Sep
3
2011

Getting a cat or kitten?

My parents said I could have a kitten but my mom won’t let me get it from a shelter because she thinks that it will be aggressive. I keep trying to explain but..ugh. My dad thinks we should get a kitten from the people who sell them in parking lots. Is that safe?
Also my dad thinks we should get the kitten before we should get the supplies… How do I convince them to let me get one from the shelter? I rather get an older cat too but I doubt my mom will let me. But seriously I’m really worried about this. Help please?

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    6 Responses to “Getting a cat or kitten?”

    1. ? (: Says:

      Goodness, no. Never buy a kitten from a backyard breeder – they just breed cats over and over, regardless of their health, and they do it all for profit. That’s not something you want to support.

      Shelter cats have their shots, they’ve been fixed or it’s included in the adoption fee if they’re still too young, and they’re not aggressive. Go to a shelter, spend some time with the cats, you’ll see how they are.
      If they don’t want a shelter cat, they’re practically telling you to buy an expensive purebred kitten.

      And you should also explain to them that bringing home a cat without the proper supplies, such as a litter box, food, and bowls for water and food, will result in a VERY stressed and confused kitty.
      His new home should already have stainless steel bowls for food and water (plastic causes chin acne and both glass and china can chip and get bacteria stuck in it) a litter box with litter, a litter scooper, and scratching posts so he doesn’t scratch the furniture.
      And you need to pick him up in a carrier with a collar ready, anyway. You can’t just carry him home.

      I don’t want to sound rude, I know it’s hard to wait, but maybe you should wait until you’re in a situation where you could pay for everything and it would be entirely *your* choice which kitty you get and when to get the supplies?

    2. Blair Evans Says:

      Get a kitten from a shelter that is the best place to get them from 🙂

    3. Chelsea FC Says:

      Wow, No it would definitely not be better to get a kitten from someone in a parking lot.

      You can try to explain that shelter cats have been fixed, have shots, and have been checked by a vet. This saves them a ton of money and lets you know it’s a reasonably healthy cat. They encourage you to spend time with them so you can tell if they’re aggressive.
      When you get a kitten from some stranger they haven’t been to the vet, you’ll have to pay for all shots and for it to be fixed. And you have no idea if it’s healthy or has some awful disease.

      And getting an older cat means they don’t have to deal with the obnoxious kitten months (cute, but obnoxious)

      If they’re really set on not getting a shelter cat tell them you want some expensive pure blooded kitten, this might change their minds.

    4. Bella Hunt Says:

      Well, you can first of all say that the cats in the shelter could be put down if you don’t adopt them! Cats from the shelter are almost definitely not aggressive. Go visit them, and see just how sweet and adorable they are! If you want an older cat, you can tell your parents that you can spare the trouble of training the new baby kitten!!! Older cats don’t chew on things, and they know to go in a litter box or outside. Older cats are also very sweet and affectionate. It is safe to get cats from people who sell them from the parking lots, but you’ll be saving a life if you get it from the shelter!

    5. Dr. Cat Says:

      I actually work at the humane society shelter. Every single cat there is eager for human love and aren’t at all aggressive. Kittens are adorable if you like their hyper antics and adults are good too if you want a more mellow cat that still will play.

      –:3

    6. Mom to 3 under 8 Says:

      Definitely go with the shelter. You know that the cats have been vet-checked and are often already spayed/neutered. If you decide to adopt an adult cat, the workers should be able to help match a cat with the right personality for you. Kittens are very cute, but they can be quite mischievous, so adults are often easier.

      I personally adopted an adult cat (about 2-3 years old) from a shelter when I was 21 and right out of college, living in my own apartment. She was sweet and wonderful and not aggressive at all (although she would sometimes pounce my feet/legs in play 😉 ). She was also easily trained to come when I whistled and to do all her scratching on a scratching post (not the furniture).

      Since then, I’ve adopted two kittens, and they were wonderful, too, but they were definitely more work in the beginning.

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