Human babies grow up fast. Parents blink and their children seem to have gone from babies to teens. Soon the teens are graduating from college, getting married and having their own babies. As fast as human life seems to move by, consider how much faster life goes by for animals.
Indoor cats, for instance, live an average of 12 to 15 years, according to Animal Planet. Their shorter life spans translate into passing through life's stages much more quickly than people, so their "childhood" passes by within the first few months of life. Wanting to capture these precious moments forever, Warren Photographic in the United Kingdom put together a series of time-lapse photos of Freya, a Maine Coon kitten.
The 26-second video begins with Freya at just 2 days old, when her eyes are still shut and she is just a little ball of fur.
By roughly 4 weeks, she has reached the adorable kitten phase that lasts for such a short time. This disappears so fast that most owners can barely remember this stage of their pet's life.
At roughly 6 weeks, Freya is ready to become a rough-and-tumble kitty, getting into anything that piques her curiosity. For many owners, they shift into preservation mode. How do you make things in the house kitty proof?
At 4 to 6 months, she is quickly approaching her teenage years. This phase lasts the longest before she becomes an adult cat.
At 10 months, Freya is a full-grown cat. Her fur is completely in and all the "kitten" look is gone. She has mastered the art of stalking her prey, jumping and being a cat. This is the stage where she will spend the remaining years of her life. In 10 months, Freya has gone from newborn to cat, and her kitten moments can never be captured again. It's a good thing a photographer was nearby to immortalize her rapid growth.