For Baby Jake's Own Good...
I got some sad news yesterday from my pal KT, who's caring for the kittens until they're ready for adoption.
Seems she's been reading a lot of kitten sites that say kittens are much better off if they stay with their mamas until they are 12 weeks old. Mama's milk contains valuable nutrients that help kittens stay healthy. Also, by staying with their little siblings a little longer, babies learn not to bite and how to play nice, lest they be avoided by the litter.
Baby Jake was born on December 10, making him just shy of 8 weeks old. I have reluctantly agreed to let KT keep him until he's either 12 weeks old or his mama stops nursing him, whichever comes first.
Either those websites are correct, or KT is a relentless kitten whore who created fake web sites so she could keep the babies a little longer and hog all that fuzzy adorability for a few more weeks.
Regardless, I can't help but feel little Jake will benefit from a few more weeks of his mama's milk and socialization with his sisters.