15 Little Kitten Surprising Facts That You Might Not Know

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I can’t think of anything that’s as cute as a little kitten. From their soft paws to their cute little meow’s they have the ability to melt your heart in an instant. 

In this article, you’ll find cute little kitten images that will put a smile on your dial. Cat videos to make you laugh because after all, laughter is the best medicine. 

Finally, I’ll throw in some cool facts about kittens you might not have known about.

15 Facts About Little Kittens 

Grab a cup of tea and have a quick read below about 15 cool facts you might not have known about kittens.

#1 – Kittens Can’t See & Hear Fully Until 2-3 Weeks Old

A little kitten’s eyes will remain closed until they’re about 1 week old. Even though their eyes will open they still can’t see right away. It can take up to 3 weeks for kittens to see clearly. 

Want to know how quickly kittens grow into cats? Check out this article on when cats stop growing. 

#2 – Kittens Can Sleep Around 18 Hours Per Day

Okay so this might not be a secret as cats pretty much sleep all day. This doesn’t change just because they’re kittens. Kittens can sleep around 18 hours a day which is what gives them all that built up energy. 

Did you know that your kitten is able to release a particular growth hormone when sleeping? It’s a big part of how they grow so quickly!

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#3 – Newborn Kittens Purr!

One of my favorite sounds of all time is a cat’s purr. They’re born with this ability and you will often hear the purrs of a kitten when they’re feeding or being groomed by momma cat.

Here’s a cool article on why adult cats purr

#4 – Kittens Are Born With A Very Strong Sense of Smell

While little kittens might take a few weeks to see properly this is not the case with their sense of smell. Right away they are born with an incredible sense of smell, while their eyesight and hearing develops over time. 

#5 – Kittens Can Be Left or Right-Pawed

This one surprised me! Turns out kittens can indeed be born right or left paw dominant. Watch closely and long enough and you’ll start to notice each kitten could have a favorable paw they use for exploring new things. 

#6 – Kittens Can Fit Their Bodies Anywhere Their Heads Can!

That cute little kitten head can fit into many places they shouldn’t. Watch kittens closely as in most cases if their head can fit, their entire body can. We don’t want you having to rescue kitty from a sticky situation. 

#7 – Kitten’s Whiskers Tell Them How Wide Their Body Is

Cats and kittens will use their whiskers to determine if they can fit into certain places. Kittens whiskers are as wide as their bodies are. Remember if their head can fit, so can they. 

#8 – All Kittens Are Born With Blue Eyes

Kittens will be born with beautiful blue eyes and keep them up until around 8 weeks old. Around this time they will either stay blue or they will begin to change colour. 

#9 – Kittens Have 26 Teeth

Kittens will initially have a total of 26 teeth and when they begin to lose their “baby” teeth they will eventually grow to have a full set of 30 teeth as adults. At around 6 months of age is when they could be teething and growing their adult teeth. It’s a good idea to get them a chew toy or teething toy. 

Check out some awesome kitten teething toys here. 

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#10 – The Average Adult Cat Litter is 1-8 Kittens

On average adult cats will give birth to 1-8 kittens. Astonishingly the largest recorded litter is 19 kittens. Momma cat would have had her paws full that’s for sure. 

Bored Of Our Kitten Facts? Here’s A Video To Keep You Going!! 


#11 – There Are Health Benefits To Owning Cats And Kittens

It has been proven that the sound of a cat or kitten purring will lower our stress levels. It has been noted that it not only lowers stress levels but can also lower your blood pressure and heal bones and muscles. Are cats the real man’s best friend no ones talking about? 

#12 – Little Kittens Are Very Impressionable

Like puppies, the first 12 weeks are crucial learning periods for kittens. They’ll learn who can be trusted, what to eat, where they can go to the bathroom and who gives the best cuddles. It’s up to us to take the role of disciplinary if momma cat is being too slack. 

Want to know how to discipline a cat the right way? Check out the article I’ve written on how to properly discipline your cat and better understand them. 

#13 – Little Kittens Need To Be Socialised

During those first 12 weeks of birth, you should do all you can to make sure they are socializing with other cats. This gives them the chance to learn important social skills including grooming.

They will learn where they fit into the hierarchy of your home and spoiler alert they’ll typically assume the top spot!

#14 – They Have One Of The Best Sense Of Hearing On The Planet! But, They’re Born Deaf

Once their hearing has fully developed, cats have one of the best hearing abilities on the planet! At 4 weeks of age, they’re able to hear 65,000 hertz, compared to a human who can only hear 20,000 hertz. 

#15 –  It’s Important You Keep The Litter Box Clean For Them

You should clean their litter box daily when they’re kittens. If they’re not using the litter box you should try a different kitty litter. If you notice your kitten eating the litter switch to an edible litter and begin to train them to not eat the litter as best you can. 

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