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How many weeks old should kittens be to be rehomed?

I was thinking 8 weeks but dh says they can go at 6. What do you think?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Jun. 10, 2010 in Pets

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  • i'd give it 7 as a compromise. some are not ready at 6 and some are. they develop weird behaviors (like sucking on things) when you take them too early.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 2:57 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • 6-8 weeks

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:35 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • 6-8 weeks is usually fine. Just make sure they are eating more hard foods than drinking mama's milk before letting them go. I adopted a 6 week old kitten 14 years ago that sucked on my hair. I truly believe she was removed too early.

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 2:36 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • yep, we have a 2 year old cat that still sucks on blankets because he was taken too early

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 2:53 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • I was always told 6-8 weeks but I always waited at least 8 weeks just to make sure and too get a little extra time with them before we had to give them away

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:50 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • 8 weeks. Anything younger is detrimental to the kitten's well being.

    Answer by Acid at 4:10 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Puppies can go at 6-8 weeks, but for kittens it is 8-12! Just like human babies, kittens can't absorb nutrients properly from either kitten chow or even canned food at 6 weeks. They will be interested and may even begin eating some of mom's food ~ but they don't get any real nutrition from it. Keep them until they are at least 8 weeks old please!

    Btw, you should be feeding the mom kitten chow or supplementing her diet otherwise at this point.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 8:49 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Puppies CAN NOT go at 6 weeks old. Its 8-12 for puppies as well.
    Anything younger than 8 weeks and you aren't allowing the time for them to mature. Puppies at younger than 8 weeks are still learning to be a's teaching them bite inhibition, some house training as well as proper dog manners. Puppies younger than 8 weeks still can not regulate their body temp either.

    Answer by Acid at 10:07 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Acid, I've never let a pup go earlier than 12 weeks but the shelters around here do. It's the 'new' thing :-( I've seen quite a few puppies that can't regulate their temp even by 12 weeks. It's a shame that so many people think a properly weaned and adjusted kitten or puppy is 'too old'. I'm sorry I didn't clarify that the first time around. I've just about given up after dealing with the abysmal way people in this state view and treat animals. Not all, but far too many.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 11:10 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Thanks for clearing that up would think a shelter would know better. But, having said that, nothing surprises me anymore.

    I think its great that people are attempting to wait until 12 weeks. I know its a long time to wait but its much better then getting a puppy that is too young and will have massive issues.

    The way society in general treats animals is disgusting...funny because it was us that domesticated them for companionship and so on. IF we had left them alone, they'd be fine.

    Answer by Acid at 12:34 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

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