Introducing the newest members of the family - Milo and Daisy
March 14, 2017 4:43am CST
On Sunday we made a four hour round trip to Norfolk to meet the breeder from whom we'll be buying our new kittens. I have a colleague who recently bought a fancy kitten and wasn't allowed to visit until he was 8 weeks old and then wasn't actually allowed to touch little George. Her breeder also insisted the little fella had to be neutered at 13 or 14 weeks before she could take him away. I was a bit nervous that we might come up against similar issues. No fear of that. Our breeder sent her daughter up to the bedroom to bring down the four kittens. Mummy cat was strolling around their farm acting like a 'proper cat' - no cages or crates, she was a real family pet. The kittens came down in a basket, mewing for their mum who soon came in to supervise. From the very beginning it was clear that the little boy was to be ours. Mum, Juno, had only 4 kittens and they knew we wanted a blue boy. Fate smiled on us and the breeder and the only blue kitten turned out to be the only boy. The task for Sunday was to choose his sister. There was a 'chocolate' (it's a cream colour with darker brown markings on the face and tail) or a 'brown' (yeah, take a guess!). I really couldn't choose between the two. Mummy Juno is a brown and is the glossiest little cat I think I've ever seen but on the other hand, the little chocolate was really cute at 4 weeks but I knew I wouldn't like the markings when she grew up. I did the cowardly thing and made my husband choose. He opted for the brown girl because she seemed the most feisty of the three girl kittens. Little blue boy was attempting to beat her up and she was giving as good as she got. A like a cat with some 'oomph' not just a living sofa cushion. And so Milo and Daisy were confirmed and deposits were paid. They will be available for collection in 2 months time and until then, the breeder and her daughter post photos for me on Facebook. The kittens will come home and stay indoors for the first two months, then go for neutering, and after that they'll be able to go out and play.
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• Fairfield, Texas
14 Mar 17
Your colleague should have told that breeder that spaying and neutering an animal at 13 or 14 weeks is absolutely wrong @boiboing . That would be similar to having a child given a hysterectomy at age 11. Where you are getting Milo and Daisy is much better and how you are going to handle things is correct.
• United States
14 Mar 17
They're so cute! I can't wait to hear of their adventures! I no longer let my cats go outdoors. Any of my cats that ever went outdoors lived shorter lives. One was poisoned or got into poison.. others just managed to die at a young age. I've yet to personally own a cat that has lived past 10. The 4 I have now have never been outside. The oldest are brother and sister, they're 6 now.