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Cat Life Cycle: Required Care and Behavior During Each Phase

Do you know what to expect during each phase of your cat’s life cycle?  Learn more about it so that you can take great care of your puss during each stage of life.  

Your precious kitty will change a lot through her lifetime.  Each phase of the cat life cycle is marked by different behaviors and care requirements.  

Read this article to get an idea of what to expect during those phases.  

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Kitten (0- 6 Months)

Behavior

Kittens are super cute, but they are also super active and curious.  They love to play and are highly entertaining to watch, making this phase the most fun of all cat development stages.    

Care

Caring for a kitten is a big commitment.  You will have to help your kitten get used to:

  • The carrier
  • Riding in a car
  • Being groomed
  • Meeting new people
  • Using the litter box

You will also need to correct your kitty’s destructive behaviors, such as tearing up your couch or climbing your curtains.  

Replace those naughty behaviors with acceptable activities, like using a cat scratcher and climbing a cat tree.

And if you want to keep your kitty safe, you must kitten proof your home. This involves:

  • Hiding wires
  • Blocking off vents
  • Getting rid of cat-toxic plants
  • And more 

Junior (6 Months – 2 Years) 

Behavior

During this phase, your kitty will probably test the boundaries you’ve set.  But don’t worry.  Your feline will begin to settle down as she approaches her second birthday.  

Care

Provide toys that keep your kitty busy and out of mischief.  Whenever playing with your puss, make sure your cat understands that your hands and feet are not part of the game!   

If your cat tests the boundaries, be sure to enforce the rules you’ve set. This will teach your cat to abide by those rules for life.  

Once your cat turns a year old, gradually transition your feline to adult cat food.         

Prime (3 – 6 Years)

Behavior

Although no longer a kitten, your cat will remain relatively active during this phase.  That being said, your furry friend is also just as likely to relax in her favorite spots.  

Care

Hopefully, your fully grown pet won’t need any more training.  But if one or more troublesome behaviors linger, you can work with a professional cat trainer to correct them.  

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Mature (7 – 10 Years)

Behavior

As your cat gets older, she will become less active and playful.  This decrease in activity may lead to weight gain.  

Care

Keep encouraging your cat to play every day.  Short, 15-minute play sessions will do.  If your cat starts to gain weight, adjust your feline’s diet and portion sizes.  

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Senior (11+ Years)

Behavior

Kitties that are approaching the end of the cat lifespan require extra love and patience.  

That’s because they may develop litter box problems and lose some mobility.  They are also more likely to have health problems.    

Care

Continue providing excellent care so that your senior kitty stays healthy and strong.  In addition, make sure your cat can easily access the litter box and her food and water dishes.  

If your puss can’t jump up to her favorite places, provide ramps.  You should also keep her physically and mentally engaged each day.  Limit her activities to those that are appropriate for senior cats. 

Above all else, shower your fur baby with lots of love and snuggles.  Since your kitty has given you so many wonderful years of companionship, your elderly cat deserves this TLC!