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Date: 10/30/13 10:22 PM

We had a pet a time or two growing up...but we were poor and barely had food for us so a pet wasn't an option most of the time.

I spent a dozen years as a crazy busy single mom and had no desire for a pet.

Now the kids (well 1 is indifferent) and I want a kitten! I don't know where to get a cat!

I don't know what kind of cat I want...

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Date: 10/30/13 10:31 PM

Check if there is a cat rescue society in your community. I know of 3 within a 20 mile radius of where I live. We have got two kittens from different ones.

The kittens had their shots and one was fixed, the other we got a voucher for the spay. The local cat rescues sell their kittens through pet stores.

Another option is your local SPCA, they will likely have both kittens and adult cats looking for a home.

Free Kittens are generally more expensive in the long run than ones from rescue groups. You have to pay for shots, spay etc.

All but two of our cats have been mutt cats. The two pure breed cats were not bought, we got them after their owners died. Both were Tonkanese and beautiful cats, but I would not choose to pay for a pure bred cat, when their are so many mutts looking for a home.

Keep in mind a cat is a long term commitment. Our oldest cat was 19 when she died in her sleep. Others have been well over 15 when they died.

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Date: 10/30/13 10:32 PM

Head to your local animal shelter. No need worry over what kind... the right one will pick you.

I will say though stick to your guns and get a kitten. An older cat from the shelter can be already very set in their ways of bad and very hard to break habits. For someone who has not really had pets their whole life that is not a headache you need or are looking for.

Whatever you do, do not buy from a pet store. Please adopt somewhere.
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Date: 10/30/13 10:35 PM

Google no-kill shelter and your city or state. Most of them allow the cats free run of the shelter and they are pretty well socialized. You will probably be allowed to interact with the cats in the shelter and can choose one that you click with.

You will probably have to sign a contract that you will return the cat to the no-kill if it doesn't work out- no dumping, taking it to the humane society or euthanizing it if there are problems. They will probably also stipulate that you agree not to de-claw. You will probably have to pay an adoption fee that pays for shots and spay/neutering.

At least those are the experiences I have heard from several friends who have happily adopted from no-kill shelters in my area. They usually have cats of all ages.

You will not be sorry if you do it. They can be such a joy!

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Date: 10/30/13 10:35 PM

Quote: Kalindi1121
An older cat from the shelter can be already very set in their ways of bad and very hard to break habits. For someone who has not really had pets their whole life that is not a headache you need or are looking for.

This has been my response to helpful people offering cats. Husband and I nor the kids, have had pets. An adult animal might be too difficult to acclimate to and for s/he to acclimate to us.

I'll look around for other organizations. I used to always take the kids to the animal shelter to visit when they were youngerSo I'm familiar with the human society. It seems the kittens are ALWAYS accounted for e.g., SOLD when I go. Wonder what the "trick" is??

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Date: 10/30/13 10:37 PM

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Keep in mind a cat is a long term commitment.

Totally agree! That's why we haven't had any pets. We were gone easily 12 hours a day most days. I knew they wanted a cat or a dog but I explained how unfair that would be to a poor animal to have to spend practically all it's time alone!

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Date: 10/30/13 10:38 PM

I've had cats all my life and think they are great companions. Do think carefully about what you are getting into, though. Feeding a cat isn't terribly expensive because they are small, but they do need medical care from time to time which can add up. My cats stay inside all the time. They stay healthier that way and aren't in danger from cars. But that does mean that the need scratching posts - and what you think a cat should claw might not be the same as what the cat thinks. If you aren't ready to commit to caring for an animal for the next 10 years or even longer, hesitate before getting one, okay? My oldest cat is almost 18.

This is not the best time of year to find kittens. You are more likely to find them in the spring. I don't know old your children are. If you are getting a kitten, your kids need to understand that it's a baby and needs to sleep a lot. (Adult cats do to, but it is easier for a grown cat to let you know when he's had enough.) Would you consider an adult cat? Check with local shelters.

You know what you might want to do is see if there are any cat shows in your area. Usually, shows will have a lot of different breeds. Most breeders are happy to talk to people about the characteristics of their breed. HTH

ETA - Most cats do quite well on their own because unlike dogs (and people) they really aren't pack animals.
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Date: 10/30/13 10:56 PM

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I've had cats all my life and think they are great companions. Do think carefully about what you are getting into, though. Feeding a cat isn't terribly expensive because they are small, but they do need medical care from time to time which can add up. My cats stay inside all the time. They stay healthier that way and aren't in danger from cars. But that does mean that the need scratching posts - and what you think a cat should claw might not be the same as what the cat thinks. If you aren't ready to commit to caring for an animal for the next 10 years or even longer, hesitate before getting one, okay? My oldest cat is almost 18.



This is not the best time of year to find kittens. You are more likely to find them in the spring. I don't know old your children are. If you are getting a kitten, your kids need to understand that it's a baby and needs to sleep a lot. (Adult cats do to, but it is easier for a grown cat to let you know when he's had enough.) Would you consider an adult cat? Check with local shelters.



You know what you might want to do is see if there are any cat shows in your area. Usually, shows will have a lot of different breeds. Most breeders are happy to talk to people about the characteristics of their breed. HTH



ETA - Most cats do quite well on their own because unlike dogs (and people) they really aren't pack animals.
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Thanks AK!

My kids are 13 and 15. They would prefer a dog, but that's just not going to happen. Daughter (15) is equally set on a cat, son (13) is okay with getting a cat.

I don't know how an adult cat would work out for us never really having had pets before. What if it 'does't like us'?

We can wait tip spring...there's no hurryJust something I've been thinking about the past 3 or 4 months. Hubby thinks I'm just having a phase.

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Date: 10/30/13 11:03 PM

Locally the trick to get a kitten is to like the local shelter and rescues Facebook pages. They often announce there when new kittens are available.

Someone else said not to get a kitten from a Pat Store. I would check where the stores get their kittens. 3 local pet stores get their kittens from 3 different rescue organizations. In all three cases the stores do not make money on the sale of the kitten, the price helps to offset the neuter and shots.

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Date: 10/30/13 11:17 PM

Congratulations! Having a. Cat is an ABSURDLY rewarding life decision. <3

I'm personally a big proponent of getting and adult cat, but kittens are an exciting and fun experience. Particularly not having pets before, it's always enjoyable to experience tiny baby cats! They're so fun and mischievous and full of energy.

But I would say keep your mind open when you start to look at shelters and rescues. Maybe a cat with a couple months or a year or two will have the perfect temperament for your family. ^_^

Fwiw, pet smart and pet Co both offer space in their store to local rescue organizations to host cats for exposure. They used to sell cats, but after the huge puppy mill/kitty mill bad exposure some years ago, they switched to this model instead.

((If you're at all interested, read about cat nutrition. After being raised for 25 years feeding cats dry food, a week into researching it and a month after feeding mine wet because of a surgery and I am a total convert to wet food :3 ))

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