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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello! I am from Texas and looking in to acquiring a new kitten. My daughter is 13 and has never had a kitten and so my first inclination is to get one as young as possible to watch it grow. Is there really any difference in taking one that is 6 week as opposed to 10 weeks? Are there advantaged or disadvantages with either? I have had many cats in my life, but not as many kittens.

Thanks for the advice,

Mickee
post #2 of 15
Well 6 weeks is young. They learn a lot from their mother the longer they are with them. IMO the closer to 12 week the better. However I am no expert to say pros and cons I am sure someone will come by soon with more
post #3 of 15
Hi Mickee
I have two kittens right now, and I got one when she (Sparkles) was 8 weeks and another (Bling) who was 16 weeks.

While I love Sparkles and she is a very well behaved kitten in general, if I had my time again I would have only taken her at 12 weeks. She was less well socialised than Bling and quite underweight. Also she was particularly needy with me, I think that comes from being separated from her mother too young.
Finally I have read there are some immunity benefits having them stay with their mother until 12 weeks. I'm sure there's lots of members who can help you with more info on this topic... good luck!
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your opinions. I had never thought of waiting until 12 weeks. I had always heard 6 was the weaning point and was the separation time. Nice to hear it is longer than 6 weeks. I am curious to hear some more opinions.

Thanks,

Mickee
post #5 of 15


typically 8 weeks was the 'recommended' time, but 12 is much better as they tend to be stronger, better socialised and you lessen the risk of problems later if they were taken before fully weaned.
post #6 of 15
Welcome to the site!

It's best to wait between 10-12 weeks.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the warm welcome. All the ones we have been looking at were just not right for us. I have now found two sisters that are Russian Blue that look so precious in their picure. I am waiting to hear from them so we can take a peek. The problem is they were separated from mom at a very young age and now they are approximatley 8 weeks. Is this a risky chance taking them? Or could it be o.k. having been bottle feed and such?

Mickee
post #8 of 15
Hello and welcome to tcs
post #9 of 15
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[IMG][/IMG]I am so excited I don't know what to say. I have located 2 Russian Blue sisters that were abandoned and taken in by a person and cared for. She thinks they are 8 weeks old and she is ready find them a home. I hate to mention it as I don't want to jinkx it as the delivery date is supposedly tomorrow. But should I be concerned about abandoned kittens? When she got them they were dehydrated and she has nursed them back to health. Any opinions????

Mickee
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mickee
[IMG][/IMG]I am so excited I don't know what to say. I have located 2 Russian Blue sisters that were abandoned and taken in by a person and cared for. She thinks they are 8 weeks old and she is ready find them a home. I hate to mention it as I don't want to jinkx it as the delivery date is supposedly tomorrow. But should I be concerned about abandoned kittens? When she got them they were dehydrated and she has nursed them back to health. Any opinions????

Mickee
Mickee....I would certainly have them vet checked and verify that they are ok. I would also give them plenty of time to adjust to your place and to your girl.

Katie
post #11 of 15
Hi welcome to TCS!
post #12 of 15
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Thank you for the welcome. I am supposed to have the babies by this time tomorrow. We are counting the minutes. We can hardly wait. We are contemplating names and have not come up with any good ones yet. Suggestions???

Mickee
post #13 of 15
Hi from Sweden!

If you want something that sounds original even if its translation is not so very... they have the same beautiful color as my grandmother's cat had. He was called Smokey.. in Swedish that is Rökig, pronounciation is approx. Rurkig, with a little roll on the r's such as in a cat's purrr. I can guarantee she would be the only kitty on the block with that name!

Tipper and Proffy's mum, Anjya
post #14 of 15
Hi and Welcome to TCS!!!!!

see you on the forums!
post #15 of 15
Hi there we're so happy to welcome you to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Did you get the two Russian Blue girls? They look gorgeous
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