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age kittens leave???

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Spaniel mad, Aug 2, 2009.


  1. Spaniel mad

    Spaniel mad PetForums VIP

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    Had a phone call yesterday in reply to my ad for Nala's kittens. We have 1 ginger male left and the woman wanted to know if she can come and collect him now. I explained that he is only 5 weeks old so will not be ready for at least 3 more weeks.
    She said she has just collected a 6 week old kitten and she wants another asap. I said that 6 weeks is early for it to leave and she said that y she wants another to keep him company.

    i said that mine have only just started eating and they still have 1 feed from their mum and she said thats ok i will bottle feed him.

    she kept repeating over and over that she wants mine now and would not take no for an answer. In the end i told her to piss off and hung up.

    I dont like being rude like that but the silly woman was annoying me.

    What age do you all let your kittens leave for new homes??
     
  2. Crocky

    Crocky PetForums Junior

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    I never had kittens myself (I mean, my cat hasn't) so I'm not an expert, but I have already experienced it very closely in our family.

    Anyway, I think you're absolutely right; 5 weeks is very young to get them away from their mother.
    Normally it should be 8 weeks before they are ready to be taken away from their mum and go to their new homes. Sometimes people already do so at 7, but never heard of 5 weeks... That should be much too young!

    I understand that this woman wants it soon, time goes by só slowly when you have to wait for your little kitten to come over and settle in (I remember I was ;) ).
    But still, if she really cares about it, she should know that she's being unreasonable...
     
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    I got Mikki at 8 weeks

    viv xx:)
     
  4. sullivan

    sullivan PetForums VIP

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    you stand by your cats its way to young and if she had the cats well being in mind shed wait. She obv doesnt give a hoot about the kitten and yours is better off where it is till another nice owner comes along.
     
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    6 weeks is FAR too early. Even 8 weeks is not as good at 10 weeks!

    Kittens' immune systems are not fully developed until 12 weeks or so - which is why they are not usually vaccinated until that age, and why responsible breeders of pedigree cats do not allow their kittens to go until the vaccs are complete.

    If you aren't able to have their vaccs done before they go to new homes, 10 weeks is a reasonable compromise. There's a big difference in their confidence, socialisation and overall robustness by this age.
     
  6. Spaniel mad

    Spaniel mad PetForums VIP

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    Our kittens have always gone between 8 and 9 weeks and they have all settled in quickly and had no problems.

    Just had someone come and look at the 1 we had left and they can offer him a perfect home and are more then willing to wait til hes ready
     
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    Stupid woman! I think you saved your cat from an awful life.

    We don't let ours go until 13 weeks.

    With moggies I would imagine that 8 weeks would be the very earliest they should leave.
     
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    13 weeks, Ragdolls can be slightly immature though.

    I most likely had Misty at 6/7 weeks, she was so tiny, it's not good them leaving mum so young, some breeders are more than happy to shunt them out the door asap but then these are same ones who take them from Mum at 4 weeks, it all makes me feel very angry. Way too young.

    Moggies are around 10/12 weeks
     
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    Spaniel mad PetForums VIP

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    Ours are moggies and we make sure they go to people with cat experience so they know what they are doing.

    We also get the vet checked before they leave aswell to make sure they are healthy
     
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    Biawhiska PetForums VIP

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    I would say no earlier than 9 weeks, BUT, really they should be kept longer if they are not ready to leave. No matter what the new owner says, if they are decent owners they will wait.
     
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    Oh my god! I cant beleive she acted like that! :eek:hmy:

    Mine go at 13+

    Moglets normally go at 8ish :)
     
  12. Saikou

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    Sorry, but if she couldn't wait a few short weeks for the kitten, then she didn't really want him. Those sort of "want him/her now" types are to be avoided at all costs, they're the types that change their minds more times than they change their knickers!!!

    9 weeks is the minimum age a moggie kitten should leave imo and even then it should be assessed on a kittens individual readiness to leave home. There are no rules except that it has to be right for the kitten and not the breeder or the prospective new owner.
     
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    I would have told her where to go!

    5 weeks old is far too young for a kitten to leave.

    I have had foster kittens that were not yet weaned at 5 weeks and most are definately not using the litter tray.

    If someone cannot wait 3 weeks for a kitten then they clearly are not the right person for that kitten.
     
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    I waited until my last kittens were 8 weeks. They were dumped in woods at 5 weeks old and rescued by Cat's Protection and were being hand reared anyway so there wasn't even the question about leaving Mum too early. It was a case of their immune system and waiting until they were vaccinated. The kittens we are getting at the end of Aug will be 9 weeks. They are mogs too. But, if the breeder was to say that they would benefit having extra time with Mum then I would be happy to wait longer!
    Sharon
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  15. PoisonGirl

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    Until I joined here I didn't know that most people let their kittens go at 10 - 13 weeks.
    I had not had my own cat before and asked on my local freecycle if anyone knew of any kittens, and a woman who's farm cat had (unknown to them apparently!) had a litter and she came to visit my home when the kittens were 5 weeks, then at 7 weeks I went to see them and at 8 weeks she brought them to me.

    If I had known any better I would have found someone who let them go at atleast 10 weeks! I did take two so they did have eachother and they had their jag as soon as we got them.


    If that woman was being so stupid as to argue with your reasons, for your kittens then she should not have one! Someone asked me for a puppy at 6 weeks and I told them if they thought it was acceptable to remove a puppy at 6 weeks I hoped they never got a dog!

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