so – if you have a cat with this disease – you not only need to fear no contact with it, but you must also provide it with all the love possible!
The transmission of IVF generally occurs through bite wounds (it is transmitted however also from the mother to the kittens). Although there are currently no commercially available FIV vaccines, try to prevent the cat from being bitten by HIV-positive subjects: for this purpose, a useful method to avoid feline “fights” is to proceed with castration.
The veterinarian will also be able to commission a test to detect antibodies produced against the virus. However, keep in mind that the HIV positive cat may not show symptoms for several years and that in some cases the tests may prove to be falsely positive …