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post #1 of 16
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Hey.. I'm hoping I could get some opinions to help me. I'm trying to figure out how old my kitten, Reno is. I'm gonna be travelling to California and I'd like for him to get his shots and Frontline before then, but he has to be 8 weeks old.

These images were taken on September 29th:



Any educated guesses as to what his age might have been at the time?

(The cast is from an unfortunate door injury.. my mom didn't see him in the porch and he tried to follow her into the house. She closed the door on his paw and he had to have it amputated.. )
post #2 of 16
Around four weeks?
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Charcoal
Around four weeks?
That's what I was guessing, but I wasn't sure. If that's the case then he should be fine for his shots and stuff by now. I really wish I'd paid more attention to the exact date when his litter was born. >.<
post #4 of 16
wow he sure is away from his Mom early - whats this little ones story? Sure is adorable Looks extremley young to me as well
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Originally Posted by huggles
wow he sure is away from his Mom early - whats this little ones story? Sure is adorable Looks extremley young to me as well
Reno's part of a litter of six (huge litter.. o_o). He's the runt of his litter so he's pretty small compared to the rest. As I said, he was in an unfortunate accident. He and his brother Rude are in the habit of breaking away from the rest of the litter and exploring together. For the longest time we thought they were the only two kittens 'cause we never saw any others (they're outdoor cats).

Our porch light was burnt out for a while and both Reno and Rude being grey makes them extremely hard to see at night. Reno happened to be on the porch one night and my mom came home from work late, unfortunately unaware he was there. She went into the house and he tried to follow her inside, and she accidentally wound up closing the door on his paw. It was horrible. I won't go into the gorey details but it messed up his paw very badly.

The vet wound up having to amputate his paw just past the wrist area. Fortunately he still has a bit of pad on the end so it's tough enough for him to walk on. He finally had his last cast removed a few weeks ago. The wound is totally closed up now and looking really good. He's walking on it and everything.

We were forced to keep him inside the house away from his family because there was concern about the other cats messing with his leg. The other cats also tend to dissappear now and then (they have lots of places to hide) and if Reno dissappeared when it was time to take him to the vet for a cast replacement he stood the chance of severe infection. It was very important we keep track of him so we could take him for his regular weekly checkups.

He's pretty well acclimated to indoor life and I let him out now and then to visit his siblings. When he was still nursing I alternated between bottle feeding him and locking him on the porch with his mother to make sure he was able to get all the necessary nutrients. He's a very happy and energetic healthy little kitty. You'd never know he was disabled by the way he gets around. He's a real sweet-heart.

Those pictures were taken toward the end of September, so he's a bit over 2 months old now.

Here's his whole litter:

post #6 of 16
What an incredible litter! They are beautiful!
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by captiva
What an incredible litter! They are beautiful!

I agree!!! Beautiful kitties!!! Though I have yet to see an ugly cat.

I was going to say about 4 weeks old until I saw his siblings. HIm being the runt and al my guess now would be about 6 weeks. I doubt any older than that though.
post #8 of 16
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You've all helped a bunch. ^_^

4-6 weeks in late September would mean he's more than old enough for all his shots and Frontline now. I'm so horrible at judging cat ages and I was terrified of jumping the gun and getting him his vaccinations too soon.

His mother's a calico, heh. This is her second litter. The first was just as colorful (though not as large).



Here she is with Reno and his siblings. If I remember correctly, Reno's buried under there somewhere.
post #9 of 16
Since Reno is the runt (of a beautiful litter, by the way) this may not help, but the vets at my clinic use the rule of thumb that in general, kittens gain 1 pound per month. This isn't always the case but it usually helps me make a decent guess.

Amanda
post #10 of 16
awwww what a story - poor little Reno - but sounds to me as this bunch of kitties couldnt of found a better family - you & your family sure sound like you know what your doing and do whatever you have to for the kitties. bless you - how wonderful.

and yes they sure are an adorable litter - Mum's pretty gorgeous as well
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by huggles
awwww what a story - poor little Reno - but sounds to me as this bunch of kitties couldnt of found a better family - you & your family sure sound like you know what your doing and do whatever you have to for the kitties. bless you - how wonderful.

and yes they sure are an adorable litter - Mum's pretty gorgeous as well
Thank you very much. You're so kind. We're fortunate to have such good kitties and very grateful to have such a good vet.
post #12 of 16
I would definately say he is at least 8 weeks - More likely a bit older and more around 10-12 weeks.
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OMG Furby!
post #14 of 16
I can't help you with the age, but wanted to say How adorable!!!!
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by jamasmom
I can't help you with the age, but wanted to say How adorable!!!!
Hehehe, thank you. X3 They're such a sweet litter. The two calicos are so soft and fluffy~
post #16 of 16
they sure do look so soft - I wanna cuddle them LOL

hows Reno's little leg going?
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