How Big Will My Cat Get?
How big will my cat get?
If you’re a new cat owner and you just got a cute, young kitten, then you’ve probably asked yourself this question.
So, how big will your feline friend get?
Well, it actually depends on several factors, which have a lot to do with your kitty’s upbringing. Firstly, it depends on the cat’s breed.
Regardless of your cat’s breed, it will grow up faster during the very first months. By the time it reaches 6-8 months your kitten will keep growing, but at a much slower rate than before.
Most cats will reach their adulthood’s ideal weight and size by the end of the first year. However, big breeds like the Maine Coon and the Ragdoll will keep growing even after their first 12 months, and will keep getting bigger up to the 18th month.
Newborn kittens will grow big at an extremely fast rate.
During the first 6 months it may seem like your furball is getting bigger with a blink of an eye. During the 6-9 months period the growth in size and weight will continue at a slower rate.
The average adult cat should weigh twice as much as it did as a 4-5 months old kitten and it should get twice as bigger in size.
Apart from the breed your kitty’s size and weight also depends on other factors like general care, neutering or spraying, grooming, nutrition, vitamins, and the overall living conditions.
Taking proper care of your cat will ensure that it reaches its full potential in terms of size, social maturity and health. You can check out the ASPCA’s general cat care tips here.
Neutering or spraying your cat at a young age, underfeeding it and not taking proper care of it will suppress your kitty’s growth. On the other hand, if you’re spoiling it too much, you’re overfeeding it and you’re stacking its food with tons of vitamins, it will grow bigger than it’s supposed to and eventually, it will even develop obesity.
Indoor cats need a special diet, which is different from the one of the wild, outdoor cat.
Newborn kittens also need a special diet and lots of kitty vitamins, otherwise they won’t get the nutrition they need in order for them to grow big, healthy and thriving.
Each breed is unique on its own and if you want your cat to get as big as the breed is supposed to, then you need to make sure that it’s receiving all the nutrition it needs.
This means picking out only the best food items for your feline friend’s breed.
Some cat breeds need automatic feeders and special portions on more frequent basis, like the Sphynx, otherwise they may either grow bigger and obese or just remain smaller and underfed.
Taking proper care of your newborn kitten ensures that it will get big and healthy during its first months. However, if you want your kitty to keep thriving, you’ll also need to pay extra attention to it during its adulthood.
The ASPCA offers a list of cat nutrition tips for baby kittens, adult cats, senior cats and even for overweight cats.
But how big will your cat get in more specific terms?
Usually, the first 10 months of your kitty’s life will determine how big it will get. While bigger breeds keep growing after the first year is over, some smaller breeds may also keep getting bigger in weight and size during the 10-12 month period.
Small breeds should get as big as 5-9lbs during their adulthood.
The APOP (the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention) rules out that the average medium sized domestic cat should weigh anywhere between 8-10lbs.
Bigger cat breeds, like the Maine Coon, may get as big as 20+lbs.
If your feline furball is of small/ medium breed, if it’s properly fed with food and supplements that meet its needs, and if it’s residing in a loving environment it should reach its ultimate size by the time it reaches 12 months of age.
Kittens will get bigger by the second and if your furball isn’t growing fast during the 2-6 month period, then you’ll definitely need to take him/ her to the vet.
Neutering or spraying, diseases, undernourishment or overfeeding, choosing the wrong type of food, and stressful living conditions may affect your cat’s growth in various negative ways – it could either become obese or it could remain small and malnourished.
You should always consult with a vet when getting a newborn kitten not only for vaccines and possible diseases, but also for food, vitamins and other supplements.
Keep in mind that your feline friend’s first year (and especially its first 6 months) is of extreme importance for its social and reproductive maturity, for its size and weight, and for its overall social behavior. Make sure you’re taking proper care of your precious furball and it will reward you with a lifetime worth of loving memories.