At What Age Do Kittens Become Less Adoptable?

@Pigglies (9339)
United States
July 2, 2007 12:38am CST
I've noticed that in helping my friends find homes for kittens, that everyone wanted them when they were 8 weeks old. But there were steady adopters until they were about 16 weeks old. Yet my friends were super picky and so only 2 of 4 kittens have been adopted out. Now that there are 2 left, they are 4 months old and there isn't much interest in them. They still look pretty much like kittens to me, so I'm wondering what the difference is. If you're going for the kittens imprinting on you more, that critical point is known to be at 7 weeks, so after 8 weeks I'm not sure why the age seems to play such a big factor. But I guess people want them to stay kittens for longer.
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@Anne18 (11036)
18 Nov 08
We adopted a two year old cat from the RSPCA two years ago. The children wanted a pet and we couldn't cope with a dog or a kitten so we got a growen cat. We also got a kitten aged 7 weeks from there over a year a go.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Wow, congrats on both adoptions! I think I wouldn't ever have the time to be able to cope with a kitten or puppy and would always opt for an adult. Starting with a younger animal takes a lot more patience and time generally.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Last year I worked with an adoption group. I found that even adult cats had their fans (I know I'm one.) I place 16 cats, they weren't even offered until they were 8 weeks old. I'm glad I'm down those 16 cats, I KNOW I couldn't handle 40 cats!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
18 Nov 08
That is a LOT of cats! I definitely like adult cats better than kittens myself. I'm glad to know there are other fans as well.
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