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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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best age for kitten to be adopted?

I saw an ad for kittens to adopt yesterday + the ad said they are "about 6 weeks old". I REALLY struggled cuz they were SO CUTE + there was 2 "red heads" which I love - BUT SIX WEEKS OLD? Said they were eating kitten food but "still nursing sometimes . . . " ARG!

What is a GOOD age to adopt kittens?
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12 weeks is optimal. The extra time with Mom and siblings gives them some social graces and manners.

8 weeks is doable. I wouldn't go under that unless it was an abandonment situation.
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Thank You! That's what I thought but I see so many ads saying 8 wo kittens "ready to go!' THAT That I just wondered . . . I've never seen an ad for 12 wo kittens!
Maybe I could compromise at 10 weeks???
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after watching my foster kittens grow, I can see how development problems happen when kittens are taken too young and they are not afforded the opportunity to "practice" on each other. You will quite possibly have a real behavioral mess on your hands later if you do this. Kittens should be adopted in pairs at a minimum or wait until they are 12 weeks old, In my opinion, don't do this.

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Oh no! I didn't mean I was thinking of getting the 6wo kittens!
I was wondering if 2 10wo siblings would be old enough?
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Good article on the benefits of keeping kittens with mama till 12 weeks:

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Ask if you can give a non refundable deposit and they keep the kitties until they are 12 weeks.


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Ask if you can give a non refundable deposit and they keep the kitties until they are 12 weeks.


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Bon, this is an excellent idea!
And you could ask this with anyone who has a mama cat and kittens...

Also if they hem&haw over doing this, I would question their concerns about the kittens in general...
If they happen to mention financial reasons...
You could offer to kick in towards the kittens food or litter!
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I always see 8 week old kittens for adoption at rescues, CL, ads, etc. I think most people just want them gone; it saves on food and vet costs and technically they are weened and adoptable. Reputable breeders usually keep their kittens until 12 weeks, or at least that seems to be the norm. I would imagine it would be hard to find someone with kittens "off the street" who are willing to keep them until 12 weeks. Am I wrong here?
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Probably. The Craigslist type people just want them gone. Rescue's and Shelter's need to make room for the many more waiting behind it for space.
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