Age Guidelines for Adopting Puppies and Kittens
|Many times we are asked, “What is the best age to adopt a dog or cat?” The best age would be at approximately age 8 weeks. I recommend kittens and puppies stay with their mother until age 6-8 weeks to facilitate their transition from nursing to kitten/puppy foods, and to allow them the opportunity to socially interact with their litter-mates and develop physically and emotionally.
When animal guardians adopt pets at this age, puppies and kittens tend to be healthier. They can then direct their health care in a positive manner,
by feeding great natural diets such as Halo or Nature’s Variety, as well as get them started on multivitamin supplements like Vitachews and Omega 3 fatty acids like pet Omega 3 Fatty Acids by Nordic Naturals.
I recommend vaccinations no earlier than 6-8 weeks. A vaccine schedule should be discussed with the animal guardian that won’t lead to over-vaccination or vaccinosis, which I see many times when older pets are adopted, who have been over-vaccinated. I do recommend, however, that animal guardians consider adopting older pets as well. It is truly a wonderful contribution to adopt older pets, who have had either difficult prior homes or prior health issues, and who may face euthanasia if they are not adopted soon.