Sure they're fuzzy and cute, but they're also just a little bit weird. Don't be fooled by their adorable expressions, kittens have some totally strange habits. From whisker chewing to ear wiggling, here are some amazing facts about kittens that will have you seeing baby cats in a whole new way.

1. They hiss like snakes if they smell something unfamiliar

Kittens are born with their eyes and ears sealed. Smell is one of their only senses and allows them to find the nipple to nurse or to know when danger is close.

2. Ear wiggles are a sign a kitten is nursing well

A muscular connection between a kitten's head muscles causes their ears to wiggle when they've successfully latched on to the bottle. This is a key indicator of healthy nursing.

baby kittens (photo by @foster_kittens)

3. One litter of kittens can have multiple fathers!

More than one tom cat can impregnate a cat during a heat cycle. This can account for why one litter of kittens can have vastly different appearances.

4. One litter of kitten can also have multiple due dates!

Because of the length of a cat's heat cycle, approximately one week, she can get pregnant with one father and then another several days later. It's not uncommon to have a kitten born a day or two later.

kittens (photo by @foster_kittens)

5.Kittens will chew off their sibling's whiskers to show dominance

Sometimes mother cats will also chew off their kittens' whiskers to dissuade them from wandering.

6. Mother cats will eat their kittens' pee and poo!

Before kittens learn to eat solid foods and start using a litter box, their mom cleans everything up for them.

kittens (photo by @foster_kittens)

7. Kittens have belly buttons

Just like people, kittens have belly buttons too! Each kitten has its own amniotic sack and umbilical cord.

8. Short hair kittens open their eyes sooner then long hair ones

There's still no scientific research to show why this is the case, but fosterers and breeders have been quoted as saying it shows true in every breed.


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