Many owners of purebred cats pay much attention to the health status of their pets. The weight of a British kitten is an important indicator of the healthy development of representatives of this breed, so owners are interested in what weight is considered normal for a particular cat breed.
The first month
This period of the pet’s life is the most difficult. In the first days of life, it becomes clear how strong the cat will have when he grows up, how much weight he can reach. Scientists have experimentally proven that nutrition and care in early childhood determine the health of the animal in the future. If in the first days of life the baby did not eat well, this is likely to affect his weight in the future.
First days of life
Kittens of the British and Scottish breeds weigh relatively much. Adult animals of these breeds are quite large, but even kittens are born by real heavyweights.
Newborn kittens weigh from 70 to 130, but by the second week of life they become heavier by almost 1.5 times (110-150 g). Kids are still blind, inactive, sleep a lot and eat a lot.
During this period of development, you need to make sure that the mother receives enough vitamins (more than she needs), because kittens need good breast milk with a balanced set of nutrients.
Over the next days, the British kitten gains weight and at the end of the second week its body weight should already be from 210 grams. Normally, it can reach even 420 grams.. At the same time, babies become more active, mobile, some of the "early" even open their eyes by the end of the second week.
Up to a month
From the third to fourth week (depending on the speed of development of the Briton), you can begin to feed. But not all products he can eat - we recommend that you read before than feed the Briton.
At the age of up to one month, kittens gain, as a rule, from 250 grams of weight. Large, fast-growing babies can reach half a kilogram as much as possible, and this is quite normal.
Month Weight Table
Beginning of feeding
The first dishes that you can give your baby a Briton:
- crushed cat canned food;
- chopped boiled beef or chicken;
- boiled sea fish;
- cottage cheese;
- boiled egg yolk.
From the first days of feeding, carefully observe how the baby eats and how he reacts to food. If you prefer to feed your pets food, do not save on this, because as a result, this can provoke the development of urolithiasis.
With proper nutrition, warmth and care, by the beginning of the fifth week, a british kitten should weigh about 600 grams or even more. In a week, the kitten should gain another 100 grams, and by two months its weight will be from 700 grams to 1.5 kg. This weight is not characteristic of all breeds, but only for the British and Scots, who are considered quite large cats.
Also, a monthly kitten’s weight chart will help you, which lists all the rules for this breed. It is recommended to keep a weight diary and follow the development of the Briton.
The pet is three months old
Watching how the Briton grows and develops is very interesting. But it is also useful, because sometimes it allows you to identify pathologies at an early stage of development. And for breeders, this is also a way to track the purity of the genetic line and keep your pet in ideal weight for exhibitions and competitions.
If you fed him correctly, a kitten in 3 months weighs from 1 kg. The norm of weight of a British cat is 1-1.5 kg. For males, this figure is 1.5-2 kg.
Kittens are already quite large, and every day they can gain 100 grams, thus becoming even more massive. This is good for the development and normal weight of the Briton, because adult animals can reach 8 kg of weight.
3 month old British kittens © shutterstock
It is important that at this age the pet eat a balanced diet. If you haven’t yet been weaned from mother’s milk, you need to increase the amount of vitamins in your mother’s food, and feeding should become more diverse.
What food to choose
At this age, the owners must decide what they will continue to feed their pet. Observe that the Briton eats with great pleasure. If you are staying on purchased feed, give preference to good feed, which can cost a lot. A great option is the products of the American company Hills. Also, quality food from manufacturers such as Innova EVO and Orijen.
If you decide to stay on natural food, it’s worth remembering foods that can never be given to a British breed pet:
- all types of river fish;
- pork meat;
- smoked sausages and other "human" food;
- high-fat fermented milk products (sour cream, cream, etc.);
- pitted chicken.
Combined nutrition is not a good idea. It will be better for the baby if you focus on one thing. If you are staying on natural food, you should have enough time to cook it. It is undesirable to feed the baby with what you eat yourself, since the cat's digestive system is very different from the human.
Four month old kittens
Kittens at 4 months are already quite large and look like smaller copies of adults. Weight of a British kitten at 4 months:
- 1.7-2.4 for a female;
- 2.1-3.9 for the male.
You yourself have already seen that you have chosen a sufficiently large breed. The body of four-month-old pets becomes more prominent, the structure of the body becomes more muscular and squat. The weight of the animal depends not only on nutrition, but also on heredity, therefore, starting from this age, body weight fluctuates in fairly large limits - up to almost 2 kg.
If the Briton weighs more than 4 kg, this may be a signal that he is overeating, and it is time to reduce the portion of food and add an additional meal, evenly distributing the daily portion by several.
If the deviations for the cat's age are serious, this is an occasion to consult a veterinarian. A specialist can prescribe a special diet and a complex of necessary vitamins.
How much does a British kitten weigh at 5 months? At 5 months you have an almost adult Briton who weighs up to 4.5 kg. For females, the weight should be from 2.2 to 2.9 kilograms, and for males from 2.6 to 4.5. Your pet has already gained more than half the body weight of its breed.
Why is it important to control your pet’s weight?
It is important to control the monthly weight of a British kitten, because it helps to monitor the proper development of the pet. It is difficult to control correctly the development of some external geometric factors, so the weight was taken as the basis.
In the first weeks, it is recommended to weigh kittens on electronic scales every day, at a later age - once a week. Even newborns need to be weighed, and the minimum weight limit for them is 60 grams. If it is less, you should seek the advice of a veterinarian, and then take care of the baby with extreme caution.
Kittens are weighed at the same time to avoid possible inaccuracies. Babies gain about 10 grams of weight up to a month, and later - 100 grams per week. If you observe violations, then this may mean that the Briton is not eating normal food.