How Old Can A Kitten Be Separated From Its Mother?

Answer: Kittens can be separated from their mother at any time during the first three weeks of their lives. The best one-week old kitten is more than ready to make the transition on its own, although some kittens (particularly those who are not very well socialized) may need extra support and encouragement for a few days after separation. Older kittens who have been raised with other cats or simply had no contact with other animals do better if they don’t go outside until they’re about six weeks old (if you live in an apartment, this means getting them spayed/neutered by five weeks).