Three Weeks Old
For most breeds, weaning kittens begins at about three weeks of age. You can start them off by offering a pan of formula in place of their mother’s milk. Next, replace the formula with a combination of thin cereal and formula.
Hand-fed kittens may be removed from the bottle, and high quality canned kitten food may be offered in addition to the cereal/formula mixture.
Five Weeks Old
At five weeks, delete the cereal and replace the formula with a solution of equal parts evaporated milk and water. A high-quality dry kitten food can be mixed into the canned food.
To avoid digestive upsets, be sure to introduce all changes in food or feeding schedules gradually.
Find Loving Homes
A responsible breeder makes sure that every single kitten goes to an owner who will provide it with the same love and devotion for life that the breeder has provided for the first eight or ten weeks. This means careful screening and evaluation of each person or family interested in getting a kitten.
By this time you have learned everything you can about your breed, and you know all the pros and cons of ownership. It’s important to share this information, including the negative aspects with prospective kitten owners.
You should be ready to explain why a cat requiring a lot of coat care or training is not the best match for a workaholic. You must be absolutely committed to placing your kittens only in homes you believe will provide excellent care. Many breeders have buyers sign a contract that defines the type of care they expect, what to do if they can no longer care for the animal, and guarantees regarding genetic defects.