Is it OK to separate kittens at 8 weeks?
It is a common misconception that kittens can be separated from their mothers as early as 8 weeks old. However, kittens separated at this time are still at risk for developmental, social, and health issues. Instead, kittens should remain with their mothers until they are 12-14 weeks old.
When is the best time to adopt a kitten?
Dog people know about the socialization of puppies, but kittens also benefit from socialization–except it comes WAY EARLIER in cat babies. The prime kitten socialization period falls between 2-7 weeks (yikes!) which means rescuers, shelter personnel and breeders are vital to the future well-being of cats and how they look at their world.
Where can I find adoptable cats in my area?
Use the nationwide database of cats looking for good homes below! Search by zip code to meet available cats in your area. Please note, these cats are from rescues and shelters nationwide and are not available through the ASPCA.
What do you need to know about adopting a cat?
In either case, make sure the space is big enough for the cat to stand up and turn around in. Cat “feng shui” probably requires that he or she be able to see the door to the room from his hidey hole, so he won’t be startled. A cat’s claws need to be worn down, and they do this by scratching on things.
How long does it take for a cat to adjust to a new home?
It may take your cat a week or two to adjust. Be patient. Within a week of being adopted, take your newly adopted cat for her first wellness visit with a veterinarian.
Where can I find cats and kittens for adoption?
Cats & Kittens for Adoption CAP has many wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption! New animals arrive every day at the shelter, so remember to check the website often. Before coming to the shelter, please review our Adoption Informationpage for further adoption information.
How old do kittens have to be to be adopted by AHS?
The kittens surrendered to AHS are often too young for adoption. Kittens less than 8 weeks old typically do not weigh enough to have spay/neuter surgery (a requirement before they become available for adoption).
What to do in the first few days of adopting a cat?
Do him a favor and provide a small area to call his own for the first few days or weeks. A bathroom or laundry room works well. Furnish the room with cat amenities, such as food, water and a litter box.
How old do kittens have to be to go to shelter?
To minimize time in shelter and the number of young kittens needing foster care, we ask that people consider keeping kittens in their homes until the kittens are at least 8 weeks old. Learn more about caring for kittens and moms with kittens. If you absolutely cannot keep the kittens, you can surrender them to AHS.