Newborn kittens typically weigh between 3 and 3.2 ounces (about 85 to 95 grams), depending on whether they are male or female. At birth, the average kitten is about 9.5 centimeters (cm) long (a little less than 4 inches) from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail.
Newborn kittens typically weigh between 2 and 4 ounces. If your kitten is smaller than this, you should bring it to the vet to make sure it is getting enough food. If your kitten will not nurse, you can give it formula with a bottle or an eye dropper. In general, kittens weigh between three and five ounces at birth. The average newborn kitten weighs around three ounces; however, there can be a vast range of weight in the first few days of life. It’s important to remember that kittens are fragile and prone to hypothermia and dehydration.
Kittens are adorable, but they require a lot of care. If you’ve recently acquired a litter of kittens, you’re probably wondering how much they should weigh, and how often they should gain weight. Newborn kittens weigh only a few ounces, or between 2 and 4 ounces, at birth. They gain weight exponentially in the first four weeks of life and should gain about 5 to 10 grams per day.
How to weigh newborn kittens
1. Weigh the kittens at least once a day.
For generally healthy-looking kittens, once a day should be enough. We suggests weighing at-risk babies twice a day. These would be kittens whose birth weight was 2.75 ounces and under, the runts in litters of five kittens or more, and kittens that are found away from their siblings and mother.
2. Weigh the kittens at the same time every day.
Weighing should be done every 24 hours at equal intervals. Our advisors suggest weighing the kittens at the same time every day to establish patterns in an effective way.
3. Keep the kittens close to the mother cat during weighing.
Mother cats vary in the degree of protectiveness over kittens but it is always less stressful for the mother cat to be able to see her kittens.
4. Mark the kittens so that they can be clearly identified.
If you have more than one kitten with the same color pattern, you need to find a way to clearly tell them apart. We suggests using food coloring on one of the kitten’s paws, choosing different colors or simply applying the dye to different paws. The coloring should be renewed occasionally because the mother cat washes it off.
5. Use an accurate kitchen scale.
Any good kitchen/postal scale should work. Some of our advisors prefer a gram-based scale as it provides a more accurate reading.
6. Write down the results.
Document every reading. This can be done in a notebook, on a calendar or in an excel spreadsheet. Whatever works for you, as long as the data is fully and accurately documented.
When you bring a litter of kittens into the world, it’s important to know how much they should weigh. If you don’t know, you can’t tell if your kittens are growing at a healthy rate or if they’re malnourished. In this article, we’ll take a look at how much newborn kittens should weigh and what you can do if your litter doesn’t measure up.