At four weeks, kittens need to focus on where to put their paws. Two months later they are perfect hunters, albeit in miniature format.
It comes to the first small blows. Luckily, brothers and sisters can already pick up their claws and show them again when needed. So far, the tiny weapons have always been far out. From the fourth week of life, social games are on, while the little ones are taught cat manners. They eagerly train with the patient mother and siblings. At first she pfoteln quite timid with their opposite number, then divide but soon specifically paws chops and samples to the use of sharp milk teeth but only complete six weeks. Although little brothers and sisters still have to focus heavily on where to put their paws, but at the age of four weeks, they hardly fall over, which strengthens their self-confidence. The organ of balance in the ear is developed so far that the sneaking and chasing of the siblings works just fine – and of course also to small, moving objects. Another one or two weeks, the tail must be erected when balancing steep, then running works like an adult without the rudder. Already the whole crowd of children rages through the flat and the garden, where the mother cat carried her out for the first time four weeks after the birth.
A Maunzer from the lost son
Tirelessly, the little ones practice catching, tumbling on the ground and jumping around like rubber balls. At first, the kittens of the mother are on the heels of the exploratory excursions, but in the commotion it can happen that one of the overweening siblings loses contact with the family. But it only needs to mourn, and the worried mother rushes to help her lost son or daughter. In this phase of development – when the cat’s children start their first morsels at the age of four or five weeks – the free-flowing cat mother begins her hunting lesson. She brings freshly killed prey with her home and lets her sniff her before she eats her up. Obviously, she wants to familiarize the youth with the future menu. A short time later, she even hauls live mice and organizes a kind of competition with her offspring to recapture the mouse. During this competitive situation, Bruderchen takes a heart and sets the killing bite. Done, the first mouse is defeated! Although, like all young cats, many patterns of hunting behavior are innate to him, the experiences with the prey brought by the mother help to perfect his abilities. After all, prey animals can not only escape but also be pretty biting.
The sense of balance will soon be perfect
At six weeks, the kittens have a better sense of balance than we humans. Now they are no longer necessarily dependent on breast milk, but are still nursed. They feel secure with their mother, who is still cleaning their rumps. And if they are frightened by something, like by neighbor’s old hen or the vacuum cleaner, they continue to seek protection from her. At the age of seven weeks, the interests change. The plaything with the siblings backstage, the cat’s children concentrate on their environment. All the little objects that roll, wiggle or run on their own, or let themselves be moved with the help of the cat’s paws, cast a spell over them, no matter if they are toys. Display: Make your cat happy or not. Feathers, balls of wool, leaves, bottle corks or bare toes attract attention. Alternatively, imaginary flies are hunted or shadows are sent to the wall. Even its own little tail does it sometimes as always ready to hand toys. These environmental games are very different from games with social partners, whether with conspecifics or humans: When a cat child deals with inanimate things from his environment, it repeats certain movements over and over again. At board games it never does. So much daily child’s play makes a lot of sense, researchers have found: Apart from the necessary bodybuilding and skill training, the playful games are vital for the healthy and rapid development. They stimulate brain growth and promote the motor and perceptive abilities that each cat child needs to explore and interact with others.
All the features of a skillful hunter
At the age of ten weeks, the siblings master all the forms of movement that they need to survive: climbing, running,Jump. Even on top of a branch, the mini-tigers can walk confidently without being threatened with falling. And should one of them accidentally slip off, then he lands like a grown-up and soft on all four paws. Another two weeks of game training, and they’ve done it: At the end of the third month, little brothers and sisters have all the skills of a skilful hunter, albeit in a much smaller version.