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  • 1.  Weaning Kittens from their motherWhen do most people start weaning kittens?

    Posted 22 days ago

    Good Afternoon--When do others start to wean kittens away from their mother?  Any suggested techniques?


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    Robin Tant
    Owner/Director
    Paws and All Feline Rescue
    NC
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  • 2.  RE: Weaning Kittens from their motherWhen do most people start weaning kittens?

    Posted 21 days ago

    Kittens can start being weaned anywhere from 4-6 weeks old. 



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    Charlie Williams
    Lawyer
    California Law Association
    CA
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  • 3.  RE: Weaning Kittens from their motherWhen do most people start weaning kittens?

    Posted 21 days ago

    Thank you! If starting at 4 weeks, should the process still include the mother's milk for supplementation?



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    Robin Tant
    Owner/Director
    Paws and All Feline Rescue
    NC
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  • 4.  RE: Weaning Kittens from their motherWhen do most people start weaning kittens?

    Posted 21 days ago

    Hi, Robin:
    I recommend enrolling in the new Maddie's University course Taking the Fear Out of Bottle Feeding and Basic Kitten Care. It covers weaning as well as many other topics. Plus, linked from the course is an MPF group monitored by Marnie Russ, who authored the course and started the Kitten College at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. She is available for questions at any time and will get right back to you. She is all things kitten!
    Erika



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    Erika Shaffer
    Instructional Designer
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 5.  RE: Weaning Kittens from their motherWhen do most people start weaning kittens?

    Posted 21 days ago

    Thank you.  Will definitely look at that!



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    Robin Tant
    Owner/Director
    Paws and All Feline Rescue
    NC
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  • 6.  RE: Weaning Kittens from their motherWhen do most people start weaning kittens?

    Posted 21 days ago

    Hi Robin

    At our shelter, we tend to get a lot of bottle baby kittens that comes in without mom. Our foster start weaning at 4-5 weeks. When transition the kittens, we ask the fosters to do gruel which is formula mix with pate wet food. Kinda like apple sauce paste. The first week, is in a bottle and the foster slowly gets the kitten(s) to get from a plate. It usually takes about 2 weeks for the kittens transition from formula to wet food. I hope this helps



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    Amelia Pham
    Assistant Manager
    WAGS PET ADOPTION
    Westminster CA
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