At this stage, the kitten will be ready to go to a new home if you choose not to keep him. A kitten raised by his mother needs to stay with her until he is 12 weeks old to learn all she has to teach him, but a hand-reared kitten is usually ready at 8-9 weeks. He will be curious, more independent and getting into everything. He will also need his first set of vaccinations at this time. These are temporary vaccinations only and another set of vaccinations will be required when the kitten is 12 weeks old, followed by a final booster at 16 weeks of age. Adult cats should be vaccinated every year to maintain immunity.