From Newborn to Young Kitten

Have you ever wondered what it is like to see a kitty grow up from birth to a young kitten? It is a beautiful and fascinating miracle of life:

New born

Eyes start to open

Eyes completely opened

Getting fluffy

First bath

Big enough to climb over things

Photos courtesy of Betsy Cole. You can visit Betsy’s website at

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60 Responses to “From Newborn to Young Kitten”

  1. AWWWW ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Awwwww sooo cutesez!!

  3. Taffy says:

    I wish I had the courage to go through all that with mama cat and then bringing up the babies. What a rewarding job.

  4. Brian says:

    I just love that sweet little face…but I don't think I was ever that little!

  5. Sue says:

    The sweetest thing… you were so lucky to have been a part of it :)

  6. Fuzzy Tales says:

    That was so precious. If I went through that with a mom cat, I'd never be able to let any of them go. I'd have too much emotion invested in them. I have a co-worker who fosters and my hat's off to her (and everyone) who is able to do it and able to let them find other forever homes!

  7. Holly says:

    We rescued 2 white cats…first a female, then a male. By accident, the female was let out in the out door area where the male was and soooooo the 2 male kittens were born. We all watched them from birth to 16 years of age. They were loved and now missed as are their parents.

  8. Our mama really loved this post…..she found me, (Andy) on the shoulder of a very busy road when I was about a week old…….that's according to the vet that she took me to. I was totally alone and no one knows how I got there. She took me in the house and fed me Mother's Replacement Milk by eye dropper until I was old enough to use a doll's bottle, and then I finally graduated to a cat food, which she ground up in a blender and mixed with Mother's Replacement Milk….and finally plain dry cat food!!!! Needless to say I have always felt totally loved and am so thankful for my mama….xxxxxx from Andy

  9. Scott says:

    Great pics! I have an all black fluffy cat that crawled out of the woods in 1987 (yes 1987), my grandfather and I took him in. He had to be at least 1 or 2 then, he is unbelievably still with us and healthy as an ox. I watched him outside the other day playing with leaves and running quite fast while having fun. Nobody can believe this is the same cat that we have had all of these years but he is. He must have some super genes, I only wish I could have him cloned! I had a Siamese that lived to 23 also but for the last year of her life she was frail. This "Black-Boy" shows no signs of stopping.

    • lovemeow says:

      What a wonderful story Scott :). Thank you so much for saving him and giving him a chance to live such a wonderful life. My kitties are sending lots of purrs to him. :)

    • bel says:

      How wonderful, super kitty genes ^_^ May he break the longevity record!!!!

  10. mina says:

    this is such a heartwarming, adorable post! save the kitties!

  11. Connie W says:

    How sweet! I got to experience this new-life miracle first hand a couple of years ago. A very pregnant stray found me, so I took her in & made her comfortable. The next day she delivered 6 jet black kittens as we watched. All were healthy & spent those first precious 8 weeks with us. Every day was full of wonder. All got great homes & are doing well. :-)

    • lovemeow says:

      awww that's so sweet :). Thank you for saving the pregnant cat mother and helping the kittens find a forever home. My kitties are sending purrs to you!

  12. mishachu says:

    This really is painfully adorable.

  13. Laura says:

    Those precious few weeks…. oh how beautiful!!!

  14. Symph says:

    So cute!

  15. Really cute photos.

    I've hand raised form birth many kittens, and while its totally awesome, its also a lot of work, and you really don't get anything out of it until they are about 5 weeks old and starting to run and play. Its easier then you would think to find them new homes after they are raised. To give them up I mean, not the actually finding a home part.

  16. Dee says:

    Awwww…this is soooo cute!!!! Make me want to have more kittie :))

  17. Judy says:

    I am a volunteer for a “no kill” shelter and bottle feed newborn kittens. It is the best job I have ever had. To watch them grow and get stronger everyday is a miracle. I put them up for adoption after they have been spayed or neutered.


  18. Jess says:

    I hand raised an abandoned kitty from day two of her life. It's quite a job and a 4 week (at least) dedicated schedule of getting up in the middle of the night and spending loads of money on KMR. She is quite a cat, Miss Phoebe we dig her.

  19. Cheri says:

    Wonderful idea! So sweet!

  20. zahraa says:

    awwwww looks soooo cutee

  21. janie jones says:

    So sweet. It's like how some people take pictures of their kids from when they're babies to when they leave the house :) Kitty-babies.

  22. KINDLE. says:

    Tastes like chicken.

  23. kate says:

    I love the newborn I want it. I have 20 cats and they are all spoiled rotten. I wish I could have more. I love them.

  24. Deb says:


  25. darthzelda says:

    Just so astonishingly cute and tiny and vulnerable! Yet clearly in good hands.

  26. octopuss says:

    Great series of pics! Ah, he was so teensy, but now he's a real personality, looking at that face.

  27. Maryvirginia says:

    This is so adorable. I love this kitty's face as he grew older. It reminds me of my last round of kittens, all of which I kept except one, so I have three boy brutes who are sweet as lambs.

  28. fire says:

    aww so cute i love kittens

  29. Anonymous says:

    aawwww so cute

  30. sana says:

    awwwwww..damn cute.i want it!

  31. Chelsea says:

    So sweet!

  32. Evangeline says:

    So sweet, it hurts!

  33. gabi says:

    love ginger cats <3

  34. Beverly says:

    I had a mama cat who was about to have her first litter. She was so nervous, she chose to sit on my lap and give birth. I held each new baby in my hands and laid it in front of her to clean up…awesome to behold. I was so bonded with those cats! They gave me YEARS of joy.

  35. Beverly says:

    I got two stray baby kittens, and had to bottle feed them. When Roscoe was done with his bottle, he would latch on to my neck and try to suck. Nothing like little cat hickies! I swear, he says "momma." Just ask my husband, he didn't believe it until he heard it!

  36. darthzelda says:

    Really, almost TOO cute for words!!! <3

  37. rosana says:

    OMG…why kittie cats have to be soooo cute!!!!

  38. Wilma says:

    I want a kitty so badly but I cannot get one. i am kinda late on making a coment. How old is he now?

  39. Typo Tat says:

    That's awesome, such a cute little fluffball. More pics please!

  40. Adelida says:

    Totally adorable! And organized so well :D

  41. LeksLeks says:

    oh my…!

    so adorable w.w ♥

  42. Anonymous says:

    nov ı love you cats

  43. Nicole says:

    Awwwwwwww what an adorable little kitty i love seening pictures of it growing up!!!

  44. Beverly says:

    I bottle fed two newborns a couple of years ago, their mother died when they were 2 days old :(. It was so heartbreaking, and so rewarding to watch the babies grow into playful, happy kittens. They went to a wonderful home together, I was so glad of that. It is a real commitment, but it was so worth it.

  45. Gabrielle says:

    This little kitten made me squeal. :) Kittens are one of the best things about life.

  46. Starla says:

    I've never seen this reply board with so many replies!! Such a sweet little kitty!

  47. Marsha says:


  48. Linda says:

    What a sweet fluffy baby this is!

  49. Allison says:

    I have raised 2 litters of kittens from birth and still have one of them, my Chubby Boy. We had his grandma when hubby and i were first together, we found her a new home on a farm because she wanted to be an outdoor kitty. We had 2 of her kittens for a few years, had to find the female a new home after her second litter of kittens had issues with the birth but I still have one of her sons

  50. Marilyn says:

    How adorable! These are some of the cutest photos I've ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing them!

  51. lin says:

    Perfect furry baby….

  52. Anonymous says:

    Watching the physiological growth of this kitten through your photos was beautiful and fascinating indeed. Thank you.

  53. Jane says:

    Aww, soo cute!!

  54. Monique says:

    Please post NEWER photos of this adorable kitty. Great photography.

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