If anyone knows a link to a reliable kitten weight chart/table, please could they post it here?
Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
Skittles babies are over that the smallest was 4.3 and the biggest is 5oz they are 18 hours old... Is all of that ok.. Should I worry.
Originally Posted by gayef
Might this be of help?
At birth, kittens should weigh approximately 3 to 3 and a half ounces.
At 1 week weight should be approximately 4 ounces.
At 2 weeks, weight should be approximately 7 ounces
At 3 weeks, weight should be approximately 10 ounces
At 4 weeks weight should be approximately 13 ounces.
At 5 weeks, weight should be approximately 1 pound.
By the end of the 8th week, kittens should weigh approximately 2 pounds.
I just looked at that link and when I put the date my kittens were born in, (12th July), It says they are 12 weeks old on 20th October..... They will actually be 14 weeks and 2 days old by then.
I'm a bit worried that the rest of the information may be wrong in places too. Is there any other place that will give a timeline of such things that I can look at?
The old link and the one just posted are pretty similar and pretty accurate. As another poster added, kitten weights are as unique as snowflakes, so all of this is just an estimation. The main thing is to look at the weight of each kitten individually and track their individual growth. Some kittens will naturally gain more as they are meant to be a bigger cat, while others may have a smaller frame and therefore, smaller gains. As Maewkaew said they should double their birthweight in the first week, but as they get older their gains do slow down a bit. Because of that it is not at all uncommon for kittens to be 10-12 weeks before they make it to the two pound mark.
While these are both good guidelines more important than the actual numbers is the mere fact that each kitten is gaining. On average each should gain between 10-15 grams a day, though they will all go through periods where they gain more or less than that. So long as they are gaining some each day and are otherwise healthy and on track there isn't much to worry about. But, any weight loss and you should contact your vet immediately.
On your end, make sure you are weighing at the same time each day to get the most accurate reflection, and be sure to write it all down as it's way too easy to forget.
I've been weighing the kittens at the same time daily and all are gaining between 15g and 20g a day. I'm keeping a chart of the weights as I want to have a full history and profile from birth of each kitten for their new owners.
They are all looking really good and healthy, as is the mother so I am really pleased with the progress so far.
I am still feeding the mother kitten food and will continue while she is feeding them.
Thanks for all the great advice from everyone. x