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09-10-2005, 09:06 PM
My husband and I have decided to have a baby! I am so excited. Of course
its not your human baby, but a kitty. He's had a cat before but I don't
think he personally bought it. I've never bought a kitten before so don't
really know what to look for. If anyone has any advice, pls feel free to drop a few lines. We are hoping to find one this coming weekend. We've been
looking at PetSmarts...but one of the things I wanted to know was is that o.k. or would it be better at a shelter, although the ones at PetSmart they are rescued animals.
09-10-2005, 10:25 PM
If you want a kitten, you really need to consider adopting 2. Kittens do much better in pairs. Here is an article (http://www.cara-adopt.org/adoptingkittens.html) from a rescue group detailing why kittens need a play friend. If you're not willing to open your home to 2 kittens, please consider adopting a single adult cat who is known to not do well with other felines (needs to be the only cat), as there are several cats who need to be onlys in need of a home.
Also, if you're looking to declaw, look at adopting a young adult. Decalwing is not a cheap procedure, and there are many declawed kitties out there in need of a home. There are many staunch anti-declaw advocates out there, and several rescue groups won't let you declaw an animal you get from them. Some shelters won't adopt to people who declaw/plan to declaw (I had a rescue woman go off on me after finding my animals were declawed, thinking that we personally declawed them... I laid into her for making a bad assumption. While I'm not pro-claw, I'm not rabid anti-declaw.), while others are just looking for a good home for the pet regardless.
If you're looking at cost, it is less expensive to adopt from a shelter than a private rescue group. My kitten from rescue in December ran $175, but a few months prior in September it was only $60 for my shelter kitten. Around here, the Petsmart kittens are well over $100 (I think $125-150 actually). I'm personally a fan of adopting from a kill-shelter... I feel good that I pulled an animal and made room for another one, but it's only really personal gratification. A rescue kitty isn't any better than a shelter kitty or vice versa. I've adopted from rescue groups as well. For me, what matters more is the animal. The connection I have with the pet is what seals the deal.
For me.. I want a kitty who doesn't mind being held. I want to be able to pick them up from time to time and have a few minutes of cuddle time. But I want a cat that can entertain herself/be content with a buddy. It's hard to tell when you first meet a kitten... but when you find the right one, you'll just have that 'feeling' that it's right :) It hasn't let me down yet!
Good luck finding a kitty!
09-11-2005, 09:17 PM
Each PetSmart has its own rescue group that uses the space, so it can vary from location to location. It's good to look around and find the right kitty for you- any rescue, be it from a private organization or a shelter, is a great thing so good for you!
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