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What are the life stages of cats?

 The life stages of cats are divided into six sections, in which the cat is exposed to many changes in shape, size, weight and the nature of food, and these stages include small cats, young cats and older cats. Any diseases, and the six stages are:

 Cats younger than six months at this stage are characterized by the cat growing very quickly, in terms of size, weight and shape, but it is not sexually mature., The most important thing that distinguishes this stage from others is that the cat feeds on mother's milk through breastfeeding, and often requires It takes about two months to wean, as the majority of kittens are able to eat at the age of eight weeks. At this stage, the cat from the age of 0-3 weeks uses its legs to move, but not completely, as its movement is similar to the movement of a swimmer (the cat’s limbs are far apart and moves in a way that resembles crawling), as the cat does not enjoy muscular motor development at this stage, after The third week, the cat begins to learn to walk. Cats do not need a long time to be able to open their eyes, so it is at this stage, specifically after the age of 7-10 days, that they begin to open their eyes, and by the second week of life they are able to open their eyes completely.

 Cats from the age of seven months to two years The cat at this stage is able to deal independently with the environment and life so that it can survive, and the most important thing that distinguishes it at this stage is that it has reached its full size., the cat at this age is considered adolescence And the most important thing that distinguishes it is that the cat in it has strong teeth, as at this stage the milk teeth have been replaced, and sexual reproduction may begin. Cats in this stage mainly eat food that contains high protein sources (meat).

 Cats from three to six years old Cats at this age achieve physical and behavioral maturity, are characterized by their health and physical activity, their shape at this stage is distinguished from the rest of the stages in that it is striking as its hair is soft and shiny, and it deals with life usefully (as it is She is able to secure her food and take care of her young.

 Cats from seven to ten years old The cat at this stage is in the youth stage, which is equivalent to the age of a human at the age of 40 years. The most important thing that distinguishes this stage from others; The cat needs a lot of care, as it appears to have health problems such as diabetes, kidneys, high pressure and hyperthyroidism.

Several symptoms may appear in cats that must be paid attention to at this age, the most important of which are: lethargy, weight loss, diarrhea, decreased activity, change in appetite, and changes in urine.

 Cats from the age of 11 to 14 years At this stage the cat is equivalent to the age of 70 years in humans. At this stage, there are 5 common diseases that may affect cats: chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.

Cats older than 15 years, many cats reach this stage, some cats do not develop any of the problems that a cat is exposed to at the age of 7-14 years, this stage is known as the aging stage, and the age of a cat at this stage is equivalent to the age of a human at 76 years of age, Cats at this stage need a great deal of rest.

 Stages of development of the cat fetus The cat fetus goes through a number of stages, and is divided into 4 stages, as follows: Fertilization stage At this stage, the female mates 10 to 20 times during the period of a month and a month and a half, when the mating process moves the egg from the bottom of the fallopian tube until it reaches the uterus And it settles in it, as well as the sperms that have passed from the male to the female, (the sperm may belong to more than one male and thus multiple fathers). Two weeks after the fertilization process, the stages of embryo development begin, as the organs, skin, placenta, skin and spinal cord begin to grow.

 The fetus after three weeks In the three-week stage, the length of the fetus is more than 2.5 cm, and the organs begin to form, and the faces are formed, at this stage, the signs of pregnancy begin to appear on the female cat (the mother), as the fetus begins to change in terms of size specifically. The cat’s weight also increases due to its increased appetite for food. At this stage, the mother cat is characterized by physical changes appearing on it, the most important of which is the change in the color of the nipples and their swelling, and the fetus is characterized by starting to benefit from the nutrients that it obtains through the placenta.

The fetus After four weeks at this stage, the fetus has gained more change, especially in size, as it is 3.8 cm long. Besides the claws. The fetus at this stage also begins to move in the mother’s womb, and it must be addressed that they do not have hair at this stage yet, after the end of week 6 the length of the cat is more than 8 cm and its hair began to grow, its tails grew and its ears became large.

 In the seventh and eighth week, the fetus has developed its sense of smell and mouth organs, especially the tongue. At this stage, the fetus begins to increase in size in terms of fat, as it begins to consume fat as a food element for it through the mother’s food through the placenta. Prenatal stage At this stage and after 60 days (the ninth week) the fetus is approximately 17 cm long and 350 grams in weight, and its organs are complete, most cats may give birth at this stage as the fetus has reached the stage of full maturity (physically) and some cats may continue In the tenth week of pregnancy, it depends on the type of breed of the fetus.

At this stage, the mother cat begins to search for a quiet place for the fetuses to be safe in the event of birth, and one of the most important signs that the fetus and mother are at the time of labor is to notice the leakage of milk from the mother’s nipples, as she begins to make a purring sound, and her contractions begin to be clear. The mother's body temperature drops (by one degree).

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