When Are Kittens Ready to Leave Their Mother?


Generally, kittens should never be separated from their family before they are 8 weeks old and should not be taken away from their mothers before they are 12 weeks of age. However, the ideal age may vary from breed to breed and among individual kittens within a litter.
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Most kittens are ready to leave their mother by 6 weeks, or as soon as they can eat on their own. The mother will also let you know by leaving them alone, and moving away when they try to nurse.
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