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Usually a week or 10 days after birth, the eyelids begin to slowly open.

It is believed that all kittens are born with their eyes closed and can look at this world only after some time. And how many days the cat offspring begins to see? Are all kittens born blind? What problems can newborns expect and how to help them?

All these questions often concern owners, especially if they are waiting for the first offspring in their cattery. But it is impossible to unequivocally answer this question. Most kittens are really born with their eyes tightly closed.

Usually a week or 10 days after birth, the eyelids begin to slowly open.
Most often this does not happen immediately. That is, the kitten does not open its eyes wide, and slowly, literally one millimeter per day, the eyelids begin to rise. Moreover, this process can take from one to three days. But it will also be the norm if the kittens “see the light” by the end of the second or third week of life.

The main differences and features depend on the size of the animal, gender and breed. It is proved that cats are starting to see cats before. A long-haired individuals later their short-haired counterparts.

Also, much depends on the breed. For example, proud sphinxes can even be born with eyes already open. Or widely open them already on the 3rd day after birth.

The British or Persians open their eyes on the 9th day, and regdolls begin to see only at the age of three weeks.

True, to say that the kittens are beginning to see, yet wrong: at first, newborns only distinguish fuzzy shadows. If you look at the kitten’s iris, it will be slightly unclear. Vigilant vision inherent in these predators, is manifested only by one month of age. It is because of this that many veterinarians advise keeping newborn kittens in a slightly darkened room so that the bright light does not injure the eyes.

By the way, many years of observation experience says that all these terms are completely individual. For example, kittens from post-term pregnancy will open their eyes earlier than their counterparts born on time. Therefore, to start worrying about the vision of the offspring is necessary not earlier than 21 days after birth. Although to calm you can show the newborn to the doctor already and on the 2nd week of life, if the eyes do not begin to open.

Urgent visit to the clinic requires purulent discharge from the eyes. If the mother cat is infected, the kittens can catch conjunctivitis, which will negatively affect their vision in the future.

You should also consult a doctor if you notice that the newborn’s eyes do not open completely: for example, only on the left or right side. This may indicate a partial fusion of the eyelids, which requires expert advice.

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