Cat breeders are often keen to rehome litters of kittens as soon as they are weaned and will look for cat owners who will be able to provide for the welfare of the kittens. However, some cat breeders apply the pressure on people who have shown an interest in taking one or two kittens and try to persuade them to take the kittens before they are ready to be separated from their mother. If you are facing this kind of pressure, you can do your part so that you can be sure the kittens are ready to be rehomed when they come home to you.
If you have already picked out a kitten from the litter, but you can already feel the pressure building to obtain the kittens too early, limit your visits. Do not visit every day or even every week. When you do visit, keep the visits brief so that you can get away quickly if you need to.
Some cat breeders resort to piling heavy guilt trips onto the shoulders of prospective cat owners, telling them that the kitten(s) they have chosen are forward, gaining in independence at a remarkable rate and will be ready to come home by 6 weeks. These kind of pressure tactics can be hard to overcome, particularly if you have already started to bond with the kitten(s) and are anxious for the happy homecoming. Kittens develop at a different rate and are not all ready to be rehomed at 6 weeks. Some kittens need much longer, sometimes up to 3 months. Do not just rely on what the cat breeder is telling you. Some cat breeders are unscrupulous and are more interested in offloading the current litter before they turn their attention to the next litter. Observe the kitten at play and while they are feeding. Does your kitten still rely heavily on its mother for nursing, cleaning, play and comfort? If so, the kitten will still need extra time with its mother and should be rehomed just yet. A kitten that is separated from its mother too early will not develop properly and will exhibit behavioural problems.
Many cat breeders will soon realise that piling on the pressure is not a good strategy and that this could put prospective cat owners off. If you have tried to limit visits and have done your best to overcome guilt trips, but you can still sense that the cat breeder wants you to have the kitten(s) too soon, you should seriously consider going elsewhere. Cat owners should not have to feel under constant pressure to obtain a kitten when it is clear that it would be in the kitten’s best interests to stay with its mother for longer.
Welcoming a new kitten into the home is a joyous time for all concerned. But it can be hard for cat owners who are struggling to overcome the pressure to get a kitten too soon.