Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Kittens, Kittens KITTENS! How many do you want?

Posted Friday, May 29, 2009, at 11:14 AM
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  • Steve,

    It is my understanding that weaning usually takes place between 8 and 12 weeks. It is during this time they start eating kitten kibbles and drinking out of a water dish. At least that was the approximate time frame for the kittens that we had back on the farm.

    Also, kittens need that much time to socialize with their litter mates and with people to learn "social etiquette." Hope this helps.

    -- Posted by amalphia on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 12:02 PM
  • Weaning is between 8-12 weeks. The kittens need gentle handling from humans to learn socialization.

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 12:26 PM
  • Thanks amalphia. I always seem to lose that information in my brain cells. I like any babies to have time to spend with their original family.

    We were forced to adopt one a few weeks early and I am not sure that he ever developed his immune system well from drinking mother's milk.

    I am not sure how old our newest (Pepperz) is, since once again she was abandoned by someone. She was able to eat without bottle feeding so I hope she had enough time.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:12 PM
  • Just tell the kittens to be gentle too!

    I end up with many scratches from surprise attacks, intentional carousing and missed jumps that fell short.

    Right now Pepperz is contemplating a surprise attack on Sophie. I am afraid Sophie does not have a lot of tolerance for this, but her bark is much worse than her bite.

    Now Pepperz is watching this strange kitten in the mirror. Stalking it. What a surprise when she tries to jump on it!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:18 PM
  • I love the playfullness of kittens and watching them learn. Miss it too, but not enough to add to my little tribe right now. I also bottle feed 4 kittens at the same time that were abanoned by their mom. It sure was fun, esp. when 2 of them looked identical when they were little.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 8:00 PM
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