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post #31 of 38
At least 8 weeks. Ours are usually around 10-12 weeks.
post #32 of 38
Originally Posted by Fostermomm View Post
At least 8 weeks. Ours are usually around 10-12 weeks.
at a minimum. Pixel [& Mouse] were about 7.5 weeks when i got them, Cable was around 8, Java was 3.5 months, Chip 4 years & Firefox only about 4-6 weeks. Firefox was definitely the most trouble to raise, altho she was sickly as well as little.
post #33 of 38
This is a tough question. As a rule, I never release my kits before 12 weeks. I had one lady call me up for an Aby recently - she came with the right referrals and after a phone interview I had already decided that she could have one of my cats.

And then she said:

"4 months?? Oh, that's too old for me".

I asked her why she thought that and she said:

"oh, I don't want to miss the growing up stage".

What she really wanted was an 8 week old kitten. I replied gently,

"It's against my policy to release my cats, even to the best of homes before 12 weeks. The simple reason is because I want to ensure that the cats are properly weaned, socialized and litter box trained. I also want to ensure that the cat is neutered and fully vaccinated."

As for shelter kittens ... if the kittens are orphaned and hand raised, then I believe that anytime after first vaccinations is fine to the right homes. However, if the kittens are not orphans, I still believe 12 weeks or more is best.
post #34 of 38
The first cat I adopted was 12 weeks old, but wasn't raised in a family and had spend too much time in a cage. He wasn't very well socialized and had already learned to "meow" all the time in a very loud way! Under these conditions, I think that maybe the earlier the kitty can leave it's cage, the better it is. But still, never under 8 weeks old, they are so young and fragile! Otherwise, 12 weeks seems to be the best. Although I adopted Zoe and Tania at 8 weeks old (the people owning them wanted to get rid of them before they were moving) and they are the nicest cats I've ever seen. Healthy, happy, playfull and respectful of the rules.

I'm thinking, if people need so much to have tiny little kitties, they should think of being foster parents for a pregnant cat until her babies are old enough to be adopted. In my case, that's what I'm gonna do (and I'll need advice!), because I can't stand knowing that a cat and her babies might be put to sleep because no one wants to take care of them and there's not enough resources at the shelter for all of them .
post #35 of 38
The problem is that kittens are so cute at 8 weeks, that people don't stop and think about the social/physical/mental behaviors that still have to be dealt with.

My rex kittens were barely eating solid foods at 8 weeks old and certainly would not survive being taken from mom/siblings at that age - they still were nursing too. Just cause a kitten is eating solids at 8 weeks and using the litter pan, does NOT mean they are emotionally ready for a new home.

I think most of on here should be doing our best to get the word out there thru friends/familys of the WHYs of not adopting before 10-12 weeks minimum. Even when we were finding homes for the barn kittens (DH used to let them go at 6-8 weeks old) he discovered how much better and social the kittens were when adopted out at 12 weeks old instead Now in his conversations, he will tell people about why its better for an older kitten.
post #36 of 38
That is the reason we took 2 babies today. They are about 7-8 weeks old and very shy. I knew if I didn't take them, then someone else would have split them up. The whole time I was there, her phone was ringing off the hook for kitties. One had already been taken before I got there and now she has one left. She is probably gone now too. I hope that the other 2 are with people that will be patient with them. I kinda got the idea that the lady didn't know much about kittens or cats when she didn't even know that her mama kitty was a tortie. And to say that the one we took was not a pretty kitty and she is just adorable

But Rusty and Dusty are eating and drinking, and both used the litterbox. Is the reason they are sleeping so much is that they ARE so young?
post #37 of 38
Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
What caught my attention was someone who took a kitten home from a breeder under 10 weeks for Christmas, I thought most shelters and breeders alike did not allow Christmas cats and not that young
I got my cat from breeder at 10 weeks and he was fine.
Already knew how to use a litter box, and has been using it without accident ever since.
In fact I got my other cat from a breeder at four months and the first thing that cat did is too poop outside the litter box.

Thankfully he figured it out since then.
post #38 of 38
Originally Posted by Leila View Post
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!).
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