How to Choose the Right Kitten

Child holding baby cat. Tips to help you choose a kitten that's right for your home and situation

Tips to help you choose a kitten that’s right for your home or situation

Welcoming a new kitten is so exciting! It’s a big step, but it’s a rewarding time filled with lots of snuggles, learning their unique personality, and lots of playtime!

Making the decision to get a cat or kitten is a big step with a lot of responsibility. Even at a young age, cats have big personalities. It’s important to be prepared for the amount of time, care, and attention required, especially for a kitten.

When you are researching adoption opportunities, it’s important to consider the age, personality, and health of the cat. Considering that most cats live to be 15 years or older, you want to make sure you are making the right decision for both of you.

Consider the kitten’s age

Typically, kittens are weaned before 8 weeks of age; however, we recommend they stay with their mother and littermates until they are 12 weeks old. The extra four weeks gives the kitten time to develop socially and eliminate the potential for bad behaviors like suckling on objects and fingers.

As you are on your search, consider where you are visiting these kittens. We like to think every mother cat and kitten come from a loving, warm home, but some breeders don’t care enough for the health of either animal.

You should always ask the current owners about the weaning process of the kitten and any other questions you may have. Aside from shelters, owners should be able to answer these questions easily.

If the answers don’t add up, or your gut gives you an uneasy feeling, trust your instincts and report the property if necessary.

Check for Personality

As much as you would love a kitty with a particular coat, personality is everything!

When you are visiting, observe how the kitten and its littermates interact and engage. This gives you a glimpse into how you can expect the kitten to behave when you bring it home.

Generally speaking, kittens who are more active and playful are healthy kittens. They should have a lot of energy but tire out quickly, especially after feeding.

Look for a playful and confident kitten with a personality that suits you. More timid cats may be uncomfortable with a playful owner or small children.

Well-socialized kittens should respond to your presence in a comfortable way. They should not shy away, scratch, or hiss when you pick them up or try to play with them.

Check their health

To avoid any surprises, it’s best to have a vet check the kitten’s health before bringing them home. Skipping this task could result in unpleasant surprises or health expenses you cannot afford.

In most cases, the current owners will have some paperwork from a vet visit; however, we encourage you to have a vet of your choice confirm the examination.

The vet will check their skin, coat, ears, teeth, and general health for signs of infection. While curable ailments might not prevent you from adopting, it’s important to understand what you are getting into so you can plan for expenses and the care your kitten needs.

If you have more questions about what you should look for in a kitten, contact our office today. We’d be happy to speak with you!

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Donna Swingley
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This is the BEST VET I have ever taken a pet to!
I took my 12 week old puppy for a "vet check up" and they treated him like he was their own! Dr. Susan was very helpful and answered all of my questions and made sure I understood, she gave me suggestions on how to crate and potty train my new little friend too. I was very happy would refer this practice to anyone that asked. I am taking my puppy back in two weeks for sure!

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Brittany Haney
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My dog stayed for just over a week and I couldn’t be happier with the service I and my pup got. Immediately upon entering we were greeted and they knew exactly who we were, even though we had never been there. The check in process was smooth, and I felt very comfortable leaving my pup. When picking up I received a report card telling me how my pup did, she made herself right at home! The check out process was seamless and quick. Before evening checking me out they called back for my pup to be brought up so it was fast and easy. Would highly recommend, and we will surly be back!

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Teresa Phillips
posted 4 weeks ago

They were wonderful. The place is very clean. They are reasonably priced. They should let future customers know ahead of time more about the feeding situation. For example, the customer should know to bring in his or her own wet food, if that is the daily intake. Dry pet food is supplied. I would recommend.Tip to Tail. Correction, Tipp to Tail.

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Beth Hutton
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