When Do Cats Stop Growing?

Cats are popular as pets and generally considered sleek, beautiful, intelligent, and curious.

Not only can cats be aloof, but also are also known for their independence, playfulness. Mostly known for their purr sound, a vocalization that can indicate contentedness, security and affection, as well as distress and self-comfort.

Cats mature and develop more rapidly than humans and at one year the cat has reached sexual maturity, has mannerism and is socially acceptable. If it is a female by now she is able to reproduce.

It is not easy to calculate a cat’s age as there is no definite formula to do this. Although on can use clues in physical appearance like teeth, coat, energy levels.

Play activity begins to decrease and your cat becomes more likely to gain weight as he transitions from a kitten to a cat.

From 6 months to 12 months kittens stop growing in size although they still have a big personality.

A cat feeding on a proper diet can get to 10 pounds while some go to 20 pounds, for instance, Maine Coon the largest breed. Subsequently, a cat feeding on a poor diet can be small in size or become obese if overfeeding.

Importantly male cats grow bigger than females as gender and breed also contribute when checking on their growth. If a cat is castrated at an early age their bones actually get a tiny bit larger as it delays the closure of the growth cycle of their bones as males.

How to Differentiate a Kitten from a Cat

There are a lot of differences between a kitten and a cat. Aside from the obvious age disparity, the two have their own peculiar set of characteristics as well.
If a cat is less than 1 year that is definitely a kitten. Importantly the kitten is unable to control its temperature.

Body structure Physic differentiate Cats from Kittens

Body Structure Physic Differentiate Cats from Kittens

Regardless, a kitten will require extra calories to satisfy their energy requirements as they grow.  In addition, they can be high energy and high maintenance. You will find kitten food in your pet store that best satisfies their growth pattern keeping him healthier.

Kittens are lively and playful hence require an owner who can give them a lot of attention. Remember a kitten is still growing and may need constant medical checkup as their immune system is still immature making him vulnerable to diseases.

It may be hard to determine the age of your cat especially when adopting him as he may appear grown but has mannerism of a kitten.

Look at the following to know truly if your cat is grown or a kitten:

  • Cat Teeth

Cats baby teeth appear after 2-4 weeks hence a thorough checkup by your vet can tell you if you have a kitten or a cat.

Milk teeth are sharp and shaped almost needle-like and may be uncomfortable for the mother when nursing the kitten. kitten generally start losing their baby teeth around 3 months of age and may feel a lot of discomfort forcing them to nipple on things, chew objects such as toys, shoes, and furniture.

Checking clues in physical appearance is the best way to know your cats’ age especially the teeth and size.

Once the baby teeth fall off the adult teeth will appear by the 6th months

Also, in a kitten the teeth are cleaner compared to adult cat teeth which are stained and have tartar.

Keep your cat clean, healthy by brushing her teeth often to remove the tartar during grooming.

  • Cats Energy Levels

As a cat ages her energy level can reduce due to health issues like obesity, arthritis, eyesight loss. If your cat starts having difficulties climbing stairs she might be suffering from arthritis.

Kittens may have more energy are muscular and fit compared to their adult cats who might have excess skin limiting their activity levels to a minimum.

Once a cat is fully grown, they seek enjoyment from some of the more simple pleasures of life.

Their activities will range from napping, window watching, stretching, mealtime, and sprawling out in the sun or relaxing on their cat tower. By now their energy levels are low compared to kittens who are playful and full of exploitative energy.

  • Cat Fur

The kitten has soft fluffy fur as they mature while the cat coat is sleek and shiny and with time if not well-groomed can be matted. Nonetheless, the cat can start having coarse fur replacing the soft fur as they age. Others go to the extent of having patches on their coats when they grow.

Kittens Fur is Soft and Fluffy to Touch

Between the age of 6 and 12 months, as the kitten reaches adolescence, he will begin to shed his baby fur and the lovely coat he will wear for his adult years develops.

You will notice the kitten shed little fur but as an adult a lot of fur will be seen on the floor.

Undoubtedly, this occurs as the kitten coat begins to pull away from the follicle to make room for the adult coat.

Regular grooming sessions will keep both your cat clean as well as your home clean.

Cat shedding can be a nuisance but it is one of cat growing stages and keeps your cat cool and body temperature regulated.

Final Thoughts

Even though many cats stop growing at 12 months, not all cats are done growing at this age and some may continue growing at a slower rate.

Different cat breeds can reach their maturity growth at different ages, for instance, Maine coons-the largest breed can reach after 2 years.

Growth development of your kitten to an adult is determined by many factors but most important is the cat owner. Following a kitten need of attention and care during the growth process and behavior changes will require a committed owner.

One needs to know the best diet for proper growth that has all the required nutrients for easy transition from a kitten to a cat. As what you will notice about newborn kittens is that they do gain weight quickly once they begin feeding hence limit their portions to avoid obese.

Last but not least, both a cat and kitten are known as carnivorous in nature and give good companionship to dogs and human beings.