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Wean Cats at Fourteen Weeks of Age — 8 Comments

  1. My local shelter people being idiots about many things are also idiots regarding this. They actually say 4 weeks is okay. They either don’t know better or they ignore it and opt for convenience and don’t care to admonish people when they do it early. Every cat I’ve seen who’s been weaned early like that developed behavior problems. Every cat I’ve known that has behavior problems like those mentioned and probably a couple others, were likely weaned or orphaned too early, so I whole-heartedly agree with this… 14 weeks sounds good or at least better. It makes perfect sense and it pans out anecdotally.

  2. My two Tabbinese Tigers were weaned from mama by necessity at 3.5 weeks. While I bottle fed they also had a surrogate mama in our Little Mercy. Young cats can thrive but there should be at least two and an adult cat in the home to nurture them.
    I stopped weaning my last foals at 3 months to prep them for halter classes and left them with mama. She weaned them naturally at 9 months even though they were only suckling once or twice a day at that point. It’s becoming a more evolved trend in breeders to not only try and breed high quality and temperament but respect the emotional value of being left with their mother for a longer more natural period of time.

      • I think New Mexico is one of the most beautiful places I’ve lived. I sold the last of my horses a few years ago.
        The stresses caused by early weaning are not replaced by formulated nutrition or the nurturing given by the dam. I have seen the same behaviors when we had the feral colony.
        Many breeders are in it for the money and the sooner a baby animal is weaned the sooner the female can be rebred and produce more. With horses a foal sold at 3-4 months as a halter prospect has little overhead beyond breeding and vet fees. The well developed emotionally developed foal sold at 9-12 months has a feed bill, farrier and vet costs attached.
        Considering the number of behavior issues I’ve seen in horses and the shelters full of cats and dogs turned in because they were unstable you have to start to look at not only poor breeding but poor environmental conditions. 8 week old puppies and kittens are not equipped to deal with life on their own.

      • Agreed. Mom always knows best. BUT Too many breeders want that “Almighty Dollar” and could care less about the welfare of the animal involved. Poor babies. <3

      • That’s not true of US breeders. I don’t know about English breeders. Here, breeders will not force weaning or other natural feline social development. Weaning is up to the queen and the kit’s needs.

        I do like the idea of not releasing kits until 14 weeks. Unfortunately, shelters and the lesser rescues are all about selling kits at 6-8 weeks age, therefore are the primary reasoning behind weaning and separating kits from their mums long before it’s healthy to do so. How this gets blamed on breeders is beyond me.

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