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A cat is full grown at a year, right?

post #1 of 13
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I'm just sitting here looking at my 3 beasties. Simon and Max who are already 7 and 8 years old are about the same size. Boots, the kitten, is considerably smaller and he'll be a year in August. Do they keep growing after a year, or is he just a little guy? (He's the alpha, btw!)
post #2 of 13
Depends on the mix of breed s/ or breed in a cat ... many grow well beyond a yr ... some are done at 8-10 months
post #3 of 13
Does it also depend on at what age they're neutered? My cats who weren't neutered until they were rescued at more than a year old are/were big guys; my cat who was neutered before being rescued is smaller (though stronger).
post #4 of 13
Chloe is the same age (she'll be 1 year old around August 15th, so she's 10 1/2 months old now) and is still very tiny. She still eats kitten food, and I will keep her on it until at least a year. She was an orphan kitten found at 4 weeks old with one other litter mate, so I wonder if maybe her mom was malnourished or whether she even got very much nutrition during her first month. I mean, that has to have some impact on her doesn't it? She was spayed at 5 1/2 months old but I don't think that did anything either way as far as growth. I'm pretty sure Chloe weighs about 7 lbs.

I think it just depends on the cat.

When I adopted Matilda last October, the shelter thought she was 9 months old but she was definitely the size of a full-grown adult cat, weighing a little more than 8 lbs. (My vet guessed that she was actually 1-2 years old). The shelter was feeding her adult food. Now she's close to 10 lbs. and I'm really watching what she eats so she doesn't get much larger than that.
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My Oreo will be a year Aug 29th and she is small but she was half the size of the other Kittens when I got her and she has fcks. She is bigger then Sasha who will be 2 Aug 24th.
post #6 of 13
They might be done growing height- and length-wise at a year.....but mine have a tendency to grow "outward" after a year or so.
post #7 of 13
What is the weight of a full-grown female domestic short hair usually?
post #8 of 13
My full-grown domestic short hair cat should be 11 pounds...and that's big for a female. She is a big, long cat with big paws and head. Females range from 8-12 pounds for a dsh, depending on their frame.

She does weigh 16 pounds...but is on a diet..........and at her age...I'm sure she's be in kitty heaven before she loses the extra 5 pounds.....but she's trying!!
post #9 of 13
really varies - in my house, we have 4 females, 1 male. females are 7.5, 9.5, 10, & 13 pounds - male is 17 pounds [but he's a bit heavy - should be around 15]. all DSH, too.
post #10 of 13
typical cat wts .. female 8-12 lbs ... Male 10-14lbs
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Brokenheart View Post
Does it also depend on at what age they're neutered? My cats who weren't neutered until they were rescued at more than a year old are/were big guys; my cat who was neutered before being rescued is smaller (though stronger).
Cats spayed/neutered early are usually bigger, taller and longer than those neutered later.

Moggies vary so greatly in size, the early neuter you've got is probably just a small cat
post #12 of 13
My RB kitty, Leo, weighed 2.5 lbs at about 8 weeks, and he grew to 22 lbs at his full growth, about 1.5 years. He was so big his back came almost to my knees. A sweet kitty, let my little 8lb alpha male push him around, though it was just play, Leo could have shredded him any time. He was a lover not a fighter.
post #13 of 13
It does depend on the mix but it's hard to tell if they're done growing sometimes I think.
I have two kittens around the same age. Church is a DSH and he seemed like he was going to be a big cat because he was 4 pounds at under 12 weeks old (not chubby at all) and he gained 2 pounds a month steadily from then until about 6 months old. However his growth slowed down dramatically at that point, and he's gained less than a pound since May. He's now 9-point-something pounds at 8 months. My other kitten Roxy is a Maine Coon. She weighs a little less than Church although they're similar in size, but Maine Coons continue to grow until 2-4 years old.
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