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how old does a cat need to be before giving it away or getting one?

Im getting a kitten from my friend but I need to know how old it has to be before getting it, the cat is 5 weeks old right now


Asked by Member 849666 on Jun 27th 2009 Tagged catageadoption in Bringing Your Pet Home
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Rodney

Generally 8 weeks is the optimal age. In alot of states, its illegal to give away a pet before it is 8 weeks old.


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Allie

I agree. My vet just told me that they consider 8 weeks to be best for both bonding with their new human family and for being ready to leave their Mom cat. (unless the Mom cat is not taking care of the kittens properly for some reason) 5 weeks is too soon because he or she needs to learn to eat solid food, use the litterbox and learn socialization skills playing with the other kittens.


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