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What age can a kitten leave their mother?

My kittens are 9 weeks old and as far as I know they dont nurse much anymore. They eat a lot of normal food. I just dont want to take them away from mom to soon....dont want them to end up having any behavorial problems from it.


Asked by Lobelia at 8:19 AM on Apr. 22, 2012 in Pets

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  • No earlier than 8 weeks but 10 weeks is better. Watch them for signs that they are ready to be independent such as eating solid food on a regular basis and Beginning to explore on their own a little.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 11:46 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • They are old enough now to leave mom. Many shelters separate them at about 8 weeks unless there are other medical issues.

    Answer by robinkane at 8:23 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • 8-10 weeks

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 9:04 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • Yeah,8 to 10 weeks
    When the mom refuses them milk

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:35 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • The norm is 8 weeks.

    Answer by Mrs.Elgert at 8:44 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • About 8 weeks.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:59 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • Just like puppies. 8 weeks.

    Answer by louise2 at 9:07 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • They are now ready to be adopted o sold, go for it...

    Answer by older at 9:26 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • 8 weeks.
    "behavorial problems"....OMG

    Answer by meooma at 10:04 AM on Apr. 22, 2012

  • What I meant by behavioral problems was separation anxeity, etc. My sister has an adult cat that likes to suck on things like blankets and shirts....most likey because she was taken away too early.

    Comment by Lobelia (original poster) at 5:38 PM on Apr. 22, 2012

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