Top 25 Winner- Region 1- 2011-2012
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|Red is a very hard color to break, so since the other kittens in the litter are red, and the fact that feral kitties can have more than one father, hence, thats why some kittens in the litter, have different colors, my best guess is that the mother was red.
As far as how big kittens get, genetics plays a big part of it, if you could have know who the momma and daddy looked like, you would have a better idea. The rest of how it turns out, is feeding, that is huge, especially with a kitten, and care.
Cowboy and Cruiser are from the same litter. Their mother was on the small side, she was red with white paws, white chest. The father was blue, and a big boy. All the kittens in the litter were red. Cowboy was the only one, that took after his mother, he looks exactly, like her, and he is on the smaller side. Cruiser took after his daddy, size wise, and he is a big boy.
Bump's mother was a calico, and on the small side, his father was red, and about as big as a pony. Some kittens in the litter were red, some calico, some black. Bump is red, and a very big boy, he took after his father.
Proper feeding, is huge, in how they turn out too. Mine, as kittens, got vitamins, Feline Missing Link, my vet said its one of the better ones, and the giving of the vitimins, was with my vets knowledge and permission.
Its a powder, has to be refrigerated once its opened, comes in a pouch, you only give 1/4 teaspoon, once a day, mixed with their wet. Unless there is a reason, and per your vet, you only give it until they are 1 yr old, some continue to feed it, depends on the cat and the reason.
Kittens need to be fed kitten food, not adult. Kitten food is higher in calories and nutrition, for their growing bodies. You switch them to adult food, around 8 months old, and this has to be done over 2 week, very gradually.
Boy kitties are prone to crystals/urinary issues. For this reason, they should be fed wet, twice a day, or a least once a day and dry the other part of the day, if feeding wet, twice a day, is not in your budget. Wet should be mixed with water, so its real soupy, to keep them flushed out.
Kittens should really be fed 3 times a day, in the morn, after work, before bed. They should be fed smaller portions, so as to not overload their tummys, hence, thats why you feed 3 times a day.
Kittens should be fed a quality, grain free, by product free, soy free, gluten free food. Grains cause crystals, grains are carbs, carbs turn to sugar, same as with humans, grains cause IBD issues.
Which ever brand you pick to feed, do a search on it, some brands have major recalls, some have major issues with kitties and doggies getting real sick, and some have montmorillonite clay in them.
Genetics does play a part, its a guide, per say, of how they are going to turn out, but after that, is the feeding and the care. Mine are very happy and healthy, their fur is soft and shiney, and they race thru the house, at warp speed, like crazy boys, thats cause their mommy, is on the overly pickey side, about their feed, about their care, mol.