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Separating kitten from mom - since when?

Hi everyone,

I am about to take a new kitten (will post the picture for sure when she's here ) and need advice as of when the weaning ("entwoehnungs") is completed.

The person who is giving the cat would like to give her away after 5 weeks (..isn't it too early?). I looked around and in the internet you find everything, from the people saying 5/6 weeks is ok to the ones saying 12 weeks.

Anyone has had any ideas/experience on the topic?

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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

Eight weeks.

But longer if the mother hasn't passed on her hunting and climbing skills, so be prepared to wait ten weeks.

5 or 6 weeks is ridiculous.

I've had female cats for twenty years, plenty of kittens, I know what I'm talking about.
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Hi everyone,

I am about to take a new kitten (will post the picture for sure when she's here ) and need advice as of when the weaning ("entwoehnungs") is completed.

The person who is giving the cat would like to give her away after 5 weeks (..isn't it too early?). I looked around and in the internet you find everything, from the people saying 5/6 weeks is ok to the ones saying 12 weeks.

Anyone has had any ideas/experience on the topic?

Thx!!

Tania
Personally I wouldn't take one before 8 weeks and 12 would be better.
Kittens learn a lot from their mothers in the first few weeks and if they are separated too early the kittens don't get the benefit of that.
We've had kittens who were only five weeks but only because the mother had died. I wouldn't recommend getting a kitten so young unless there really is no other option.
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Old 12.05.2013, 21:10
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

What Belgianmum said, I'd personally prefer to get the kitten when the mother tells it to go, by then the milk is all but gone and kitty is less likely to have separation problems.

I've seen some that are taken away before then and they can be very needy and dribbly even into adulthood.
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

10-12 weeks, 5 weeks is really not enough. I am not sure the kitten would be able to eat independently at 5 weeks.
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Personally I wouldn't take one before 8 weeks and 12 would be better.
Kittens learn a lot from their mothers in the first few weeks and if they are separated too early the kittens don't get the benefit of that.
We've had kittens who were only five weeks but only because the mother had died. I wouldn't recommend getting a kitten so young unless there really is no other option.
Agree. Our cat was rescued at 3 weeks and he came to our home at 5. Poor baby lost his mother so early. But thankfully, he grew up into a confident 1 year old with a strong personality, little if no fear and a loving cat.

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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

Yup, five weeks is just too Young.

I have always thought 10 weeks at least.

I got one from a friend years ago, it was a wee little bitty thing of six weeks. She survived, but was so tiny!!! Used to sleep in my hair... and did that kneeding pastry thing.
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

I agree with the previous posts. The professional breeder we got Audrey from would not let her go before 9 weeks, which I agreed with and picked her up at 10 weeks, already socialized, trained and eating solids.
If you are getting a kitty from abroad for instance then it has to be 12 weeks due to the rabies vaccine, which is mandatory and it has to be done at 4 months of age.
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I agree with the previous posts. The professional breeder we got Audrey from would not let her go before 9 weeks, which I agreed with and picked her up at 10 weeks, already socialized, trained and eating solids.
If you are getting a kitty from abroad for instance then it has to be 12 weeks due to the rabies vaccine, which is mandatory and it has to be done at 4 months of age.
Incorrect Please check your sources -- you can get a kitty from abroad younger than 3 months.

"Animals aged less than three months may only be imported into Switzerland from the EU unvacci- nated if they are accompanied by and dependent upon their mothers or if a veterinary certificate can be provided showing that they have been kept at the place where they were born since birth and have never come into contact with wild animals which could have been exposed to an infection with rabies."

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/themen/0161..._JjKbNoKSn6A--

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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

I agree, 5 weeks is much too young. They don't only need their mothers, they need their litter mates too. A tiny little kitten all alone, it breaks my heart. I knew a lady that wouldn't let her kittens go until they stopped sleeping in a "kitty pile". I thought that was a good idea.
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

My cats' breeder won't give away her cats before twelve weeks, I think mine were even at 14. Five weeks is ridiculous, eight is the absolute minimum. I had a kitten that was just eight weeks old when we got him, the farmer wanted to get rid of him and he had a few behavioural problems. The cats I have now are lovely characters and don't destroy things or suck on stuff - which my other cat did, he sucked on carpets, towels, people's hair...
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

Jimmijoe moved in from a neighbours, so i don't know how old he was when they got him.

But even as an adult he did that kneeding and slobbering thing in my hair, but his favourite was Under my arm.... And was the biggest softy cat i have ever had the priviledge to own.

I miss the wee bugger.
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Anyone has had any ideas/experience on the topic?
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

I want to add that my current cat was given to me at 7 weeks, with no ill effects. She slept on my pillow pressed against me at the beginning. She really took to my chihuahuas, they used to cuddle together on the couch. They still play together every day.She is a wonderful, sweet cat. There is nothing wrong or weird about her, even though she was that young.
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

It's also the people who take on a little one that help in its growth. I would never have taken on a Young kitten if i could not have been with it all day long. I still have an image in my head of that kitten on top of my bouvier bernois dog sleeping, unfortunately no piccies.... He took it all in his stride.
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Re: Separating kitten from mom - since when?

Well kittens begin eating at around 3 weeks and between 6-7 a mother will usually stop seriously nursing them. I'd say five weeks is too young since it's just getting the hang of eating solid food, remember the teeth are still growing then. That said, will a kitten be okay, in terms of health at 6-7 weeks...most likely but you will completely lose some of those socialization skills they would learn from the mommy. My rule of thumb is 8 weeks.
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It's also the people who take on a little one that help in its growth. I would never have taken on a Young kitten if i could not have been with it all day long.
I second this.
We would never have taken on our current cat if I had not been at home every day. He was just five weeks old when we got him and was tiny. ( so tiny that we were actually told it was a female when we got him) The mother had sadly been run over by a car when the kittens were 3 weeks old and our cat was the only one of a litter of 3 to survive being syringe fed after the mother died.
A colleague of my husband was taking him into the office with her every day as both her and her husband worked full time but obviously this was not a long term solution. We agreed to take him as our cat had recently died and my son adores animals.

He was very affectionate from the outset as he had been used to being handled from a very young age and he loved to sleep on my chest. He ate solid food without any issues and was completely toilet trained but because of the lack of socialisation and interactions with his mother and siblings he did have some other issues. He had a tendency to bite and chew when playing and the vet gave us some tips to try and mimic his mum's behaviour in order to stop this. He improved greatly over time and he has grown into a beautiful, affectionate cat who loves to be with people but I'm not sure this would have been the case had I not been able to put in the time and effort with him when we first got him.

Most of the other cats we've had over the years we've got between 8 and 12 weeks old. All of them had their own characters and quirks the same as we humans do. We had one female who would knead and suck on anything she could find so we had to be very careful where we put our jumpers unless we didn't mind them being a bit soggy. The one thing they all seem to have had in common was their fondness for bringing us little 'gifts'.
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pics of my little baby

As promised..here a first pic of my baby :-) istn't she soo cute?
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She is really cute. How old is she now?
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