Originally Posted by ciera23
I am so sorry if this is posted somewhere already. I just was wondering, is 4 weeks ok to take a kitten home and away from their mom?
Kittens need their mommies much longer than that, the average recognized "okay" time is between 8 and 12 weeks, depending on the size, and what the kittens have learned, and if they are weaned yet. For example, my foster kittens are very small for their age, having been sick for an extended period of time. While they are 6 weeks old, and litterbox trained, and eating solid food, they still are doing some nursing, and mom is still very protective of them. Since mama cat hasn't weaned them yet and they aren't big enough to be speutered, they stay with mama cat. Our program does early spay neuter at 2lbs, so we have another litter currently in the program that just got speutered yesterday who are 7.5 weeks old, but all over 2lbs. They will go up for adoption this weekend. The "suggested" or "optimal" amount of time is 12-16 weeks. This gives mom time to teach all her babies how to behave and babies time to adjust. The only time this isn't the case is in the case of a sick mom/orphaned babies, or a mom who simply isnt caring for her kits and they are failing to thrive. Even then, its better to try to help mom help babies instead of just taking them away. (supplementing, bottle feeding etc)