Health is Fragile

Kittenhood is a stage of massive physical and behavioural changes. Nutrition tailored to their specific developmental needs can help them grow from fragile young kittens to strong, healthy cats.

Kittenhood - An amazing transformation

During the first months of life your kitten will go through an amazing transformation. Royal Canin Kitten offers nutrition tailored to their unique needs at this vital time.

1. A sense of sight

It takes up to four weeks for a kitten’s sight and connected behaviour (spatial perception) to be fully developed.

2. Immunity and defence

In their first six months your kitten's immature immune system must help protect them from millions of germs.

3. Tripling their weight

At birth most kittens weigh around 100 grammes. Within a week they will double that weight, and triple it within 21 days.

4. Healthy bones

In the first year of life your kitten's bones must grow to become four times stronger than concrete.

5. Extraordinary growth

In the first six months of life a kitten will grow as much as a 10 year old adult child.

Tailored kitten nutrition

ROYAL CANIN® Kitten is tailor-made with the right vitamins and minerals to support a kitten's healthy development.

A guide to kittenhood

Kittenhood is a hugely rewarding time for pet owners, but it's also a time of huge challenges and steep learning curves, for you and your pet. The information and advice in the following pages has been collected from Royal Canin vets, nutritionists and partners worldwide, and should help you and your kitten have a healthy start in life together. 

Preparing for a kitten

When you bring your kitten home for the first time, it's a huge change for both of you. You can make the process much easier by making a few simple preparations ahead of the big day.

  • Get all the kitten essentials
  • Kitten-proof your home and garden
  • Find a local vet
  • Choose a nutritionally complete kitten food
  • Make sure everyone in the home is prepared
Getting prepared

Kitten growth stages

Understanding the growth stages your kitten goes through will help you recognise the challenges they face, and how to take care of them. Ensuring they get the right balance of nutrients in their food is key for healthy development into adult life. 

Health is fragile

The first weeks and months of life are key to giving your kitten the perfect start to life.

Advice on caring for your kitten through each development stage