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How Do I Tell If a Stray Cat Is Still a Kitten?

    • 1). Observe the stray cat as closely as possible. Size is the first giveaway to determining if a cat is a kitten, as well as unopened eyes (less than 7-10 days old) and unable to really stand and walk (less than 2 to 3 weeks old).

    • 2). Determine how active the cat is. If the stray cat begins to show some confidence in their movement, particularly their exploring, and is becoming extremely active, than it's a good bet they are 5 to 6 weeks old or older.

    • 3). Examine the teeth. At 7 months, all adult teeth are typically developed. This includes the deciduous incisors, which are the smaller teeth in the front; the deciduous canines, the longer and pointy teeth in the front; and the pre-molars, all of which should have come in by 8 weeks. These are followed by the incisors (anterior teeth), canines (longer teeth), and molars (broad-surfaced teeth).

    • 4). Check with a veterinarian. Often, a stray cat can appear small, such as the size of a developing kitten, if it is undernourished.

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