wikiHow to Adopt a Kitten

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Kittens are very cute and fluffy. Many people love cats, and some are allergic to them (mainly the cat dander). Here is how to adopt your whiskered friend from a neighbor or shelter. Do not adopt from pet stores, as most pet stores have unfavorable conditions and care for the animals badly. A cat from a pet store could be sick or have some other problem. Plus, there are so many homeless cats waiting to be adopted in shelters, and with limited time too. Many shelters have to euthanize their animals within a certain time period if they are not adopted. There is just not enough room for all of the homeless animals.


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    Ask yourself the following questions: "Do I want a cat?" "Am I or anyone in my home allergic to cats?" "Is a cat an okay pet for me?" and "Do I want a breed that isn't good with younger children?" "Do I have money to care for a cat?- consider food costs and possible vet bills. "Do I have time for a cat?" "Does the place where I am living allow cats?"-some apartments and places have rules or conditions for owning pets. "Are you willing to clean out the litter box at least once or twice a week?" "Are you a responsible person who is not too busy?"
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    Prepare your home for having a cat. Do some research on what your cat needs and what things might be hazards. Look up poisonous plants, and make sure that all soaps are out of reach, as soap is poisonous to felines. There should be no string or ribbon in reach of your cat. If your cat happens to eat a piece of string or ribbon, call a vet, as this can be unhealthy and cause problems.
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    Walk or drive to the place where you are getting your new cat.
    • The correct adoption age of a kitten is 12 weeks, which is long before most human babies can walk unassisted.
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    Once you arrive at the shelter, go to the place where they have the kittens and cats. It's a good idea to wash your hands before handling the kittens or cats in the shelter so that you don't spread disease to them. Be open-minded and find a cat that you feel will be a good fit for you and your family. Interact with the cats, picking them up, playing with them, and petting them. Each cat is different and has different personalities. If a cat is shy or sleepy at that moment it could just be that time of day or it may not be too used to humans. Don't try to force anything.
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    When you have chosen your kitten or cat, adopt it. Take it home, and set down the cat carrier that you should have gotten with the cat. Do not force the cat to come out. Instead, let it choose to come out and investigate on it's own. Give it space and time to adjust to this new environment. It is good to let it explore the house and figure out where it is.
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    Enjoy life with your new cat! Mark the calendar for the day you adopted him or her. You must have everything the kitten needs before you bring it home. Cat furniture, bed or blanket, food, grooming materials, toys etc.

Or if your neighbor has kittens or cats

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    Examine each kitten or cat.
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    Ask questions and figure out the cat's history. It is good to know this, for it will help you to understand the behavior of your cat at home.
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    Sometimes the former owner of the cat will have supplies that the cat is used to using, so ask if they have any supplies for you that they would like you and the cat to use. Often if you are adopting an adult cat, it will already be used to eating a certain type of food and may have a bed of it's own that it feels comfortable with. These things will help it to settle into your home and feel welcome.
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    Pick one and take it home.


  • Be sure you have all the feline necessities: Food, water, dishes for water and food, a collar, toys, grooming supplies, a bed or blanket, maybe a scratching post, and a litter box.
  • With some breeds, you can train them to walk on a harness and leash.
  • When your kitten turns 1, it is old enough to either: father kittens, or be the mother of kittens. Remember to spay and neuter all your cats about 2 months after the adoption. You don't need to have 4-6 other cats wandering around your house/apartment.


  • If you have too many cats, the United States Health Department might come down to where you live and require that you shorten your amount of cats. Don't have more than 10 cats.
  • Most apartment complexes have a limit of how many cats you can have in an apartment. Examine and acknowledge your complexes limits.

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