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AGE  TO  GO  HOME

OUR KITTENS GO HOME NO SOONER THAN 10 WEEKS.  IN SOME CASEs, THEY MAY REQUIRE MORE TIME.

All kittens are individually assessed for maturity, eating, weight, and temperament.


                                             AGE TO GO HOME, AND some great data about bringing kitty home and getting ready: LINKS:


https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/AC_BlueBook_AWA_508_comp_version.pdf

        "ANIMAL WELFARE ACT - USDA LAW. § 2.130 - Minimum age requirements.  No dog or cat shall be delivered by any person to any carrier or intermediate handler for transportation, in commerce, or shall be transported in commerce by any person, except to a registered research facility, unless such dog or cat   is at least eight (8) weeks of age and has been weaned."


https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-laws-concerning-minimum-age-sale-puppies

        Laws of adoption age by 27 States. All ages are 6-8 weeks, or there is no law at all.  Some states, in addition to 6-8 week law, require the kitten/puppy be weaned.


https://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/bonding-with-your-new-kitten

    "The average age for people to get kittens    is eight weeks."


https://www.hillspet.com/cat-care/new-pet-parent/bringing-home-and-raising-your-new-kitten

    "Ideally, kittens remain with their mother and litter mates until they're at least eight weeks old. "


https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/how-old-should-a-kitten-be-before-they-are-adopted-purchased/

    "...removed from the mother cat for adoption or purchase to be 8 weeks of age."


https://pethelpful.com/cats/NewbornKittens-WhatYouNeedToKnow

    "...but it's still best to wait until after 10 weeks"


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Many breeders choose for their kittens to leave at 12 weeks or later. That is because of various reasons, one being the breeder is keeping a kitten and needs a longer period of time to determine breeding and show potential for their pick of the litter.  Another is they know their lines and with fragile breeds, a longer period of time is needed to make sure their kittens are strong enough to survive the transition to a new home.  Here, Moms wean their babies here before they are 6 weeks of age - sometimes earlier.  They avoid the kittens after this as they are mobbed for milk everytime they appear, even though they are weaned and mom has dried up.  There are no further "lessons" mom teaches after this, and the kittens  job is to grow and play until they go home. There is much conflicting "opinions" out there, especially on FB groups and chat lists. The above links are from Professionally written (usually a vet) articles, Sate and Federal laws, and publications.