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Looking for 1st kitten

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by KristyPete, Aug 31, 2013.


  1. KristyPete

    KristyPete PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, I am a new member of this forum.
    My husband, 2 children and I are searching for our 1st kitten. We would love a playful ginger cat but don't know the best way to go about finding him or her. We have looked at 2 cat protection places and the RSPCA and I have looked at ads online but as we have no experience of all this I am a bit hesitant as I want to do the right thing!
    If we bought privately does anyone know cost of injections, neutering, microchipping etc?
     
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    injections are around £50
    microchipping around £15
    neutering around £50 for a boy £65 for a girl

    Don't be fooled by 1/2 Bengal or 1/2 this or that. Moggy kittens come with no health tests. If kittens eyes are blue walk away (in a ginger) as it means they are about 6 weeks or less and that's a very bad age for them to be away from mum. Try to take a kitten that is 10 weeks or more. Pay not more than £50 - 60 from a private buyer for a bog standard moggy.

    75% of ginger cats are males 25% female
     
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    How old are your children OP? Many rescues wont home where children are under 5 years of age.
    As regards price....well you would find it hard to get even a standard Moggie in London for £50 but price does depend a lot on location.
    Visit the home where the cat is...try NOT to let your heart rule your head at this stage :(....make sure that you get to see Mumcat and any other pets.
    A 'backyard breeder' may have several litters of kittens, often with no mum around.
    It would be a good idea to try and buy from a home where there are other children of a similar age to your own....kittie will then hopefully be at home with young humans and associated noises etc :p
    Where abouts in uk are you??
     
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    Gingers are great, obviously I am biased because I have a gorgeous ginger boy. It would appear going by the above info that Beanie was too young when I got him as he still had blue eyes, I was told he was 9 weeks. Most moggies are sold at 8 - 9 weeks, I have always had kittens at this age and all have been fine. Even Cats Protection let them go at this age. Good luck in your search, it's a very exciting time getting a kitten. Would you consider 2? Double the fun and company for each other.
     
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    there are some lovely ginger and white 2wk old kitts on here- caniocatresue i think:)
     
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    Caninoanimal rescue.
    Cats Galore on here also has some stunning kittens looking for homes.
     
  7. KristyPete

    KristyPete PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, we are in Cheshire. Cat protection didn't ask how old our children were: they are 5 & almost 3. I have read so much it is info overload I think!!! Seems to be a lot about breeds but we are wanting a loving pet and not a show cat so have no problem with getting a moggy.
    people often.mention.about not getting one that was taken.away from mum too eatly but at rescue places they are often abandoned when young. So now I'm confused!!!
     
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    The difference is in rescues most of the time kittens are socialised if mum is not around, so they get lots of cuddles and playtime.
     
  9. moggiemum

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    yes i couldnt remember but it is cats galore who has a litter of beautiful kittens thanks cc, i ve bumped thread too:)
     
  10. Wiz201

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    I found Cats protection the most flexible rescue organisation. They would let me have a kitten even though I work full time, so they might be ok with your kids. I wouldn't immediately discount older cats if they are kid friendly though.
     
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