Taking care of a newborn kitten is no easy task! It is important to know what to expect at different points of a kitten's life. Whereas a human baby can take a couple of years before it is able to walk, talk , and eat by itself, all of this happens in a kitten in a matter of weeks! Thus, the first weeks of a kitten's life are very important.
A cat is a kitten until they are three months old. This means the first twelve weeks are important, but the first seven weeks are vital, a lot happens during this time, physically and socially. If you do not socialize the kitten during this time, then they may not be as friendly as you would like them.
Week 1 and 2: During the first two weeks of life, a kitten is very much like a newborn baby. He will be helpless and will need you to feed him and protect him. They will have their eyes closed this whole time as well.
Week 2: In week two, the kitten will begin to open his eyes. However, he will still be blind for a bit longer, so don't expect them to be able to see the minute they open their eyes. Even if they cannot see yet, they will be able to begin recognizing people and animals via their sense of smell. They may even hiss at things which smell unfamiliar to them.
Week 3 and 4: In these weeks, the cats ears will begin to open and they will begin to hear things. Also, they will start trying to walk as well. Their teeth start coming in now also, so they may try to chew on anything! This is a great time to introduce them to the litter box too.
Week 5 and 6: This is when the kitten begins to play! Make sure you play with the kitten to help him develop socially. He will ike to wrestle and climb on things. You may want to keep an eye on him so he doesn't get hurt, but let him play. At this point you can also begin weaning the kitten onto solid food.
Week 7 and 8: You will need to take your kitten to the vet and get his vaccinations done. The vet will also check to make sure he is growing properly.
Week 9 and 10: The kitten will be developing socially at this point so spend lots of time with him. This will also be a good time to have friends over and introduce the kitten to humans and other cats. This will be a big factor in how friendly the kitten is in the future.
Week 12: Your kitten is now old enough to be adopted! Of course, if you wish to keep it yourself you can do that instead. The kitten is not finished growing, but is old enough to do things on his own.