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when will kittens open eyes and ears

post #1 of 16
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Hi, my kittens are 1 week old today and when will they start to hear and see. there is no sign yet.
Natascha
post #2 of 16
Usually not before they are 10days old and from that point it can take up till they are about two weeks
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
ok thanks
post #4 of 16
my kittens are 5 days old and 2 of the 4 have started to open their eyes
but from what i have read 10-14 days is when the eyes are suppose to open
Kathi
post #5 of 16
It can vary with individual kittens, but 5 to 10 days give or take is about normal for most.
post #6 of 16
One of my siamese kittens actually opened his eyes then he was 2 days old.
post #7 of 16
*Really sickening gushy mode now on*

When they first start to open and they are still not quite BOTH open ... I call them Winkies. *giggle* They are just precious and I can't help but to laugh when I see them in that stage. Big old heads and one closed eye - they are so dern cute I just wanna kiss 'em on those big old round bellies!

*Really sickening mushy mode now off*

Umm, *ahem* OK - well, kittens are born both deaf and blind. They learn almost immediately to survive on their senses of smell and touch. They learn their mother's scent and touch almost immediately. When they are between 5 to 10 days old, their eyes start to open and the world around them slowly begins to come into focus. Their hearing becomes more and more acute each passing day as they mature.

By day 15, they should begin to respond to visual as well as audible stimuli but individuals may be faster or slower than others. All will be somewhat clumsy in their response and you usually can't hold their attention for any terrible amount of time either.

Hope this helps,

~gf~
post #8 of 16
I just had the cuties litter of 5, they are so sweet. They were born Feb. 25th and their mommy really likes me I guess because she let me sit right next to her and comfort her through the whole thing. So mine our 5 days old too and no sign of eyes or ears opening yet but I think they know me because when I hold them and pet them they don't cry and sometimes they will fall asleep in my arms. I love little kittens hee hee hee.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Fieldofflowers
I just had the cuties litter of 5, they are so sweet. They were born Feb. 25th and their mommy really likes me I guess because she let me sit right next to her and comfort her through the whole thing. So mine our 5 days old too and no sign of eyes or ears opening yet but I think they know me because when I hold them and pet them they don't cry and sometimes they will fall asleep in my arms. I love little kittens hee hee hee.
Welcome Fieldofflowers....I do hope mom and kittens are inside only and that you have plans to treat mom to a spay appt when her 5 kittens are weaned at around 6 to 8 weeks of age.

Katie
post #10 of 16
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When they first start to open and they are still not quite BOTH open ... I call them Winkies. *giggle* They are just precious and I can't help but to laugh when I see them in that stage. Big old heads and one closed eye - they are so dern cute I just wanna kiss 'em on those big old round bellies!
LOL, I totally agree, it is the sweetest thing.

My Shenzi's litter (8) started opening their eyes on day 6 and by day 8 they were all opened.
post #11 of 16
Kittens can hear before they can see. Most of mine opened eyes from 5-10 days, more earlier then later. I know most books say around 10 days but all of mine were opening well before 10 days old
post #12 of 16
Yes, they are in-door cats. The mommy cat was a barn cat that I brought home on December 30th. Surprise for me she was a few days pregnant when I brought her home. I have all intentions of getting her fixed.
post #13 of 16
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Yes, they are in-door cats. The mommy cat was a barn cat that I brought home on December 30th. Surprise for me she was a few days pregnant when I brought her home. I have all intentions of getting her fixed.
That's good to hear. Let me know if you need a low cost clinic.

Katie
post #14 of 16
my foster kittens are 10 days old and most of their eyes are either open or partially open.
post #15 of 16

On average their eyes open 7 - 10 days old, but I have had as early as 4 and as late as 14, they will do it when they are good and ready, just be patient and DO NOT under any circumstance force them. Sometimes its hard to wait but its worth it :)

post #16 of 16

By the way, my current litter of Birmans are a week today and one is just starting to open in the corners, keep bright lights off them and let them do their thing :)

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