I wouldn't call her a "reputable" breeder, she simply had a litter of kittens. After reading many forums and looking it up online, I was under the impression that it is perfectly fine to let a kitten go at 8 weeks (unless it is a Sphynx, due to slower development). According to many reputable sites, a kitten's socialization period lasts until about 8 weeks old, they should be weaned and litter trained at this point also, all of which making it suitable for them to leave their mother and littermates. Of course 11-12 weeks would be better, as it simply adds additional time for socialization and behavioral manners, however, it does not make the breeder nor the person adopting the kitten a "bad" person to let them go two weeks early (the recommended time by most, from what I've found). Unfortunately, you can't please everybody and he would not have been there much longer if my husband hadn't decided to pick him up today (another guy was trying to make a deal with her, etc.). He's litter trained, eats solid & a small amount of wet food, has his shots and loves to be with his humans. I'm excited to get to take him home and I definitely don't want any negativity surrounding that!
As for the spraying, I agree. But I think it would be irresponsible to get him neutered too early and may cause some health issues if he is not at the right age to be neutered (of course, that is a controversial topic, but I'd rather be safe than sorry). This does not mean I will wait a year, I just will not do it while he is under 16 weeks old (older, even). But again, I have not made that decision yet and I believe it is a very personal choice, which I will make in time.
My husband surprised me with the kitten and told me we would be picking him up on Friday, so I am just grateful to even be receiving such a wonderful gift from someone who cares.
Last edited by marie73; 06-09-2017 at 05:49 PM.