Blind, deaf and helpless

Newborn kittens are adorable in their way, though not exactly “cute” at first. Their eyes stay shut for several days, and they also appear to be basically deaf at first, so newborns are as helpless as can be.

If you’ve ever watched them closely, their movements resemble a kind of awkward “dog paddle” stroke, as they use their front legs to move themselves to their mother’s teats. Though deaf and blind, they can sense mama’s body heat and movements. Newborns are able to nurse within an hour or so of birth.
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