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The Life Stages Of Cats: When Do Cats Stop Growing?

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Cats are just like weeds; they keep growing. But it reaches a point that it must graduate into adulthood. When do cats stop growing? This is a question that keeps cat owners guessing, and it actually lacks a straightforward response. Many cat owners have been struggling to come up with a conclusive answer to this question.

Nevertheless, it is a very important question that will help you when it comes to predicting what the furry friend needs. Just like in the case of very old human beings, needs change with age. Cats are not left behind when it comes to this. An old cat would not fancy those needs that tick for younger cats.

Growth stops at adulthood which is really unpredictable in the case of cats. This piece is meant to provide answers to this important question.

Cats are just like weeds; they keep growing. But it reaches a point that it must graduate into adulthood. When do cats stop growing? This is a question that keeps cat owners guessing, and it actually lacks a straightforward response. Many cat owners have been struggling to come up with a conclusive answer to this question.

Nevertheless, it is a very important question that will help you when it comes to predicting what the furry friend needs. Just like in the case of very old human beings, needs change with age. Cats are not left behind when it comes to this. An old cat would not fancy those needs that tick for younger cats.

Growth stops at adulthood which is really unpredictable in the case of cats. This piece is meant to provide answers to this important question.

Just like human beings, cats can be scared at times. I vividly remember sometime last year when my feline friend was scared of actually everything. It was a tough and challenging time for us. But why is my cat scared all of a sudden? This is a strange behavior in cats, and you must confront her to tell you why she is scared all of a sudden. Just be careful about how to approach her.

Could she be sick? Is it normal? These are some of the questions that I kept asking myself throughout the period when she exhibited this behavior. You might be experiencing the same thing at home with your cat. You realize that she is not comfortable and she keeps hiding from you.

The look on her face is like she sees some ghosts in the house. You are no ghost remember, and there is nothing close to that in your neighborhood. Is it a treatable condition? What are the causes? Look, you are in the right place. This article has it all.

When do cats stop growing? And what are the factors influencing growth in cats?

How long can a cat go without food or water? Can cats do without food?
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Can cats do without food

Growth can be measured quantitatively. Weight gain is the best way to gauge if the cat is actually growing. The rate at which a cat grows can either be attributed to intrinsic factors like gender, parental genotype and breed or environmental factors.

These factors can be of use as we try to answer the question “when do cats stop growing?” Let us take a look at these factors before anything else.

Nobody wishes to have their cats live an unhealthy life. You better not have one at home if you intend to subject them to an unhealthy lifestyle. Apart from just the health part of it, the food is an important aspect of your cat’s life just like it is for humans.

Can you really do without food for long? This is as impossible as riding on a lion’s back. Your feline friend can struggle to do without food for some time but rest assured that it won’t be too long. The effects of the starvation may start creeping in steal life from your cat’s soul. If nothing is done then your cat may die a slow but very painful death.

An average cat can live for approximately 10 to 15 days before passing away due to starvation. Can you imagine that? These little creatures are so strong. I do not think there is any human being who can go for such periods without eating anything.

From the tenth day, the cat is likely to develop some kidney problems due to lack of food. It is likely to creep up and fatally kill your friend. It is a traumatizing situation that any cat owner would not like to witness. Why would you like to torture your feline friend that way anyway?

Intrinsic factors affecting growth in cats

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Breed

There are some cat breeds that are generally large-sized.  In such cat breeds, a newborn kitten is actually the size of an adult cat of another breed. There is nothing as confusing as this. You might think that you are dealing with a mature cat yet it is a younger one but of large-sized breed.

Genetic factors

Do you know that muscle and bone developments are always associated with maternal and paternal genotypes? It is the same case in cats. And by the way, these furry friends share almost everything with humans. When I say they are soon taking over from humans, I mean it. Now, these unique bones and muscles develop differently in cats.

Gender

Male cats grow faster than their female counterparts of the same age. Sexual dimorphism which is responsible for this condition increases with age. But why are they of the same size at birth? I can hear you ask the same question in silence.

Sexual dimorphism does not exist at birth. From the 6th to the 12th month, male cats become heavier than their female counterparts of the same age. Their higher growth potential does not take place immediately.

Cats are very intelligent animals. But of course, they cannot match the human intelligence. Studies have shown that their dreams more or less resemble ours only that they are less abstract. How I wish cats were able to speak so that they can narrate to us the kind of dreams they do have.

I will need to be a cat whisperer to understand their language. I would like to have a verbal fight with my cat especially if she stammers when angry. Generally, dreams are always composed of what we come across during our daily lives.

The same is the case with cats. What? I tend to believe that the cats will soon take over from mankind very soon. How come they have a lifestyle that is almost the same as that we have? I am a worried and concerned human. Do I need to worry more? I will have to consult my cat’s opinion regarding this issue.

These are cats that have radioactive components in them. They can be genetically modified cats that have the ability to change their colors at the exposure to radiation. You thought that chameleons are the only animals capable of changing their colors? You will be surprised you can own a cat with the very same capabilities. That will be so cool, right?

The color change is meant to warn you about the danger that you will be exposed to in that area. This means that you will have to carry your cat along to whichever place you will be going. What can be hard about that? I bet nothing at all. If indeed the friendship between you and your cat is mutual then it should like a marriage, always with each other for better or for worse.

The mythology is created around these ray-cats with praises in music and arts so that their importance as far as warning on dangerous areas is concerned for years to come. This is one of the best warning methods you can find. I hate the deadly warnings of skulls placed on notice boards.

They are so scary. They just make you think that you are already dead (walking dead) or you are going to die the next second. These warnings should be replaced with more friendlier ones that will still drive the message home. I hope you those warnings with skulls as well.

Those scary warning images can make you faint. These signs will make you think that yours with life is over. As if that is the end of your life. And there you are doing all that is within your capability to live as long as the Biblical Methuselah. Everybody strives to stay long nowadays; even your cat would want you to stay longer so that your friendship can last as long as possible.

Another case is the radioactive cats that have gained such status due to treatment from radioactive iodine. Both cases are very important to us as humans. Having a radioactive cat is very important as we shall come to know about in the next section of our article.

Outside factors that affect growth in cats

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Important issues to note​

Environmental conditions

The environment where the cat needs to grow is very important when it comes to his growth. If you live in a place that is full of noise, then the cat might suffer some psychological depression. Stress is something that you shouldn’t wish to subject your feline friend to at such an early stage. If your cat is over stressed then he might become moody and might do something terrible to you one day.

Hormonal imbalance caused by stress will slow the growth rate of the cat. Check on the surrounding hygiene as well. The poor the hygiene; the weaker the cats will be. You obviously don’t want a weak cat so avoid stressing him.

Diet

In most cases, the food plays a crucial role when it comes to matters dealing with the cat’s growth. Foods that are rich in proteins are known to be the best for growing cats. High mineral content such as calcium for the formation of bones is also very important. Foods rich in carbs will also make your cat energetic and strong. He will keep jumping up and down and frequently going to the gym.

If you do not place your cat under such diet, then do not expect him to grow faster. But when do cats stop growing even if placed under the necessary dietary prescriptions? The question still remains to be a mystery to many, but I believe you now have some hints regarding the answer to this question.

·         Environmental conditions

The environment where the cat needs to grow is very important when it comes to his growth. If you live in a place that is full of noise, then the cat might suffer some psychological depression. Stress is something that you shouldn’t wish to subject your feline friend to at such an early stage.  If your cat is over stressed then he might become moody and might do something terrible to you one day.

Hormonal imbalance caused by stress will slow the growth rate of the cat. Check on the surrounding hygiene as well. The poor the hygiene; the weaker the cats will be. You obviously don’t want a weak cat so avoid stressing him.

·         Diet

In most cases, the food plays a crucial role when it comes to matters dealing with the cat’s growth. Foods that are rich in proteins are known to be the best for growing cats. High mineral content such as calcium for the formation of bones is also very important. Foods rich in carbs will also make your cat energetic and strong. He will keep jumping up and down and frequently going to the gym.

If you do not place your cat under such diet, then do not expect him to grow faster. But when do cats stop growing even if placed under the necessary dietary prescriptions? The question still remains to be a mystery to many, but I believe you now have some hints regarding the answer to this question.

When are cats considered to be adults?

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Does the cat’s health and age determine how long a cat can go without food or water

Generally, kittens are considered to be adults after one year. Actually, at such an age they are like 20-year old humans. But not all cats meet this threshold. That is why it becomes really difficult to know when your cat is likely to stop growing.

At the one-year mark, the cat will have taken the size that it is likely to have for the rest of his life. If it is a small size, then do not expect much change beyond this. Does it mean that there is no growth past this period?

There is growth still but more slowly meaning that there are likely to be unnoticeable changes. Many breeds can grow up to even 18 months only that you will not notice the changes that shall have occurred during the last 6 months.

Growth in larger breeds such as Maine Coon is however exceptional as it can happen up to the 4th year.

Generally, kittens are considered to be adults after one year. Actually, at such an age they are like 20-year old humans. But not all cats meet this threshold. That is why it becomes really difficult to know when your cat is likely to stop growing.

At the one-year mark, the cat will have taken the size that it is likely to have for the rest of his life. If it is a small size, then do not expect much change beyond this. Does it mean that there is no growth past this period?

There is growth still but more slowly meaning that there are likely to be unnoticeable changes. Many breeds can grow up to even 18 months only that you will not notice the changes that shall have occurred during the last 6 months.

Growth in larger breeds such as Maine Coon is however exceptional as it can happen up to the 4th year.

What are the changes that are likely to occur during cat growth?

Handling a cat who is not eating or drinking
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Handling a cat who is not eating or drinking​

Behavioral changes

Cats are likely to change their behaviors as they grow up. These can either be good ones or even the worst. He can either become responsible that you will never come across his mess in the house as he used to do before. On the other hand, you can expect him to begin behaving strangely.

Be prepared to handle any of these as the cat owner. Let this article prepare for the two different sides of the same coin. These changes are what can help you know that now the furry friend is an adult.

Just make sure that he does not kick you of the house. At such times, he sees everything to be younger than him. The changes are conspicuous between 5 and 6 months. This is the period during which the cat is in the adolescent stage.

The hormones are now busy with their stuff. Territorial mating habits such as scratching and urine spaying will be exhibited all the time. The latter is so annoying. Actually, this is the only habit that they need to change before they consider taking over from us. Otherwise, this will just be a pipe dream.

Tame him by spraying or neutering at such times. Between the age of 1 and 2 years, the cat will have matured fully which is exhibited by some form of independence. However, he will still come to you for some snuggles but only when they feel it is time to get it.

Bone and skin changes

If you notice some increase in the size of your feline friend, know that it is as a result of the changes taking place in the bones and skin. And it is a very fast growth curve that at times can leave you so scared. Scared but at the same time happy because your little friend is getting mature.
Dealing with a clingy cat

Why the cat?

A cat that is clingy requires proper handling. Below are some of the ways you can use to ensure that both you and your friend are comfortable.

·         The first step is finding out what could be the cause of this behavior. A vet can be of great help here. Always involve their expertise.  If it is discovered that it is not health related in any way, then check on any possible environmental causes. Proper diagnosis is very important.

·         Always ensure that the cat has a proper refuge. It is advisable that whenever you are planning to change the environment, you keep the cat safe and away from disturbances. She should never know about the moving. Lock her up in a safe room till all is done then let her out. She won’t notice, and there won’t be many behavioral changes.

·         Cats love companionship. They can get it either from other pets or the owner. In the absence or even harshness of other pets, then you are the only option she is left with. Playing around with her is a good way of minimizing the clingy behavior.

·         Another way of minimizing this behavior is by simply ignoring the cat. A good cat will know that you are against the behavior. Do not reward mediocrity such as the too much clingy trait.

Do not even think about punishing her however much you might be annoyed. Punishments will make them more fearful hence being too demanding. Being that there is nowhere else to report you, she will still be around you to avoid the fear.

Do you mean there are different types of sleep that a cat might have? Yes, your question is answered. When I said I was beginning to become worried about the feline friends taking over from us, did you think it was a joke?

Well, let us go back to the issue at hand. The cats are likely to experience two types of dreams depending on the type of sleep they have. They are the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and the non-REM. But what do cat dreams mean?

It is during REM that most dreaming takes place. The eyes move randomly and rapidly making the brain activity to resemble what the animal does when awake. You are likely to see your cat being active at the initial stage of this process. This is becoming strange, but it is very normal for seasoned cat owners. It is not some kind of ritual for joining some weird cat cult. No such things.

You can actually get terrified at the scene of the cat being so much active while asleep. Has she all of a sudden become a ghost? Not really; it is so normal for them to behave that way. She won’t wake up that easily if you try to awaken her. I don’t even know why you want to disturb her at such a time.

Non-REM dreams are those that are less visual with a lot of fragments. Kittens are heavy dreamers compared to the older cats. I know you can be worried about this especially if it is a kitten that you recently acquired. Just give her time, and you will not experience these bizarre scenes since the need for processing new information will be reducing.

What do cat dreams mean? Is there a way in which it is helpful to the cats? The muscle-twitching which is common in kittens and is always accompanied with dreams will be gone with time as the cat grows. Before she becomes an adult, you will have to tolerate your kitten’s natural behavior.

When do cats stop growing and how to care for them at such times?

Generally, cats need care the entire of their lives. But note that the growth period is one of the most important stages that need to be handled with a lot of care. Proper nutrition comes first in the list of things that the cat needs most as he grows.

Foods that are specially formulated for kittens such as the best dry kitten food brands will do the magic for you. These are the only known foods that can sort the high nutritional and caloric needs of growing cats. You need to provide enough food to meet the needs of his body.

The stomach will also be undergoing some growth, but it is still small so do not overfeed your friend. Allow the cat to feed freely especially for slow-growing or underweight cats. However, take caution to eliminate any possible cases of obesity and overfeeding.

If you notice some slow growth rate, then change the diet to the adult meals. You will know this by checking on their food intake which will have reduced by then. This controversial question regarding “when do cats stop growing” will have been partially answered.

Conclusion

Wrapping up
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So, when do cats stop growing? As you have seen, it is not easy to provide the exact answers to this question. Some of the reasons for this have been given above, and they vary from cat to cat. It, therefore, calls for your close attention to know whether the cat is still growing or not.

Understanding your cat and how he behaves is the only sure way to unlock this gamble. Besides, proper care should be given to the cat. With all these at the back of your mind, I am certain that your feline friend is going to enjoy every bit of his growth.

Have you learned anything new from this article? Is there an area that you feel has been left out? Let’s take the conversation further through the comment box.

How long can a cat go without food or water? This answer varies in different cat breeds but it is normally between 10 to 15 days. Every moment that your cat is refusing to take food or water must be taken seriously. You cannot gamble with your cat’s life. How long your cat can go without food or water is not a fixed issue in all cats, so do not take a risk.

Any further starvation can lead to irreparable damage. Before it reaches that stage you can introduce the cat to wet foods, provide the cat with tuna-flavored water or visit a vet if the cat is still not eating or drinking water

Are you having the same problem at home? Or do you have a question concerning this topic? Make use of the comment section below. I will provide you with an adequate response within the shortest time possible.

Why is my cat so clingy? There are numerous reasons why your cat could be as clingy as has been explained in this article. Handling a cat with behavioral changes as mine was at some point not an easy task. It took me a lot of patience and time to understand why my cat was clingy at times. Always seek help from a vet in case you notice any changes in your cat.

The environment in which the cat lives should also be comfortable enough. Why should the cat be worried at home more than anywhere else? That should warrant an arrest of the owner. A comfortable cat is a happy cat. Learn to deal with the cat in the right manner whether she is too clingy or not. Humans are meant to love cats this time around; the cats will do the same when they take over.

How was the article? Did you enjoy reading it? Do not hesitate to ask questions through the comment section provided if there are clarifications that you need.

Why is my cat scared all of a sudden? Is it something that happens so often? And if it is likely to happen again, is there any product I can look for to help my cat? These are some of the tough questions you might ask yourself. I surely did as well. I can relate.

The best news is that there are actually products on the market that can help you control this situation. The Comfort Zone Feliway Diffuser is one product that is known to mimic the cat’s pheromone and therefore helps in calming her down.

This drug-free and odorless product will convince your cat about the safety and friendliness of an area. She will, therefore, have nothing to worry about. With such confidence, she will have automatically minimized on stress-related issues that might leave her scared. By now you should have known that a stressed cat is a scared one.

It is recommended that you have this product with you especially when you have to move into a new house or if you are planning to decorate your house. You will have spared yourself the agony of a stressed and scared cat.

There are treatments that when administered to your feline friend, she is likely to be radioactive to some extent. A radioiodine treatment is one of the most common ways of treating hyperthyroidism. That is not Greek. I can see you scratching your head at the mention of the word.

In simple terms, hyperthyroidism is a condition most common in older and middle-aged cats. When is the last day you held a birthday celebration for your cat? Do you even remember how old your cat is? Well, that should be a story for another day. This condition will make your cat start behaving so strangely.

Your cat is likely to have an increased appetite, eating everything and anything she comes about. The funny part is that with this heavy feeding, your friend will keep losing weight. It is like the food is passed out directly as it comes from the mouth.

Other symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, frequent thirst and urination, mood changes and hyperactivity. This condition can be treated using the Pet Wellbeing Methimazole for Cats which is continuously administered for a year or longer for complete treatment.

Can your cat maintain this dosage for a year? That is practically impossible. My cat is that type that has a phobia for drugs. So a one-off treatment will save you the struggle. The best way of treating such a condition is therefore by using the radioactive iodine.

The radioactive iodine is injected once into the cat, and that will be the end of treatment. This automatically makes your best friend radioactive. But what is special about a radioactive cat that has undergone this method of hyperthyroidism treatment? Well, the radioactive iodine is safe for human beings. I can see the sigh of relief on your face now.

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