Wow...ok. I didn't realize I would get such a strong response to what I said, when I was just voicing my opinion, and I thought that's what we're here for. I understand cats very well, but thank you for providing the article.
I strongly believe that each cat is different, and wouldn't suggest any one specific path
to take for every cat. Of course
I wouldn't suggest to take a kitten away from his/her mother before the kitten is ready and/or weaned properly or completely. What I was stating is that each kitty is different, and that should be taken into account. Sorry I was so misunderstood.
Anyway, there you go...again, thank you for providing the article. I'm sure it'll be helpful to the original poster.
Edit: I'd like to also put in my response the fact that our kitties had completely stopped nursing by the time we brought them home...due to what I've said above about their mother not wanting to nurse them. They have always been perfectly healthy, and we've never had any
problems other than Sunny's unwillingness to eat wet food (which is just a preference thing), as I am completely aware and compitant in taking care of a young kitten. As I've also said, theirs was a very special circumstance.
I've seen many kittens go home between six and eight weeks with absolutely none
of the problems the article you provided suggests, so I honestly wouldn't worry about it. I've seen a lot of articles that provide unnecessary worries and problems, to make it a blanket statement so the people that take home kitties that are completely unaware of how to take care of a kitten that young won't have any problems. If the owner is aware of how to provide for and take care of a young kitten, there won't be a problem. Yes, the longer a kitten is with her mother, the better your situation will be, and the less you'll have to do in providing differently for that kitten than you would an older kitty. But that does not mean you cannot take them home at six to eight weeks of age. It just means if you choose younger, you have more work cut out for you, and have more to teach that kitten. I guarantee you that the people that had kittens that wound up having the problems listed in the article were either completely unaware of what it took to have a kitty that young, or were special circumstances...and NOT the norm. If you are educated in what to do, and are sure to take the kitten home completely weaned, there won't be a problem.
I'd also like to point out that when I posted originally about my kitties, and what age they were when they were brought home, NO ONE had a problem with it. No one posted I brought them home at too young an age. There will be people that agree with me, and people who won't. It's a fact of life. It doesn't mean that ONE opinion is correct and has to be pushed. It just means that different people (including the person that wrote the article) have different ideas and opinions.