By Tonya Price
Jezebel is a formerly feral 20 week old kitten we live-trapped at the age of about 7 weeks. We obviously have no clue about her parentage, but she appears to be a garden variety American shorthair type. She has had no health issues other than a minor eye/upper respiratory infection at 12 weeks that cleared up quickly with a course of Amoxicillin and eye ointment.
She is well proportioned and eats well. She is socialized with humans, other cats and even gets along with the dogs. Jezebel is quite friendly and easy to handle at this point. She is also energetic and active like a normal 20 week kitten, but she seems exceedingly small for her age. She only weighs about 3 lbs and is scheduled to be spayed in three weeks. The vet will spay kittens if they are 2 lbs or better. She has her permanent incisors and canines right on schedule so I am confident I am very close with the estimate on her age.
Is she abnormally small, and should her small size concern me? We have three adult cats – one is 17 lbs, one is 8 lbs, one is 5 lbs. They all are strictly indoor (the three adults are spayed females) and all share the same diet.