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What age should a kitten leave its mother?

Last Updated: 22nd June, 2020

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They will gradually eat more solid food until theyarefully weaned, at about eight weeks. At abouteightweeks of age, kittens are ready to leave the mother.Untilkittens are a year old, give them as much as they wanttoeat.

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Then, is it OK to give kittens away at 6 weeks old?

Explain to them that it's best to wait untilthey'reeight weeks old, for the sake of the kittens'health.No, you should not give your kittens away yet.Atthree weeks, they are still drinking their mother'smilk.Wait until they are weaned, at about6-8weeks.

Likewise, what happens if you take a kitten away from its mother too early? Kittens orphaned or separated fromtheirmother and/or littermates too early often failtodevelop appropriate "social skills," such as learning how tosendand receive signals, what an "inhibited bite" (acceptablemouthingpressure) means, how far to go in play-wrestling andsoforth.

Likewise, people ask, how long should a kitten stay with its mother?

Ideally, kittens should go to theirnewhome around 12 weeks of age. While some kittens can gohomeearlier, the closer you wait until 12 or 13 weeks, the betteroffthe kitten will be.

Can 6 week old kittens survive without their mother?

Unfortunately, orphaned kittens less than4weeks old cannot live without their mother, andmustbe bottle fed around the clock in ordertosurvive.

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