I concur with Sandigress- just keep an eye on her (God help me, every time I write that phrase I am brought back to my grade four textbook that used the expression "keep an eye on my purse" by showing a hand bag with the picture of an eye on it, lol). I hope she feels better soon!!!
Btw, thx for the interesting discussion on the age issue - and Wellington (Sam is it?), no one was picking on you. I was joking about your age - I fear it is more difficult to do that online and as someone who takes too much to heart, I know how you feel. Please try to understand where we are coming from and I will try to recall what it was like for me at your age. You need not sound so angry. No one here - well I can only speak for myself at any rate - is questioning your cat breeding abilities. It's just that here in North America, it is the norm to adopt kittens when they are 12 weeks or even older. The older the better was my grandmother's rule and we as a family bred Siamese for generations - I myself have many years under my belt. If you had read my post closely, you would have noted I said I had more experience than your age which when i thought you were 18 means 18 years plus. So, no, I am not a novice by any means and there is probably not much I have NOT seen when it comes to cats and kittens and bottle babies. I am not critical of you so I would ask you not be critical of others. We are all here to help each other and for the betterment of cats and kittens and their servants everywhere. You seem to have read into my message something that was not there - I work with many young people, from my patients to young Residents in their 20's and it is my occupational hazard to give advice, I also like receiving it and my point was I am sure you will feel that way when you get to be my age.
I was curious about your assertions re the 10 week norm in New Zealand so asked my friend I previously mentioned from Dunedin. She breeds Siamese (sorry Gaye, NOT the Appleheads!) and she referred me to several web sites in NZ and every one of them cited 12 weeks. For example, at http://www.jaymlyncats.com/jaymlyndols/about.html
, they stated "All kittens bred at Jaymlyndols are registered with the New Zealand Cat Fancy and when they leave us for their new homes at about 12 weeks of age they will have received the very best in love, attention and socialization in preparation for the life ahead of them." Others cited 12-13 weeks but these were all purebred cats registered with Cat Fancy(NZ) - similar to the organization I am familiar with. Cat Fancy itself though cannot regulate but can make recommendations and its bare minimum is 10 weeks in your country so on that score, you are correct. Still, you might want to check the same references I did and ask them their opinions.Why do they utilize the 12 week minimum and others the 10 week - I really am curious as to why. I am including some sites here - all NZ breeders who use 12 weeks or more as their guide. Even the Persian breeders would only selltheir kittens at 12 weeks. You might want to ask them if they are influenced by North American trends and medical and feline research or if this is a growing tendancy in NZ.http://homepages.tig.com.au/%7Ecoslinka/kittens.htmlhttp://home.iprimus.com.au/rara/kittens.htmlhttp://www.kaotikatz.com/Kittens%20Frameset.htmhttp://homepages.paradise.net.nz/gaj...blekittens.htm
Please do not take this the wrong way. I am just trying to be helpful!! To me, this is not an argument but simply a discussion on why vets and cat organizations here recommend that kittens stay with their mama until they are at least 12 weeks. The article I posted earlier is not my opinion but that of Cat Fancy in the US. It is the same in Canada. I honestly believe we all learn something new all the time - I feel if I do not learn something new each day, it has been a day I have wasted!! Do you have a good network of breeders and cat show people you can work with there? I have found the breeders I meet at cat shows to be just wonderful about sharing ideas and their own experiences. It is sort of like professional development,
It is also a great way to find other cats to add to your own cattery and program. If you like, I can give you my friend's number - she is at the Medical School in Dundein and likes to mentor others and find out what others are doing and how they might help her. I must confess tho she is much more opinionate than I. She thinks I am too diplomatic, lol
When I was a teenager myself, I was fortunate in that my grandmother ensured I keep my kittens until they were 12 weeks and older if they were orphans (a one time situation when I rescued some babies!). She insisted bottle babies needed more time. I happily agreed since I hated to part with them!!!!
I often see newspaper ads here advertising 10 week old kittens and I cringe!! But then newspaper ads are somewhat notorius here - most reputable breeders in my neck of the woods do not need to advertise in that way since they tend to have more than enough queries for kittens well before the babies are born. But my network is the show circuit and after 40 or so years of this, this has stood the test of time. There are many studies which might be helful to you as wellhttp://cats.about.com/od/kittencare/f/timemomcat.htmhttp://www.penmarric.ns.ca/Pedigree/.../Adoption.htmlhttp://home.earthlink.net/~sarsenstone/brdcosts.html
(this is also a wonderful site for its explanation of why breeding is not a for profit biz but I know I don't have to convince any of you here that, lol. This past year, I spent mre money on my Sphynx just for their shows!!!)http://www.j-tull.com/musicians/iana...n/kittens.htmlhttp://www.onlinebangalore.com/life/pets/kitten.htmlHOW OLD SHOULD THE KITTEN BE TO BRING HOME?
The kitten that you bring home should be ideally 12 weeks old. By doing so, you ensure that the kitten has developed excellent litter box habits, is fully physically and psychologically weaned and has been vaccinated twice. When the kitten is given the first vaccination, at about 7-9 weeks old, this vaccine completely knocks out all the antibodies and protection left from the kitten's mother, and until the kitten receives his second vaccination, he is somewhat more vulnerable to contracting an illness. The second vaccination, given normally at about 12 weeks, is the one to which the kitten's own immune system actually mounts a strong defense, and the kitten is then protected for travel. Usually, the new owner provides the third vaccination at about 16 weeks of age.
I hope these help in explaining the 12 week norm. It does appear that most breeders of pedigreed cats throughout the world are following it and more conusmers will be looking for that in a breeder. (Not to suggest that is a reason for doing it but it certainly does help in marketing if your cattery is especially small). Do you have a web site? I'd love to read about your cats and their pedigree - I like geneology of all types, feline, human - makes life interesting I think! Good luck with your cats!! (and please - don't read into my attempts at helpfulness anything but that. I get paid to help people and so I tend to just be that way by nature - a natural nurturer my office manager says, lol