When Do Cats Stop Growing?(What You Should Know)
Many people keep various pets for a number of reasons and cats are among some of the favourite pets kept by a larger percentage of the human population globally. Most people envy cats for many reasons, but the primary reason is that of the cats’ inspired playfulness as well as their independent spirit.
It could shock you to realise that many cat owners would prefer to spend their time playing with their cats while taking a nap in the sun as compared to spending the whole day typing on a computer or watching a movie.
Cats are said to have nine lives, and surely, they never seem to grow old. If you are reading this article then chances are that you love cats and you probably own one as pet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and you probably think you know everything about your pet cat but have ever asked yourself this question, “When do cats stop growing?”
Their cuteness never ends. Their friendliness and fluffy nature will make you always to want to cuddle and caress them. Personally, I would always want them to remain to be kittens. Watching them play and joining them in their play has always been a thrilling experience for me.
Effects of Cat’s Feeding on their Growth
Naturally, cats have smaller stomachs, but they require lots of calories and nutrients for the first one year. Feeding of kittens should be done in a consistent way, for instance, you can choose to feed your kittens with three-quarters of a cup of dry food for three or four times per day. When the kittens turn six months, you can reduce the number of times you feed them to two per day.
Free feeding is quite effective for slow-growing kittens and underweight kittens. Neutered cats are prone to obesity due to free and frequent feeding.
Growth Process for Cats
Cats have an extremely steep growth curve. They grow old very fast, especially in the first one year. After that year they cease to be kittens and are now fully grown cats. Their bones grow, and they experience a rapid increase in body size. In the next four months, the cats mature sexually which leads to further increased growth. At this stage, your cat is likely to fatten up or fill out.
The growth processes of cats vary according to the various cat breeds. There are approximately 42 breeds of cats. For instance, the Maine Coon cats, which are quite large take longer to grow and may take up to two to four years for them to reach their fully grown stage.
Reproduction of Cats
The puberty stage of cats starts when the cat is about six to nine months. Pregnancy can be hard on your growing female cat although it is still possible since the cat is physically mature. Male cats, on the other hand, can father kittens and so you should keep them away from the kittens and the maturing female cats.
In case you decide to neuter or spay your cat, you had better consult the vet. Most vets do prefer to have kittens neutered or spayed right before they get to the reproductive stage. To prevent spaying, male cats can be neutered a little before they get to 6 months of age.
Feeding of Cats
Failing to meet the nutritional needs of your cat will cause them to have stunted growth or may cause them to stop growing. Veterinarians do recommend commercial food of high quality for a proper maturity of the cats. Large amounts of iron, zinc, potassium, sodium and magnesium are not suitable nutrients for your cat. They make cats to have retarded growth. A lot of calcium makes the cats have very dense bones which develop quite slowly.
In the U.S, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) does verify the standards of any pet food marketed for a particular life stage. Always ensure that you feed your cats with verified food if you want them to grow in the best way.
At the age of one year, your cat will be done growing. The bone structure will have formed in the right way such that the bones will not be too weak and they will also not be too dense’ and your cat will be of good body size. One year of a cat is equivalent to four human years.
Cat’s age and health cannot be compared to those of human beings since human beings in their old age are usually prone to diseases, but cats are quite immune. In their second year, your cat can still fill out and fatten up, and the bones are already formed only if you maintain the nutritional requirements in your cat’s meals.
Maturity of Cats
At the age of six months, your kitten gets more clingy and temperamental. The primary cause of this is the hormonal changes taking place in the kitten’s body. In two years, the cat becomes calmer as he or she gets used to life now that it is a full grown cat. The neutered or spayed cats tend to retain the kitten-like appearance, the playful nature, the need to be shown affection and their friendly nature.
What You Should Consider As Your Cat Grows
- If you had your kitten spayed or neutered you should feed it on less food per day after 12 months to prevent it from getting obese.
- Cut on the food you are feeding your cat on if you notice that he or she is developing a fat belly or getting overweight.
- Adopting an adult cat is easier compared to adopting a kitten since the adult cat already has his or her personality established.
- The nutritional needs of your cat will definitely change as it develops into adulthood. After a period of one year, start feeding your cat on adult food other than the kitten food which you were previously feeding it on.
Who knew that cats have personalities to mold? Now you know, but it all depends on how well you bring up your cat to make it more tamable. Feeding your cat also plays a significant role in determining the growth rate of your cat.
Commercial food with the appropriate nutrients which has been recommended by the Association of American Food Control Officials is the best to ensure that your cat grows the way it should. Despite the fact that cats have nine lives, after one year, most cats have grown to the maximum size other than the cat breeds which are larger which take about two or four years to grow fully.
I believe that as a cat lover, now you are able to understand more about the growth of your favourite pet and all that is needed to make sure that your pet grows normally. I believe you can now comfortably answer the question, “When do cats stop growing?” .Do you believe there is something very important about the growth of cats that I may have not included but should have been included? In case there is please inform us about it in the comments section below. Do not fear asking any questions that you might need expert answers to.