Newborn KittenWhen a kitten is born it usually weighs between 2.5 and 4.5 lbs. They are born with their eyelids closed and their ears folded back so that they can’t see or hear. They can’t walk so they are dependent on Mom. They become fully independent around 8 weeks. The eyes are fully opened between 8–20 days. They start to crawl 16–20 days and they begin to eat solid food at 3-4 weeks and are fully weaned and independent at 8 weeks. (We must give credit for this info from the book “You and Your Cat” by David Taylor)