Some people are concerned that an older kitten won’t bond with them as well as a younger one. This isn’t a true at all. In fact, research shows that kittens that stay with their mother for the first 12-16 weeks of life tend to be the most friendly, secure, and well-adjusted.
Cats aren’t like dogs, they don’t have a developmental stage that is the optimal time to bond with humans. They don’t need to establish their place in the family hierarchy from a young age. In fact, removing them from their mother too early can cause lasting behavioral problems. Even after weaning, kittens need time with their mothers to learn social skills and manners. Their immune systems need to strengthen so they can deal with the stress of transitioning into a new home. One study in 2017 of nearly 6000 kittens found that, compared to kittens weaned before 12 weeks of age, kittens weaned at 14-15 weeks had a lower probability of aggression towards strangers and behavioral problems.
By waiting until your kitten is old enough before taking her home, you will get plenty of the adorable baby stage with the benefit of a companion that is emotionally prepared to fit into a new family.
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