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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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How long is a kitten's opportunity window open in shelters?

I just got back from the shelter and saw a momma kat with about 7 kittens... they're eyes couldnt even open yet. beautiful orange tabbys and grey calicos in baldwin park, animal shelter.

anyone have any idea how long the shelter would keep these guys? they are way too young to adopt, for me at least.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 05:30 PM
 
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The shelters around me wait until they are weaned before adopting them out. I think they do that around 6-8 weeks (I'm not sure).

I've seen some really young kittens at shelters near me and some older ones that were there since they were born (about 3-4 months). I think it mostly depends on the health of the kittens.
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Your best bet would be to just ask the shelter.....I think it all depends on the shelter, your state, etc. Here, unfortunately, I believe any kittens arriving at the shelter unweaned are put to sleep--and kittens,cats,dogs,and puppies, regardless of age, etc., only have 3 days max to find a home or they are euthanized.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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what's the earliest a kitten can be weaned? also is it up to the mother to teach them proper grooming/disposal techniques ?
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 11:20 PM
 
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Yup, in the county & city animal control they only give them 3 days. The SPCA's give them longer, but are still "kill"

Kittens can be weaned at 4-5 weeks, and the mother teaches them all they need to know about how to act, groom, potty...and so on. The kittens should stay with their mother until they are 12 weeks.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2004, 04:09 AM
 
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kittens,cats,dogs,and puppies, regardless of age, etc., only have 3 days max to find a home or they are euthanized
Oh that's horrible. I can't get a straight answer out of our local shelter ... they always tell me "Depends on the animal" blah, blah, blah. I'm in CA too, so I wonder if this applies to our shelter.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2004, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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nooo only 3 days? that does sound realistic tho considering how many kittens my local shelter gets (baldwin park, ca). these kittens couldnt be any more than 4 days old. they looked surprisingly very very healthy all runnin over each other... the mom did look somewhat worn out, she's a big girl tho.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2004, 10:18 AM
 
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You wouldn't believe what my local Emergency 24hour clinic told me to do with a semi-feral kitten that we kept trying to trap.
I called them and I said "We have a semi-feral and I was wondering what the youngest they can get pregnant is? We are going to trap her and let her have her babies if she is."

The lady at the front desk told me "Oh, don't bother to trap her. Call the Animal Control and they will do it."

Me: "Won't she be killed?"

Lady: "No, they let them have the babies, then keep them up for adoption until they are all adopted."

Unbelievable! I already knew they only keep them 3 days before being killed...but ferals are never adopted

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P.S. By the way, turns out the kitten we are *still* trying to trap isn't pregnant
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2004, 10:32 AM
 
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At the shelter here, they keep animals until someone adopts them, there's been a dog there for like a year the only time they ever euthenize is i think when they've been there forever and have a disabillity. BUT i'm not exactly sure on why they would euthenize....I'll have to email them!
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