View Poll Results: Are VERY young kittens cute?
Of course they're cute! What kind of monster are you? 63 55.26%
Eh, not really, they need to ripen for a couple of weeks. 51 44.74%
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Old 01-23-2019, 05:24 AM
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Very stoopid question about the cuteness of kittens

Basically, do you consider VERY young kittens to be all that cute. I'm talking about literally day old, still wet behind the ears young kittens. Their eyes are still closed, they have no clue what to do with all those legs and all they can do is mew for their mama.

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Old 01-23-2019, 05:33 AM
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To me, less cute than romping kittens, but still cute.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:37 AM
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Not cute until their first pounce.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:38 AM
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No, newborn kittens aren't cute. After three or four weeks they get pretty cute, though. Newborn humans need a few days themselves before they become anything much to look at.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:23 AM
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No, newborn kittens aren't cute. After three or four weeks they get pretty cute, though. Newborn humans need a few days themselves before they become anything much to look at.
Bwhaaaaaaa????That is two handfuls of adorableness. I only wish there was sound so I could hear the mewing.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:51 AM
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Naah, they're only cute to me once the eyes have opened. Otherwise we're in naked mole rat territory.
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:56 AM
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Newborn humans need a few days themselves before they become anything much to look at.
Days? I was thinking a couple years. Human babies are basically fleshy blobs. That is why they get mixed up at the hospital.

And I say this as a father of two kids.

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Old 01-23-2019, 10:05 AM
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Newborn kittens are cute, but I don't think kittens really achieve their peak cuteness until they're at least 3-4 weeks old. It lasts until maybe 3 months--when their eyes are open, but they have roly-poly bodies, short legs, and stubby pinkie-finger-length tails. And they do that war-dance, arching their backs and bouncing on their toes.

After about 3 months, they have a growth spurt; legs grow longer and the stubby tail suddenly shoots out full length. The whole body proportion changes. By 4-5 months, all the baby-ness is gone. Still cute, but what you have at this point is a miniature cat.

ETA: My avatar is Charley, when she was about 6-7 weeks old, right after I brought her home. She's 4 years, and 15 pounds, now.

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I voted 'cute', but really, all newborns look like spider monkeys to me. Which means, so ugly it seems cute.
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:26 PM
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Marvelous and awe-inspiring for all sorts of cat-worshipping reasons. But about as cute as breakfast sausages (not cute).
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Basically, do you consider VERY young kittens to be all that cute.
Yes. Next!
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:03 PM
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They're not cute until they've learned to climb up my pant leg and into my loving arms.
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I like 'em very new and very tiny.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:11 PM
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Mate, I find baby centipedes cute.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:24 PM
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Bwhaaaaaaa????That is two handfuls of adorableness. I only wish there was sound so I could hear the mewing.
Very enthusiastic agreement here! Gimme all of 'em!!
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Old 01-23-2019, 05:19 PM
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No. Once they're up and wobbling around, they are adorable, but I'll leave the kittenoids to the momma cat, who usually doesn't want people around 'em anyway.

Unless you're breeding high-dollar pure-bred cats, please get your furry pals spayed or neutered. There's way too many feral cats out there.
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Not yet at peak cuteness, but yup - cute from birth.
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They're not cute until they've learned to climb up my pant leg and into my loving arms.
See how cute they are when they do that and you're not wearing pants. Not so cute. I've got the scars to prove it lol
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:02 PM
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Microkittens! With squee!
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:30 PM
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I would agree with what others have said, that very young kittens aren't the absolute cutest, but they're still cute. If you showed me a group of newly-hatched maggots, my reaction would be "Oh, gross!" whereas the very young kittens in the picture elfkin477 linked to may not be as overwhelmingly cute as these guys, but the elfkin477 kittens still activate my "Ooh, kittens!" response, not my "Oh, gross!" response. (And according to the photo captions, these little guys are only five days old, and IMHO they already look awfully cute.)
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I would agree with what others have said, that very young kittens aren't the absolute cutest, but they're still cute. If you showed me a group of newly-hatched maggots, my reaction would be "Oh, gross!" whereas the very young kittens in the picture elfkin477 linked to may not be as overwhelmingly cute as these guys, but the elfkin477 kittens still activate my "Ooh, kittens!" response, not my "Oh, gross!" response. (And according to the photo captions, these little guys are only five days old, and IMHO they already look awfully cute.)
what he said .
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Dammit! I polled before I read the OP. They definitely need eyes open before cute.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:53 PM
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:46 PM
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I voted 'cute', but really, all newborns look like spider monkeys to me. Which means, so ugly it seems cute.
Exactly -- they're "ugly-cute".

You really have to watch handling them though -- if the mother cat thinks someone's messing with her kittens too much, from what I've read, she'll try and hide them.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:38 PM
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I don't gaga over kittens. Newborn kittens are not cute at all. I concede that older kittens are cute, but their cuteness does nothing for me.

I turn into Elmira when I see grown cats, though.
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I like human newbies when they're redfaced and still have umbilical cord stumps and stuff, too.
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I'm not a fan of the newborns or super tiny kittens...but they're not like, the total worst or anything. I have spent time with a lot of kittens ranging from hours to days to weeks old. I am friends with the Kitten Foster Coordinator at the shelter where I volunteer, and she will shove one into my hands the minute I enter her office. I think they don't really get cute until they are several weeks old. While not "cute", the tiny ones are very sweet and carrying one around tucked into the front of your shirt is fun.

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Old 01-24-2019, 06:02 AM
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Newborn anything is cute in my book (except for newborn maggots). There's an intangible beauty in new life and a helpless newborn kitten or a helpless newborn baby is just all kinds of awesome in my opinion. Sure they get cuter the more they can interact, but that doesn't mean they aren't cute from the start.
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In the interest of full disclosure I consider myself more a dog person but I find adult cats cuter than kittens and I like them a lot better. But then again, I am not a fan of human babies very much either. So you may hate for for a multitude of reasons.
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I voted cute, but I will concede that they get a whole lot cuter.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:48 PM
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Oy, I'm kvelling.They're like the world's cutest squeaky toys.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:58 PM
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I think baby animal are cute when their eyes aren't open. I also like the really tiny paws.

I do agree that kittens are even cuter when they're a few weeks old. I love their funny little tails.

This thread is giving me a cute overdose, by the way.
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I love kittens, but I definitely think they need to ripen a bit before they achieve peak cute (around 3-4 weeks old).
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Exactly -- they're "ugly-cute".

You really have to watch handling them though -- if the mother cat thinks someone's messing with her kittens too much, from what I've read, she'll try and hide them.
Or she will ignore them, or at worst, reject them.

That's how I got one of my cats, who was born to Momma Barn Cat. We scared a predator carrying a kitten off, but we had handled the kitten. Momma didn't want the kitten back; the kitten smelled of us and the predator (a fox, as I recall). It was up to me to foster a ten-day-old kitten--which I did, with help and supplies from my vet. The kitten grew and thrived, and grew into a fine cat, and she is still with me today, 17 years later.

I'll agree with the others who say that baby kittens are cute--but 3-4 week old kittens are cuter.
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:39 AM
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Cute little fuzzbeans.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:12 AM
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When we had a wobbly-stage kitten, more than once it managed to get onto the back of a sofa and make his way along it until he got to DesertRoomie's shoulder where it would promptly fell asleep. This led to the temporary name Hairy Wart and those soft-paws on you ankles were wartbushes.
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Or she will ignore them, or at worst, reject them.

That's how I got one of my cats, who was born to Momma Barn Cat. We scared a predator carrying a kitten off, but we had handled the kitten. Momma didn't want the kitten back; the kitten smelled of us and the predator (a fox, as I recall). It was up to me to foster a ten-day-old kitten--which I did, with help and supplies from my vet. The kitten grew and thrived, and grew into a fine cat, and she is still with me today, 17 years later.
Maybe because she was a barn cat? Because from what I've read (and my own experience), all the Mama House Cats I had were fine with me playing with them or handling their kittens. But the Mama House Cats were petted and sat in laps and such themselves. Which matches my understanding that if Mama is fine with people, she's fine with her baby smelling like people.

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Newborn kittens have cute potential, but aren't there yet. At about 2 weeks old, after their eyes open and they start stumbling around, they start to be cute. At about 4 weeks old, when they all seem to be perpetually worried about something, then the cuteness really hits. Mostly, they have to be mobile enough and big enough for me to interact with them, beyond running a finger over them or holding one.
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Maybe because she was a barn cat? Because from what I've read (and my own experience), all the Mama House Cats I had were fine with me playing with them or handling their kittens. But the Mama House Cats were petted and sat in laps and such themselves. Which matches my understanding that if Mama is fine with people, she's fine with her baby smelling like people.
That may be it. The barn cats didn't like people much--they would run away as we walked through, and worked in, the barn. They were great mousers, and kept all kind of vermin out, but they didn't like us much.

The farmhouse cats were a different story. They genuinely liked us, and had no fear. Same for my cats today--though they are all fixed, I have no doubt that, if one had kittens, she would be anxious to show them off to me.
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:25 PM
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Newborns aren't cute. Whether it's people, kittens or puppies. They all need a good 3-4 weeks before they turn cute.
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Freshly born(less than 10 minutes) are certainly not cute. They look like a soggy, poorly-filled sausage.
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I actually think new kittens aren't that cute in their first couple of weeks or so, when they look like normal kittens but they have those weird oversized pupils. Once the pupils narrow a month in is when they get "cute" for me.
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