We are moving on June first. I want to get my daughter a kitten

United States
May 17, 2007 9:31am CST
when we get settled. would you go to the Humane Society, a pet store ,or just find a free kitten sign along the road to get yours? I'l leaning towards the Humane Society. What are thoughts?
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• United States
17 May 07
I know that some people have issues against places such as the humane society and other such places. Our one cat is from there. Our other cat came from family friend. The great thing about getting a kitten from a humane society is that, yes you will pay more to get one there...but they come with all of their shots and are "fixed". That right there makes it even more worth it. We moved and it's quite pricey to get our cat spayed. I'm not working so it's hard right now. I will get her fixed and soon, but it sucks. She is an indoor cat so I have much less to worry about. I think humane societies are a great place to get kittens...or animals in general. =) Good luck!!
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• United States
17 May 07
How young to they spay kittens? I was hoping for a baby. They are so cute during that stage. Ours will be an indoor only cat too. I will still have her fixed though so we dont have to deal with her going into heat.
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• United States
18 May 07
When got our little guy (who is now a bit over a year old and weighing in at about 13-14lbs) he was about 10-weeks old. He also had his adoption number tattooed into his leg and he is microchipped as well. He also has a tattoo in his ear. And he was already neutered. Some vets won't "fix" them until about 6months of age. But they can be safely "fixed" at a young age. Most humane societies do that so the animals cannot reproduce and cause more unwanted animals. =)
@alilswt (388)
• United States
17 May 07
there are a lot of rules that those places go by like some require you to get 2 kittens not just 1 and be sure some one is home often to be with the kitten and they question the age of children in your home so be aware of that i personally ended up searching the net and found a really nice lady with a cat that was getting ready to have kittens in my area and i got one from her and share pics of my kitty with her so she knows how he is doing (i happen to be a stay at home mom my kids are 4 and 6 and we spoil our kitty rotten, just thought i'd share that) we did look into a place like that and they acted as if we were not good enough and then the foster person for the kitten we wanted refused to wait for paper work because a party she was going to we got so upset my daughter and i started crying in the store my daughter still mentions that lady that would rather go to a party than give a kitten a good home the lady that was there when she left with the kitten felt so bad for us offering other kittens and cats to us i say if you go to a place like that you might not want to bring your child
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• United States
18 May 07
My husband and I are going to go get alone. It is going to be a surprise.
@tater03 (1765)
• United States
17 May 07
I would say the Humane Society. That is where we got our kitten and she has been a great kitten all around. That being said there are so many people that are giving away kittens that that could also be an option for you to look into. I see people giving free kittens away here all the time.
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• United States
17 May 07
I think if we see a sgn for free kitten we will stop and check them out. Probably these same kitten will end up at the Humane Society if no one adpots them anyways.
@KissThis (3006)
• United States
22 May 07
I have always gone to the Humane Society to get my childrens pets. I don't trust pet stores or breeders because of all the shows that I have seen about how they abuse the animals. Where I live very few people give pets away but I am not sure if I would trust that. They could give you a kitten that is sick. I wouldn't want to put my child through that. Atleast, if you get a kitten from the Humane Society your not only helping the kitten find a good home but you are also making sure that the kitten is healthy.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
21 May 07
I would say either the local animal shelter or humane society. That way, the adoption fee with cover spaying/neutering. Also you are giving a home to a kitten that will be put to sleep if a home isn't found. (in the case of the animal shelter)We got our cat from the local animal shelter 12 years ago and he has been a most wonderful pet!
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 May 07
I would get a rescue kitten rather than a purebred kitten (of couse I have 6 cats looking for homes, I might feel this way.) I would talk to a rescue group, a lot of kittens get sick at the Humane Society/pound where kittens raised in a home envornment are better socialized & healthier. They will also come with their shots & most will also be fixed. Our group also includes microchipping as part of the fee structure.
@Kalikala (433)
• United States
18 May 07
Definitly the humane society! I used to volunteer for an animal shelter, and this time of year, they are flooded with tons and tons of kittens! Most shelters include the price of getting the cat spayed or neutered in the adoption fee, as well as the first set of shots. Quite the bargain, really!
• United States
17 May 07
I commend you on your thoughts of getting an unloved kitty. I would go for the humane society. If you get one that is 6 months or older, you will beable to see it's personality better. Have you had cats as pets? If not, I suggest that you read up a lot on care and needs. They are very different than dogs. And please do not declaw it. It is very mean and painful. Good luck on your move and your new member afterwards.
• United States
17 May 07
I pesonaly would go to the Humaine Society. The animals there need a home and are healthy!! My brother once got a "free" cat from down the road. It ended up having a disease, fleas, worms, lukemia and we had to put all 4 of our cats down!!! Not worth it! Good Luck!!
@lucgeta (925)
• France
17 May 07
Some neighbor that is giving away would be the best option. At least you could check that before going into buying one. And you can get them very small so it will like family. The Humane Society is always preferable to a pet store because of the treatment and it is a good cause too.
• Philippines
17 May 07
Well its better if you'll get a pet from a store than the other pets singing along the road coz you know, pets in the pet shop are more trained and clean. Have a nice day ahead from Francis.
• United States
17 May 07
I think it is best and most teaching to get it from the humane society it will be disease free and properly cared for. I also think you are showing your daughter respect for animals. I dont like pet stores or breeding farms. I think that is the best you can do. And it supports a worthy cause.