When Do Kittens Start Walking?

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Newborn kittens emerge completely helpless! They can’t see, they can’t hear, and they certainly can’t walk. They wiggle and scooch, navigating by sense of smell and toward or away from a heat source. This, combined with help from their mother cat, helps them to get their needs met: warmth, milk, and help toileting. So when do kittens start walking?

Two newborn kittens haven't started to walk yet.

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When Do Kittens Learn to Walk?

Kittens typically start walking around 3 weeks old. They begin taking their first shaking steps between 2 and 3 weeks of age. By 3 weeks old, their eyes and ears are open, and they can see and hear.

Kittens are typically toddling around comfortably between 3 and 4 weeks old. By 4 weeks old, kittens are usually much stronger and more comfortable on their feet. They will start pouncing, hopping, and playing more confidently between 4 and 5 weeks old. Their teeth will start coming in around week 4, and they will be ready to transition to solid food soon after that.

These kittens are between 2 and 3 weeks old. Their steps are wobbly but they are learning to walk!

Can 3 Week Old Kittens Walk?

Yes. At 3 weeks, most kittens will be walking. They will be somewhat steady on their feet, but not completely coordinated.

The kittens in this video are about 3 weeks old. They are definitely walking, but still perfecting their form.

Kittens Walking at 4 Weeks Old

By 4 weeks old, kittens are bouncing confidently. They will begin playing, climbing and exploring their surroundings more thoroughly. This is a great age to introduce a wider range of developmentally appropriate kitten toys. If you’re kitten is not confidently walking by 4 or 5 weeks, consult a veterinarian for an assessment.

By 4-5 weeks of age, kittens are walking confidently.

Kittens Walking to the Litter Box

At 3 weeks old, kittens will be able to start using a very shallow litter box. By 4 weeks, they will be more confident about making it to a litter box consistently if it is nearby. By 5 and 6 weeks, they will be able to navigate a larger space and still make it back to the litter box.

Kittens Walking

Now that we’ve answered the question “when do kittens start walking” and more, you are well equipped to assess the age of your kittens and prepare for their healthy development!

When do kittens start walking?

Kelsey Madison

Kelsey Madison is a cat lover, fostering enthusiast, part time vet tech & writer. She has fostered close to 300 animals over the last 10+ years, and currently has 3 beautiful tabby cats who love to stick their faces in her morning lattes. She is passionate about helping others develop a deeper understanding of their beloved felines and learn more about fostering.