As you might know by now, I get to visit Fin every week until he comes home (Which is in 20 days, woop!), so I’ve seen him grow since he was 11 days old. It’s been so amazing to see how my little bean turned into an actual kitten! I’ve taken pictures of him every single week, and I’m planning to make him a photo album, and I’ll write detailed blogposts every 3 months, to update you on his development, growth, and all that jazz. For now, I’ll be writing about Ragdoll Development in general, because it really helped me with what to expect during the weekly visits.
First and foremost, I’m basing this post about what I’ve read online and heard from my breeder; I’m not an expert and I most certainly don’t claim to be. This page on the Velvetrags Cattery website gives you all the information you need about the first year of a Ragdoll’s life, including pictures, but I’ll give you a quick summary of what you can expect.
Ps. I found it through Google; its the only page I found that gave me all the information I wanted.
1st Month – Your kitten won’t look much like a cat for the first three weeks, but he or she will be growing a lot! The first week, little bean will only sleep and nurse, but as I said, they’ll be growing a ton. Their ear canals will open, and colour/pattern might start to show around 7-10 days.
Week two the eyes will start to open and the kitten will start to crawl and may try roll over or stand, but he’ll be very wobbly.
Week three, the kittens will start exploring as their vision improves, and the wobbling around will be less.. wobbly. His teeth will also start coming in, and he might start purring when in contact with humans.
By week four, he’ll look like an actual kitten! He’ll start learning how to groom himself, eat wet food, and might even try out the litterbox. This is also a great time for human interaction.
2nd Month – Week five is one of the most fun weeks; your kitten will be able to walk easily now, he’ll start being interested in play with both you and littermates, but he’ll also start looking for human interaction.
By week six, in your kitten’s eyes, everything is a toy; he’ll be very active, but he can go from a 100 to 0 in seconds. He’ll be introduced to the scratching post by his mother, and he’ll start eating dry food.
Week seven and week eight aren’t much different, except that he’ll be more independent from his mom, and he’ll weigh about a kilo (2lbs). He’ll be playing with his siblings most of the time, and won’t be that interested in humans, unless they’re sporting some fun toys. He might also get his first shots in week eight, but that really depends on your breeder and the standard your country has.
3rd Month – Your kitten will improve his motor skills during week nine and develop a need for hunting prey during playtime. He’ll get a little bulkier, and he’ll learn the proper boundaries when interacting with humans from his mom.
During week ten, the fluff will come in, his colour will keep getting darker, and he’ll be gulping down food like there’s no tomorrow to keep up his energy.
Again, week twelve and eleven aren’t very eventful. The kittens won’t need their mom anymore and are basically independent, they’ll calm down a bit and start craving more human interaction again. During week twelve, he’ll get his last vaccinations, and possibly a spay/neuter, but that depends on your breeder.
Month 4-6 – Your kitten will come home with you somewhere in the fourth month, yay! He’ll start looking more like a tiny adult, instead of a kitten, and he’ll be getting his adult teeth. Month five is a peak in growth for kittens, so you might have to increase his food. Kittens at this age should weigh at least 2 kilos (5 pounds), and gain about 500 grams each month (1 pound).
In the sixth month, your kitten, now looking more and more like a cat, will figure out his position in the household, which means you have to stick to your rules, or he’ll decide on a position you don’t like.
Month 7-9 – This is the teenager stage of cats; they might rebel a bit, and their instinct to hunt will become greater than it has been before, so a lot of play time and stimulating toys is recommended. Of course, lots of cuddles are recommended too (not only for the cat; cuddling cats is proven to be therapeutic!).
Month 10-12 – Your cat will still be a little bit of a teenager, but he’ll slowly slow down into adulthood; his adult personality will show more. He’ll still keep filling out, but at at a much slower rate, since Ragdolls keep growing till year three or four, and their colour will develop until then as well.
So, that’s how Ragdolls develop throughout their life. Every cat is different, but this is just the general stuff, so if your kitty is a little different from this, its normal! Cat’s are kittens until they’ve reached their first year, so it’s advised you keep them on kitten food (wet food for adults is okay, but dry food for kittens is very different from the kibble for adults), after that, they’re officially adults and can eat adult food.
I’ll switch to yearly updates after he’s gone through his official kitten phase. If you want to see how he’s growing week by week, feel free to check out our Instagram in the sidebar! I might also post a video of the photo album when it’s done, just to show you what it looks like, and how he’s grown!
He’s already grown so much, and time flies by so quickly, which makes me all the more grateful that I get to see him every week. I can’t even imagine how much he’ll have grown by next year, but then again, I can’t wait for him to have completely grown into who he’ll be.