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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by BLUEDIAMONDS, Mar 27, 2011.


  1. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    Good evening too everyone, hope u all had a lovely weekend.

    A few questions I would like too run by any one who reads this post;)

    My friends cat had kittens 4 weeks ago yesterday. At what age would people recommend me taking the kitten away from its mother???? I have googled it some say from 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks am confused.com lol ( dont take much) The kitten is doing throughly well is already toilet trained and has had some food and water today for the first time ( am so proud of my kitten really :D)

    Also I been reading up about injections for kittens and they all specify different dates for injections , some say 8 weeks for first one , right up till about 5 months - Oh wot too do .

    Any tips and advice would be most welcomed and I have told my friend that when I am collecting my kitten my sis in law is taking me and I wanna make it as painless/nice for the kitten so I just basically wanna walk in pick the kitten up and take it out of the room and take it into her kitchen and put in in the pet carrier, call me silly but I'd feel bad for putting the kitten in the basket in front of its mummy and brothers and sisters...:eek: do you think this is the right way too do it??? Help plz any advice would be most grateful - thanks in advance for reading - Julie xx
     
  2. Tanya1989

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    Didnt want to read and run, but I believe its 12 weeks
     
  3. gloworm*mushroom

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    Definitely 12 weeks. 6 weeks is WAY too young. 8 weeks is bare minimum. The best thing for you kitten is to leave it with mum for 12 weeks to get lots of socialisation and mums milk.

    I think putting it in the carrier in the room would be fine. Its mother wont think 'Oh no a carrier to take it away!' and I just think itd be easier to do it in one room rather than carry it around the house.

    Ideally both vaccs would be done before it leaves it home.
     
  4. Sparkles87

    Sparkles87 PetForums Senior

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    Hello.
    Is the kitten a pedigree or a moggy?
    I suppose either way it doesn't make much difference as they should ideally be 12 weeks old before being taken from mum and siblings :)
    They should be vaccinated first at 9 weeks then at 12 weeks, so this should be completed by the time you bring your kitten home if you wait till he/she is at least 12 weeks old.
    Good luck,

    Sparkles.
     
  5. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    Thanks for your reply:D

    My friend wont be able to afford to give the kitten his/her injections and wont be able to afford too keep it there ( she is already moaning at the costs) I did tell her too get her cats neutered /spayed as she had 2 cats one of each sex , needless to say she didnt and hence the kittens come along. What actually broke my heart ( even though I didnt say nothing to my friend) she got rid of the daddy a week after the kittens was born , and wots made me even more mad, she is keeping one of the kittens herself:eek::eek::eek::eek: Totally wrong in my book , but through the fear of her kicking off and saying ur not having the kitten I dare say anything:confused::confused: and another thing is as well the kittens have already got fleas and she hasnt even treated them for it or taken them too the vets and once again this is really peeing me off...why ppl have animals and dont care for em 100% is beyond me!! ty for your input tho...
     
  6. gloworm*mushroom

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    Well, can you pay her to get the kitten of yours vaccinated at the right times?

    It sounds harsh, but taking the kittens that young is likely to result in kittens with behavioural and health issues. They DO need to suckle much longer than 6 weeks, they need mommas milk.

    Is there any way you can take all the kittens and mumma cat until 12 weeks? (and get her spayed before giving her back!)

    The fleas: Fleas WILL KILL kittens. They NEED to be treated for them ASAP, with a comb, not a chemical flea treatment!
     
  7. IndysMamma

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    bare minimum she should keep them is 8-9 weeks for their immune systems to be ready to cope with the world

    if poss could you take 2 kittens? or do you have another cat at home? it makes socialisation easier and means they need less attention as babies as they have each other for attention, play, company and to snuggle up warm at night.

    If you can't have 2/don't have another then a fleecy blanky around a warm hot water bottle is a good substitute.

    You can get a spray on Frontline flea spray at vets that is far better than over the counter stuff for kittens - don't spray straight onto kitty though, soak onto a cloth then stroke kitty with the cloth - a lot less scary for them

    do you know what gender/colour you're getting? congratz on the new baby :)
     
  8. gloworm*mushroom

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    I don't believe there are any chemical flea treatments for kittens under 8 weeks. Warm water and a flea comb is the way to do it.
     
  9. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    Dont know the gender of the kitten and my friend wont take em too the vets until they are 7 weeks old ( dont ask me why):mad: - my kitten is totally black :D ty for the tip of the flea spray ( didnt even know they did it in a spray) I am going too be taking my kitten too the vets once I get it home (after a few days of settling in )
     
  10. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    I have asked her what she has done about this and all she says is that she will do something soon, alas its not been done,:( and I fear that if I put my foot down and interfere too much she wont let me have the kitten . I am at a lost really :confused: I wanna do wots right for the kitten but if I upset her she wont hesitate too not give me the kitten
     
  11. gloworm*mushroom

    gloworm*mushroom PetForums VIP

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    :( But what about the kittens you are not taking? Those need to be cared for as well, not just the one you are taking...
     
  12. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    The other kittens are going too new homes as well. New owners have already been found for them.
     
  13. gloworm*mushroom

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    But will they be getting vaccinated and treated for fleas etc? I know you do not want her to not let you have a kitten if you tell her what to do properly, but these kittens need to be treated for fleas asap (and not with chemicals! Hot water and a flea comb) or they are gonna be in trouble.
     
  14. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    Unfortunately I cannot answer what treatments the other people are going too be giving their own kitten as I do not know any of them at all
     
  15. gloworm*mushroom

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    But you CAN inform the kittens owner of what needs to be done for the health of your, and other peoples, kittens. If they dont get treated for fleas VERY soon then, I'm sorry but there might not even BE kittens for people...
     
  16. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Kittens taken from mum and siblings too early have a very high risk of behaviour issues.12/13 weeks is the ideal age but if this isnt possible then 9/10 weeks would be my minimum.At this age they are old enough to have their vaccs,but it does concern me that you say they have fleas.As already said fleas can be a killer in kittens,they have so little blood that it doesnt take much to suck them dry.They do need to be treated,now.What about worming,is your friend intending to worm the kittens.Does your friend also realise that the mother cat will be in season anytime now so could ,if she gets out become pregnant again and that would be a disaster and could be very dangerous for her.
     
  17. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    I know and I agree. I cannot physically force her too do it tho......Its so fustrating, I feel useless not being in control of the situation:(
     
  18. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Frontline spray,used under veterinary supervision should be ok to use on young kittens.
     
  19. BLUEDIAMONDS

    BLUEDIAMONDS PetForums Junior

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    Thanks for this , I did check online pets shop/store and it states from 8 weeks upwards for this. but ty anyway xx
     
  20. Sparkles87

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    The vet gave me frontline for William at 6 weeks when he had fleas. Although I would definitely get it from the vet as they give you specific instructions on how to use it with such a young kitten.

    Sparkles.
     
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