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At what age can kittens go to their new homes?

post #1 of 16
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They are 5 weeks today! I am soo in love with them and I'll be sad to see them go, but I have very good homes set up for them They are eating and using the litterbox... I'm figuring on 8 weeks.. What have you found is a good age?


post #2 of 16
At 8 weeks, they can go to new homes, but they are normally still learning how to be a cat from mom.
Social interactions etc.
I prefer at least 10 weeks myself.
post #3 of 16
I agree, and say 10 weeks - we are getting a new kitten and she's only 2 weeks old - I'm super anxious to bring her home, but I'm definately waiting for her to be 10 - 12 weeks old

Enjoy the next few weeks with them, I bet you are having SO much fun with them!
post #4 of 16
They are beautiful! I want the little calico 8- 10 wks is best, 10 wks being the best for the kitten
post #5 of 16
I would wait until 12 weeks, that way they've had all their shots.
post #6 of 16
The standard is 12 weeks, according to Cat Fancy.

CUTE KITTENS!!!!!

Could you take some more pics of the white and orange? It looks exactly like my Sunshine. Baby pictures of my Sunshine were destroyed because the stupid septic system in my apartment flooded. I would love to remember what baby Sunshine looks like.
post #7 of 16
awwww they are adorable!!!!!!!
post #8 of 16
I plan to wait till Skittles stops nursing... The new parents all know that...
post #9 of 16
i decided to wait untill taz stopped nursing which was last week at 7 weeks. every now and then, if they catch her they try, but there is no longer milk inside. So i guess they comfort suck hehe.

After that its socialzation and learning the kitty rules from mama.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
I plan to wait till Skittles stops nursing... The new parents all know that...
Missy was still letting them nurse at 5 months
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by missymotus
Missy was still letting them nurse at 5 months
That is ok to me... I want mom to teach them everything so in there new home it might eliminate some of the problems
post #12 of 16
Those kittens are so incredibly adorable! I know it will be hard to see them go. My kitten was given to us early- only 6 weeks, but if I was the one selling kittens I would wait until at least 8 weeks, but preferably 10 weeks. 12 works too and you can feel at ease that they have all their shots, but I think 10 would work fine.
post #13 of 16
10 weeks to 12 weeks, I would never let one go before, and 12 weeks is average. Let them learn from Mom and get all the needed vaccinations.
IMO, 8 weeks is just way too early to take them away from Mom and littermates.
post #14 of 16
Every week you can hang on after 8 helps the kittens socialise, with 12 being good. There are constant threads on these boards about behaviour problems that probably started because kits were taken away too soon. Sometimes it is inevitable, but if possible I say 12.
post #15 of 16
We generally wait until they're 12 weeks to put them up for adoption. That way, they're old enough to have been fixed, which is how we prefer it when they go out the door.
post #16 of 16
We place kittens at 10-12 weeks, once they have been spayed and have received at LEAST the first set of distemper shots and have been tested for FIV/FELV.

Katie
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