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About what age do kittens stop growing?

Asked by row4food (3039points) October 23rd, 2008

I got a 14-week-old kitten last week. I went away for the weekend (my mom took care of him) and when I got back he appeared to be twice the size! I’ve never had a cat before, so I don’t know what’s to come…

At what age should I expect my guy to be full-grown?

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dalepetrie's avatar

Most of the growth occurs in the first year, however they are considered “kittens” until they are about 2. I’d say in my experience with cats, once they reach about 6 to 9 months, mostly if anything they’ll get a bit fatter.

susanc's avatar

Dale’s right, but with some cat breeds, or permutations of those breeds, you’ll see a
very gradual lengthening and filling-out until they’re about 5 years old. Maine Coon,
Norwegian Forest Cat, Siberian, maybe others.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Regular cats are full grown at 1 year. Larger breeds continue to grow for a few more. British Shorthairs (Cheshire cats) are among those that susanc listed.

tinyfaery's avatar

Whether or not you alter the cat also makes a difference. A male tom might grow until 2 years old. Kitty will grow fast. Enjoy the kittenhood while you can.

susanc's avatar

@tiny: “male tom”. : )

acf0703's avatar

i have 2 maine coone mixes and they just turned a year old….they seemed to have tappered off in growth at about this time, as well…

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