You are ready to take the plunge and adopt a little kitten that will accompany you for several years. This is not a trivial decision to be taken without thinking. Once this is certain, you will probably ask yourself several questions: where to find the right kitten? How can I be sure that it matches me? How to adopt it? Our responses.
Adopting a kitten is recommended when it is 3 months old. This corresponds to approximately 12 weeks. The time it takes to be weaned. Indeed, a kitten must take its independence from its mother who will teach it how to do it. This will prevent your kitten from becoming overly endearing.
Then, the question of the type of cat to adopt will be imposed on you: a purebred cat? A male or female kitten? A female is slightly more independent than a male who, if It’s castrated, is generally more affectionate, easygoing.
Where to adopt a cat?
A kitten can be adopted in several different places:
- Shelter. More economical than a cat adopted from a breeder.
- Individuals. Trust the person selling you their kitten. Make sure he/her has been well cared for, mothered by Its mother, and weaned.
- The breeders. If he/she respects the regulations in force, then you have no fear about the adoption of your kitten. The breeder is a specialist in the breed of the cat in question.
- Classifieds sites. You will no doubt find what you are looking for but beware of scams.
- The vet can help you get in touch with some vendors.
In any case, do not hesitate to give questions to the future ex-owner of the kitten. You can ask him/her precisely the age of the kitten, how Its siblings are doing, any health concerns observed. Also, ask to visit the places where the kitten lived in its first weeks. Check the cleanliness of the place.
How to adopt a cat?
Adopting a kitten can be free, but will cost you around $ 300 afterward including sterilization, vaccines, and identification. It can also have a significant cost depending on its race, its origin. A breeder will inevitably be more expensive than a kitten from a home.
Its health, Its vaccines
After 2 months, your kitten becomes vulnerable because it is no longer protected by its mother’s antibodies. Vaccination becomes dominant and indispensable. You will need to vaccinate It against several potentially fatal and incurable diseases once caught.
Vaccinate your kitten against Leucosis, Typhus, Coryza, and Rabies. One month later, you will have to perform a reminder of your primary vaccination. Then come and make reminders every year.
The essentials to buy
Before your kitten arrives at your home, you should have thought of all the necessary equipment for its good life. So, you will need to bring:
- A litter box
- A transport cage
- A brush
- A scratcher
Once adopted, you will need to take the right steps to ensure that your cat lives comfortably and thrives.
This will prevent you from placing food and water bowls next to Its litter box. Your kitten is an ace of cleanliness. It won’t like to eat next to Its droppings.
If you adopt a just weaned kitten, don’t give it milk. It doesn’t need it. Choose croquettes over pates. They will provide all the food energy your cat needs. As such, choose a kibble distributor where you can give It a daily ration of (50 grams per day).
You can also occasionally incorporate some human food, like chicken fillet, fish. On the other hand, starchy foods are to be avoided.
Be aware of your kitten’s food budget, destined to become an adult cat. An adult cat eats about 50 grams of kibble per day. The price per pound can vary from simple to triple, from 3 to 10 $. Your cat will consume about 40 pounds per year, so from 80 $ to more than 230 $.
Be careful not to have plants or plants harmful to your kitten nearby. About fifty species are poisonous and potentially fatal.
For Its education, always start calling It by a given name. Reward It with a hug as soon as It comes to you. If It defies a prohibition, say ” no “, do not hesitate to grab It by the neck or to give It a small tap with a finger.