Choosing a Kitten – Key things to consider before bringing home baby

by Rita Reimers

BooBoo and Pinky

You walk into a pet store, and one of the local shelters is holding adoptions. You walk over to the cages, just to say hello, but once you see the kittens you are hooked. You impulsively decide to adopt one (or two!). It’s so easy to fall in love at first sight when you look into the eyes of a kitten. The sweet little face, tiny paws, boundless energy all captivate us and bring out our parental instincts.

But there are some things to consider before deciding to add a kitten to your household and before choosing which one to adopt.

  • Make sure the kittens look healthy. If there is discharge from the eyes or nose, the kitty probably has a cold or an infection. This doesn’t mean you cannot adopt the kitten, but just know she might require some special care and perhaps medication for awhile when you get her home.
  • Is the kitten playing with her litter mates or is she sitting by herself? A kitten that sits alone might be less social than her litter mates and may prefer a quiet household without other pets or young children.
  • Do you have an older adult cat at home already? If so, you would have an easier job if you adopt two kittens instead of one. Kittens learn social behavior from each other. During rough play, they teach each other acceptable behaviors and they expel that high kitten energy on each other. Your adult cat might not enjoy being the center of these antics, but she might enjoy watching the two of them rough house.
  • If you work long house, a kitten might not be the best choice for you, again unless you adopt two. If you want just one kitten, an older cat might be a better choice if you are away at work most of the day.

These are just a few of the things that should be considered before you add a kitten, or any pet, to your life. Animals are a lifetime commitment of 10 to 15 (or more) years, and along the way they will need food, toys, vet care, and plenty of love and affection. If you are not prepared to provide that many years of care, perhaps saying hello at the adoptions, or volunteering with a shelter or rescue, would be a better choice for you.

Rita Reimers February 1, 2010 at 8:48 am

Hi Joey, thanks for your comments. I checked the link you left, I didn’t see anything there pertaining to Cats and dry eye, can you redirect us to the specific entry? Thanks, Rita

Joey February 1, 2010 at 8:21 am

I loved your article it has great information. I think you and your readers might be interested in another article I found, about cats and dry eyes.

Rita Reimers January 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Thanks Iris, it’s very important to be sure you have a quality pet care professional when you travel.

Iris Goldman January 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Another important thing to consider is how your cats are going to be taken care of when you need to go away overnight or for several days or a week. When you take in a cat, you take in the responsibility of treating that cat well, just as you would a child. The love you give to your cat will come back ten-fold. I am very grateful to Cats90210, because when I go away, my three cats are safe AND happy. And that makes me happy, because I can go away and have peace of mind. Plus, getting that extra special treat of photos of my cat sent to my e-mail gives me a special boost!


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