Life Cycle of a Cat Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Cats and kittens are cute and playful. Do you know how a cat grows as it gets older? This lesson talks about the life cycle of a cat. Get ready for a whole bunch of cute!

All Kinds of Cats

There are many different types of cats. Wild cats like lions, tigers, and panthers, are a lot bigger than cats that live with us. But, we're not going to talk about them. Today we're going to talk about the cats we have in our homes, which are often called house cats.

Cats come in all sizes and colors. They can have short or long hair. Some of them have very interesting features, like big ears or unique stripes. The different types of cats are called breeds. Most cats kept as pets are small enough that you can pick them up - if they'll let you.

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How Is a Cat Born?

Like humans and all mammals, cats are born live. They don't hatch from eggs like birds and reptiles. A baby cat is called a kitten. For the first 4-6 weeks of a kitten's life, it can't eat any normal food - it just drinks its mother's milk, so it has to be around her all the time. After 4-6 weeks, kittens will start to eat normal food. At this time, it's safe for kittens to be placed in new homes.

Kittens are generally born in a group called a litter. A litter of cats usually has about 4-6 kittens, but it can be as large as 12 or even more!

The Early Life of a Cat

Most of the early life of a cat is spent playing. A kitten will often look like it's fighting with its littermates, or brothers and sisters, but this fighting is actually just playful. It helps them practice defending themselves and stalking and hunting for food, like mice and birds, which are a natural part of a cat's diet.

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