Originally Posted by Leila
This is something I don't understand at all - why would you take a kitten so young if it also had the choice to stay with mother/siblings until 10-12 weeks?
It may be smaller and cuter but this doesn't seem enough to not wait a little while and get a kitten that has a more developed personality, learns from siblings and mother to not bite and scratch, and is less likely to have odd habits such as suckling or kneading amongst other things. The amount of people you see complaining about these issues I mentioned alone *sigh*.
You are right, but I think the problem is that most people are ignorant about these things. They see no difference for the kitten to be taken away at 8, 10 or 14 weeks. However, they find them cuter and are more naturally inclined to adopt a cute vulnerable kitty than one that already knows how to run and jump gracefully. I myself adopted Zoe and Tania at 8 weeks old after watching different pictures of kittens on the internet. I found them so cute I couldn't resist and I just didn't know then that 8 weeks was too young. I'm happy and lucky that they have a great personality (maybe because I adopted two sisters from the same litter) and always behave (for example, they don't bite, they rarely do what they're not supposed to -like getting on the table- and when they do, if I say ''no'', they'll immediatly listen. However, they don't like being held in my arms or being pet if they didn't ask to). But, now that I know more about kittens, if it was to do all over again, I would adopt more mature ones.
Again, in my opinion, miscunceptions and ignorance are the causes to the problem. I don't think that people want their cats to be separated to young from their family, they just don't know that a cat can be too young for that (I hear people say: hey, it's just a cat, it doesn't care!).