Elizabeth is 1 year old!

Elizabeth is 1 year old!

golden shaded persian kitten

This was Elizabeth the week I brought her home at 3 months old.

 

one year old persian cat

I remember the first week with them together was stressful. But I am so happy with how well they have bonded. I made their introduction very slow and I’m pleased I did so. I documented the first, second and third week of their lives together.

wool knitted cat bed

 

kitten eating raw meat

She has been a very easy eater and loved a raw diet from the beginning as most kittens do. The difference is that Cornelius was resistant to eating chunks and completely refused to eat them until Elizabeth came into the picture. Once Elizabeth came home Cornelius never experienced Cat Food Boredom again.

She is 2.5kg or 5.5lbs. She is significantly smaller than Cornelius(3.9kg or 8.5lbs). Persians are usually full grown around 2 years of age and males are normally larger than females. Interestingly Elizabeth was the largest of her litter and much bigger than the other kittens. The photo below was taken one week ago.

 

1 year old persian cat

1 Cat vs 2 Cat household?

I had Cornelius for about a year and during that time I debated getting a second cat. I truly believe cats benefit greatly from living with other cats. The amount of playing, chasing, wrestling, grooming and sleeping together they do is unequivocally beneficial to their mental and social well-being. The younger the cats are the easier it is for them to adjust to living with other cats.

Overall she is a very happy and easy cat. The most difficult and scary period for me was after she was spayed and experienced redirected aggression. Luckily that only lasted a couple days as it was very stressful.

I want to know, when did your cats stop growing? Let me know in the comments.

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26 Comments

  1. May 14, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Hugs and Paw kisses. So sweet how Cornelius love cuddling with you <3

    • May 14, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      A big thanks for the birthday wishes!

  2. May 7, 2016 / 3:21 am

    How cute they are curled up together. Such pretty kitties.

  3. May 6, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Happy birthday, Elizabeth! And I sure agree that the best situation is having two cats who serve as companions and playmates for each other. It took a few months, patience, and some scary encounters before our Rufus the Red and Mickey Mouser became friends. You can read about it here-http://www.shelter-cats.com/2015/12/greetings-from-rufus-the-red/
    Maggie

    • May 6, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Agreed! As much as we love our cats, we can never give them the type of interaction a companion cat can give. Patience is defiantly needed during the transition.

  4. May 6, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    SQUEEEEEE Elizabeth was an adorable kitten and is a gorgeous ladycat!! Happy Belated Birthday!

    The Florida Furkids

  5. May 5, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Happy birthday! I do hope you were spoiled rotten with lots of nip. Gorgeous kitty cat photos!

  6. Janice
    March 23, 2016 / 1:13 am

    So beautiful…I just lost one of my babies..he was an odd-eye white that I adopted 10yrs ago..he died on Christmas Day, and I’ve since been searching for another baby to fill that hole, in my heart, plus keep my other Persian company. It just doesn’t feel right to have just one :-( Elizabeth is just adorable..you are blessed!

    • March 23, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I do believe cats are better in pairs. I hope someday the right kitty will come into your life :-)

  7. March 19, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Happy belated Meowday Elizabeth.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi

    • March 14, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you! I think so too :-)

  8. March 13, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Happy belated Birthday Elizabeth ! You’ve grown up into a pretty young ladycat We hope you had a wonderful day filled with treats and cuddles ! Purrs

  9. March 13, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    First of all, HAPPY PURRTHDAY, Elizabeth! :)

    I can’t remember when my twin tabby boys Lugosi and Spider stopped growing, it’s so long ago now (they will be 17 in July!), but my 7 year old ginger girl Ruby “filled in” by the time she was 3. That was also the time when she finally “calmed down”. She was a real wild one until that age, and I thought she’s never cool off – must be the ginger, fiery temperament! :)

  10. March 13, 2016 / 2:36 am

    It seems to me that Retro continues to grow, despite the veterinary’s advice to restrict his food…. ;)

  11. March 13, 2016 / 12:53 am

    Happy Birthday to Elizabeth! She’s so pretty. Cats usually reach their full size between 1-2 years of age.

    • March 13, 2016 / 9:31 am

      Yes that’s what I thought, she’ll continue to grow until about 2.

  12. March 13, 2016 / 12:50 am

    Happy birthday Elizabeth! Hope you have a great day!
    Talking about how they grow reminds me of when I got my Leo. He was 9 months old and I expected him to still be kind of kittenish. I had only seen him on the Daily Dose blog, and next to his siblings I thought he was still a little-ish guy. Was I ever surprised at how big he was! He was much bigger than my older kitty at home (who, admittedly was always a small cat) and he was not done growing either! He’s huge! So long and tall! I think he was close to a year and a half or two years before he stopped getting taller. Now I have two of his sisters also, but they were I think three when I got them, so they were done growing, but they are a huge family! Their feral mom looked sort of Main Coon-ish, I should have known. :) Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Sorry to be so wordy!

    • March 13, 2016 / 9:30 am

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your memories:-)

  13. Dragonheart, Merlin and Devi
    March 12, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Happy first birthday Elizabeth! We hope it’s a great one!

  14. March 12, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Wish I had two cats. I have one cat and one dog who at least do play together. One day I hope to have two cats because I would love to watch their interaction. Cody stopped growing at maybe 6 months old? Not sure. catchatwithcarenandcody

    • MeowLifestyle
      March 12, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you! At least Cody has a dog to live with :-) I really believe cats benefit from other animal interactions. 6 months old, that’s quite young!