Kittens are one of the most loved pet categories. A lot of people love to cuddle with and play with kittens. They are a joy to have in the home.
Kittens require a lot of attention and supervision when they are young. Until they are about twelve weeks old, they need to be with their mother and siblings to learn socialization and how to be a cat.
At this stage, they need to be toileted trained and taught how to hunt by their mothers. After this point, they can be taken away from the family if needed.
Weighing your kitten is an important part of checking if your little fur ball is healthy. A healthy weight will depend on the breed and whether or he or she is an adult or a kitten. This information can be found online or via your local veterinarian.
3 month old kitten weight range
Kittens are very curious creatures, and as a pet owner, it is your job to educate them. One of the most important things they need to learn is how to weigh enough.
Kittens grow very quickly, and at three months old most kittens have reached the weight they will be for their entire adult life. This is why it is important to know how much a three month old kitten should weigh.
If your kitten weighs less than two pounds, they may not have gotten enough nutrition while in the womb or while eating milk. This can be due to health issues the mother cat has or malnutrition she experiences herself.
If your kitten weighs more than two and a half pounds, they may have some growing left to do! In this case, it might be best to keep feeding them until they reach that weight so they do not grow too fast and become overweight.
How to feed your kitten
When feeding your kitten, make sure to use the right food. Kittens need cat milk, not dog milk. Kitten milk replacement products are also an option if you do not have a source of cat milk.
Most shelters have a feeding schedule that you should follow when adopting a kitten. This schedule usually tells you how much to feed the kitten per meal and how many meals per day. Follow this schedule to ensure your kitten grows well!
Once the kitten is off its mother’s milk, you can start introducing solid foods. There are many resources online that tell you what types of foods to introduce first, and when to do so.
Some kittens like to play with their food, which can be dangerous if they do not get enough nutrition because they are playing with the food instead of eating it. There are ways to prevent this!
Once kittens are older (around one year old), they tend to lose their teeth for about two weeks. During this time, they need extra nutrition so that they do not lose any weight.
Helpful tips for finding your kitten’s weight
Finding your kitten’s weight is important for his or her health. As mentioned before, a healthy kitten should have some body fat to protect him or her from temperature changes.
Kittens are known for their playful nature and curiosity. A great way to gauge his or her weight is by playing with him or her.
If he or she seems heavy while playing, then they need more muscle and weight gain. If he or she seems light, then they need more fat!
Another tip is to find a trustworthy veterinarian and have them weigh your kitten. If you do not have a veterinarian yet, then ask someone if they know of one that works with cats. Most vets are free or low cost, so this is not a expensive way to get help!
Remember, kittens grow fast so checking every few days will help you keep an eye on the growth of your kitten.
Talk to your veterinarian
Your veterinarian is a great resource for information on cat weight. Your vet will know the normal weights for cats, and can also do a quick weigh on your kitten to see if he or she is growing at the normal rate.
If you find that your kitten weighs less than the average weight for his or her age and breed, then you should talk to your veterinarian. They will be able to tell you if this is something to be concerned about or not.
A small difference may just mean that your kitten grew in different conditions than the average kitten, which is why it is important to talk to your veterinarian. They will be able to determine if there is a problem or not.
We hope that you have learned how to tell if your kitten weighs too much or too little! If you have any questions, please contact your local veterinary clinic.
Use a pet scale
If you do not have access to a pet scale, your local pet store or veterinarian’s office should have one you can use. Pet stores may charge you a small fee for use of their scales, so ask before you make the trip.
Pet stores and veterinarians use weight to determine if a pet needs to be taken into their facility for further testing or treatment. This is why it is important to have access to a scale.
We recommend getting a pet scale that has the capability to measure in both pounds and kilograms. This makes it more universal and easier to check the weight of your kitten.
Kittens can be hard to hold, so make sure you have a good grip on your kitten before trying to weigh them.
Charting your kitten’s growth
A good way to know if your kitten is growing well is to keep a growth chart. You can find kitten growth charts online and online pet stores offer them as well.
Most include several parameters for weight gain, so you can see if your kitten is putting on the right amount of weight per week, per month, and overall.
Weekly weight gain is usually between half a pound and one pound, per the chart. Per month, they should gain between two and four pounds, depending on their starting size.
These are just general guidelines, though. If your kitten seems to be developing normally and looks like it’s proportioned correctly, then it’s probably growing enough!
Adolescent kittens can seem like they are not growing for a little while, but then they shoot up quickly.
What if my kitty is underweight?
If you think your kitten is underweight, the best thing to do is take it to a vet. A veterinarian will be able to give a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Small cats tend to be harder to feed, so the extra help and guidance is very helpful. The vet will weigh your kitten and determine if they need to increase their calories or add supplements.
Nutritional deficiencies can also cause weight loss, so the vet will check for those as well. Supplementing your kitten with vitamins may be a quick fix to this issue.
Remember, your kitty may not necessarily be overweight, but have nutritional deficiencies that cause them to look that way.
What if my kitty is overweight?
If your kitty is overweight, you should ask your veterinarian for suggestions on how to help them lose weight safely.
Some vets have diet plans they recommend and send home with food samples to start the kitty on the diet. Others may have you buy special diet foods from their clinic and give instructions on how much to feed them.
Most vets know a few things:
Kittens grow fast, so it is important to monitor their growth with a veterinary scale. You don’t want them to lose weight too fast, or they could become malnourished. It is best to have them lose about two pounds per month. You need to keep an eye on their appetite and behavior- if they are not interested in eating or are acting differently, then you need to visit the vet because that may be a sign of illness.