Taking in stray kittens

August 26, 2012 4:37pm CST
I am what you would call a "cat person". I have owned cats since I was young but as I sit here and watch my new kitten, Ive realized something. Out of the 9 cats Ive had since I was about 10, only two have come from the pet store. I wonder what causes that pattern. For some I know it's financial but I wonder how many are out there that do it for the wild side. Have you ever noticed that pet store kittens are way calmer than new wild kittens? I just recently took in my kitten, we found her outside our apartment, and we've had her for about a month. She was maybe 4 wks old when we found her and she is such a beautiful and sweet cat but, she has that unique wild side to where she sneeks up on you, stands up to play, or just runs around goin crazy! In light, I was just wondering how many others prefer the wild side of a cat and enjoy the craziness?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
26 Aug 12
I have a LOT of cats - check my link in my profile, tho we've sense lost some. However, ALL of my cats are rescues, now, some are more rescued than others, but the chances that they would've needed more rescuing if I hadn't gotten them when I did. The two in my avatar are on both ends of that scale. The big one I took in, with the rest of his family, when he and his siblings were about 5 weeks, I also got his mother. The little one was a week old when he was discovered and we had to bottle feed him.
26 Aug 12
all of my cats were rescue except those two... the last one I found under a makeshift storage unit and she barely a week old.. It was definately a new experience for me taking care of her but seeing her at 8wks old and then grown was priceless. I would definately do it again..
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
26 Aug 12
Yeah, Oliver, the baby, was found in 05 (so obviously the picture is from 05) but a couple of years later we had 4 more, they all found homes.
26 Aug 12
That's wonderful.
• United States
26 Aug 12
Yes, I saw how pet store kittens are calmer and even friendlier. It takes a little bit of work to tempt the stray kittens. I actually always had them. Never bought a single one from the store because my parents thought it was a waste of money. But it is okay. It can be a fun experience to make stray kittens calmer. They remain feral for a while, but then once fed and played with properly, they give in. But I did notice that mature stray cats are more detached and anti social. They still can be taken home, but must be always guarded. Otherwise, they run away.
27 Aug 12
My male cat, that recently passed, was bought at a pet store and he was like that. He didn't mind his family but to anyone else he was very anti social and every chance he got he was sneaking outside or trying to run out the door.
• United States
26 Aug 12
I had cats i found in the street for years. I had lots of them and gave some away. I never got a cat from a store before. I find offering a home to a homeless cat to be better for some. I can't have a cat now or I would find one off the curb and bring it home.
26 Aug 12
yeah, it definately is an amazing feeling to help out an innocent animal. Whether it be taking them in or helping to find a home for them.
@eagletrek2 (5271)
• Kingston, New York
29 Aug 12
Hi I alway been around cats some time I notice they get more wild on a full moon but I do like there wild side it fun to watch ok have a good day.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
27 Aug 12
I admire your kindness in taking in these cats. Growing up we always got our cats from the humane society and only one of them came as a kitten from a family friend. Cats all have their own little personality and I love them all-- wild or calm.
@deazil (4546)
• United States
26 Aug 12
I have never bought a cat in a store. All but one were rescues. Since I was a little kid I've had about 40-50 cats. Maybe more. How many cats can you rescue in 56 years? My mother would let us bring them home. She did the same. But back in the 50's there were fewer stray cats around. The only one I bought was from a breeder, not a store. I have worked mostly with ferals, trying to get them to a point where they can be adopted. I only know one cat owned by friends that was bought at a pet store. As it grew it became very vicious. Not to them, just everybody else. As long as you left it alone it wouldn't bother you. I believe it was like that because the husband used to play rough with it, as if it was a dog. When you do that to a cat it feels it has to fight back, I guess. Buying cats from pet stores (or a dog, for that matter) supports the kitten mills that churn out kittens for profit. I prefer rescues. The ones I've taken in do have a feisty side to them. Although the one I bought was a strange kind of guy. He was very antisocial, but loved us very much. He was extremely possessive of me and would hiss and growl at anyone who came to visit. Glad to hear you're rescuing cats. They need all the help they can get.