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5 Things to Consider When Buying A Kitten

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Should I get a kitten?

Buying a kitten or any pet for that matter is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are a few things that you need to take into consideration when deciding if getting a pet is the right thing for you to do. Although a kitten is less time consuming than some other pets, you still have to be 100% sure before heading off to the rescue shelter or pet store.

1.   Allergies - Some people are allergic to cats and others may not be. If you haven’t really spent any time with cats then you may be allergic and just not aware yet. Allergies can be severe, some just being cold like symptoms of sneezing and sniffling, others can be a lot worse such as hives, rashes or swelling. So it is best to cross this off the list before you begin. If you are unsure, why not go and see your doctor, it is better to be safe than sorry.


2.   Lifestyle – Although cats don’t require walking they still require some of your time. Is your lifestyle suited to have a kitten apart of it? Do you have the time to change the litter, feed, care and spend quality time with your kitten? Kittens are fairly easy to entertain, a ball of string, a cat scratcher, some company and a few other toys but that does not mean they should be left alone for too long. A cat will equally be a part of your family if your lifestyle is suited.


3.   Home – Do you have lots of dogs, dangerous things around your home or massive piles of electrical cords? The cords are easy to clean up as you can almost guarantee at one stage or another your cat is going to find these great to play with; but the dogs or other things around the home that may be there might be an issue. Some cats/kittens get along fine with dogs, others may not. This is something that will sometimes work out in the end but you must consider this if you already have pets. If you do not already have pets does your landlord approve? Are you prepared if you are ever house hunting to be rejected by those who do not approve pets? Unfortunately all things that need to be considered when deciding to buy a kitten.


4.   Breed – Some breeds are easier to care for than others although as cats they basically do the grooming themselves. Long Haired Cats require brushing to avoid any knots, tangles or extra presents getting stuck in their hair, this might include something they laid on or something they were doing in the bathroom that got stuck on the way. Each type of cat is known for different personality traits, I would suggest that you do some research on the cats you are interested in; just to make sure you both are suited to each other.


5.   Children – Children generally love having a pet at home, but some don’t. If you have children I would suggest asking them how they feel about having a brand new kitten as part of your family. Some children simply love and adore kittens; others may not and will in turn not be very friendly towards them. If this is the case the kitten or cat will retaliate and it could end up messy. You also need to make sure your children are not allergic to cats either, just because you may not be allergic doesn’t mean that they aren’t.


A Cat is a lovely companion to have as part of your family. They are independent, quiet and willing to return love and respect that is given to them. They require minimal care and are a great companion, although these are still things that must be considered when deciding to buy a kitten or cat. If you do end up deciding to buy a kitten why not try your local rescue centres first.

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Apr 12, 2012 5:58am
Great tips! I agree with you that "Buying a kitten or any pet for that matter is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly". The kitten will become a member of the family, and the adults are responsible for the cat.
Apr 22, 2012 6:54pm
Yes they totally do. Molly is my bestfriend and am so happy we bought her into our family. I wanted another cat for so long, but i kept thinking about everything that came with it. It took me a good 12 months to finally come to the conclusion i was making the right decision.
Apr 12, 2012 2:47pm
Great article on things to consider before buying a kitten. We recently adopted a cat (a big cat) that had been living under our house. He's very friendly, but it's been quite an adjustment and it seems I have some cat allergies!
Apr 12, 2012 7:42pm
Aww Bummer, hopefully they are controllable so you don't have to rehome your new friend. I was lucky enough to not have allergies, but i was made consider everything including cat hair on the couch before buying a cat. Lol Thank you for stopping by.
Apr 22, 2012 6:17pm
I adore cats and dogs and most animals, as you say we have to be responsible however. I don't think my home with 4 kids and 3 dogs( all of which have been fine with cats) is a place to home yet another animal. I would also go bat crazy if I caught a cat using my leather sofa as a scratch post. That is in the cat's nature so why get a cat knowing you will be unhappy with its actions?!
I grew up with cats and I do miss not having one around. I love your typical common black short hair.
Great article that people need to listen to.
Apr 22, 2012 6:53pm
Thanks, and yes you are totally right about getting an animal you know you won't be happy with. Our kitten molly as seen in the above pictures, like to scratch my couch. We have a catch scratcher right beside it and she won't use it. She hasnt done any damage yet, but oneday she will. Hopefully the couch is ok, it survived babies, it can survive Molly to. /crosses fingers. Lol
Apr 22, 2012 6:23pm
I have a new kitten, but it is driving me crazy! she was sitting on my head at 2am hitting me and wanting to play..any ideas?
Apr 22, 2012 6:50pm
Naww she loves you. I am not an animal expert but i would suggest that you try some of these things. Make sure she has plenty of toys around to play with. Scatter them down your hallway or at the end of your bed if you need to. My kitten loves bouncy balls, she goes crazy about them, and ends up running into walls chasing them. Throw a few down the hall and see what she does. They usually cost about 20 cents and i have about 5, totally worth it. Try hanging a few things around, like toy beaded necklaces and stuff like that, simple things can keep them amused, and she will hopefully will wear her out, and not be so keen at 2am to play. You could try shutting your door when you go to bed and don't let her in. When we first got out kitten she wasnt allowed in our room. She did meow for a little bit, but then found herself a spot to sleep. She did that over a couple of nights and now has her favourite spots. We can now leave the door open, she will come in for snuggles at the end of the bed but then goes back to her spot. Hopefully something along the lines of these may help you.
Apr 22, 2012 7:01pm
Thanks. I have bought her some toys and she gets down and crazy with them. The bead idea is a good one and I think you are right, wearing her out is the trick.
Apr 23, 2012 3:26pm
I have the added benefit of children leaving their toys all over the place, hence why i know my kitten loves beaded necklaces and bouncy balls. Lol. Best of luck wearing her out, and hopefully she just wants snuggles rather than playtime at 2am.
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