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When can you take kittens away form their mom?

post #1 of 7
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Hello all,
I have some stray kittens next door to me. I know when they were born, but I do not know when they can be taken away from their mother.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Fran
post #2 of 7
That can be a bit of an arguement here but IDEALLY 12 weeks. 10 weeks is OKAY no harm done and the ABSOLUTE youngest is 8 weeks. I would say 8 weeks in special situations, maybe a feral cat or something.
post #3 of 7
You haven't said how old they are now. Why remove them from Mom. Instead have you considered contacting a local no-kill rescue (I can give you a link to find some in your area if you'd like). Depending on the age of the kittens, they can take the whole brood, including the mother (which they have special traps they can use to catch her), put them in foster care, and get the Mom spayed, and the kittens checked by a vet, spay/neutered, vaccinated and get them adopted into good homes.

Simply taking them away leaves the Mom to have more.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by Charmed654321
You haven't said how old they are now. Why remove them from Mom. Instead have you considered contacting a local no-kill rescue (I can give you a link to find some in your area if you'd like). Depending on the age of the kittens, they can take the whole brood, including the mother (which they have special traps they can use to catch her), put them in foster care, and get the Mom spayed, and the kittens checked by a vet, spay/neutered, vaccinated and get them adopted into good homes.

Simply taking them away leaves the Mom to have more.
That is an excellent point I forgot to make. I agree. Take the mom in too if you can or at least spay and return her if necessary. I don't know how "stray" she is. Is she feral?
post #5 of 7
Some places remove the kittens from their mother as soon as they are eating solid foods at about 6 weeks, but this is not a good idea as they should stay with mom until 10-12 weeks of age so that they can be socialized properly. I agree that the mom should be taken too. Charmed can give you some really exellent tips on finding shelters in your area that would be willing to help out.
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Originally Posted by catsmeow05
Hello all,
I have some stray kittens next door to me. I know when they were born, but I do not know when they can be taken away from their mother.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Fran
Fran....best thing is to see about trapping mom cat and bringing the whole family indoors. Once the kittens reach 6 weeks of age and are weaned, mom can safely be spayed. Once the kittens reach 10-12 weeks of age, they can be placed up for adoption. You may want to see if any low cost clinics would be willing to perform pediatric spaying/neutering on these kittens when they reach 10-12 weeks.

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#md

Katie
post #7 of 7
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the kittens were orn etween Apri 3rd and 4th. i hae one cat aready and can ony take in one kitten. i can ook into the other options ater. sorry aout the missin etters.
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