How old this stray cat in the attached picture?
I would like to know how old this kitten is. We found him in our basement with his mother. We want to know how old he is so we know if it's okay to take him away from his mother, and if we do, how long to feed him the milk powder stuff for kittens.
Any domesticating tips would be helpful too!
on Oct 23rd 2011
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This kitten needs to be kept with his mother for as long as possible. Some breeders will keep kittens with their mothers for 12 weeks. I'm wondering why, if mom is alive and around and still caring for him in your basement, which I'm assuming is a safe place for them, you would want to take the baby away? Mother's milk is always the best. KMR (the "milk powder stuff") is OK, but the real stuff is the ideal. Hand feeding a baby needs to be done starting every 2 hours. No negotiations here. Someone has to be around to do it. 24/7. If you don't know how to hand-feed and/or hand-raise a kitten, leave it with it's mom. Even humane organizations will bring an orphaned kitten to another nursing mom if they have one rather than hand-feed it. It's a LOT of work. Do it or the kitten will die. Make sure Mom has plenty of food and quiet. Keep her litter box clean and leave her alone until she's read to turn the little one loose. When this happens, then write to us again and we'll go from there.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 10/24/11. Helpful? / 0
It's really hard to tell from a single photo but looks about 4-7 weeks. Aging kittens is usually better determined by their behavior and teeth- www.rescueguide.com
Now because in the picture a person is holding him and isn't bleeding I'm assuming the mother is friendly enough to tolerate you guys messing with her only kit. If that's the case you should leave him with her until he's at least 12 weeks and completely weened- kittens taken away earlier, especially when they don't have littermates, are notorious for having behavior problems- nippy or overly needy with people and no clue how to interact with other cats. Now if his mom is hissing and spitting at you every time you go down to check on them she is feral and teaching him to be feral and you should remove him when he's about 7-8 weeks old and mostly weened so you can work on socializing him alone. Otherwise just go down and spend a little time with them a few times a day- petting, holding, and playing.
Hannah answered on 10/24/11. Helpful? / 0