If you're an avid animal lover, not many things in life can be more rewarding than adopting a pet -- or even a couple of them at once. When you're looking to bring some sweet young kittens into your home, thankfully, a lot of suitable adoption options are available.
Items you will need
- Adoption application form and fee (in some cases)
Visit your local animal shelter. The Humane Society of the United States recommends adopting kittens this way. After all, millions of the animals that are available in shelters never end up getting placed -- not good. Whether you're looking for a tiny young domestic shorthair kitten or a wiser and older Russian blue, the shelter runs the gamut in terms of available animals -- including purebreds.
Check out a nearby rescue. If you didn't make a connection with any of the pets at the animal shelter, look into rescue groups in your area. Many rescue groups cater to specific types of pets, so in your case, seek one that specializes in kittens and adult cats. Rescue groups often have on-site adoption centers, but you may be able to look at kittens that are residing temporarily in foster homes. Tell the rescue organization exactly what you're looking for in a pet -- from the approximate age (say 12 weeks or so) to preferred fur color and temperament.
Surf the Internet for pet listings. Look everywhere from websites that specialize in classified listings for animals to adoption-specific sites. Search through listings that are close to your hometown. You may also be able to search using age and breed preferences, as well. If you find a kitten -- or two -- that piques your interest, contact the individual handling the adoption to arrange in order to meet the fluff ball.
Ask the right questions. Before you commit yourself to applying an adorable little feline, ask about any possible veterinary records that may be available to you, from proof of FVRCP vaccine to deworming -- many kittens have roundworms, for instance, especially if they were born outdoors. Also inquire about the medical history of the kittens, especially if any information about the mother or father cat is available. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to provide a cozy new home for your new addition or additions.
Prepare yourself for the adoption procedure. If you find the right kitten or kittens, you will likely have to formerly apply for adoption. In many cases, you may have to pay an adoption fee, as well. Adoption applications are often very detailed in order to make sure that animals are placed into loving and safe home environments, so be ready to provide information ranging from the phone number of your employment to the health of any other household pets you may have.
- If you spot a litter of wee young kittens outdoors, consider it as a path to adoption. If a cat is born outdoors, it very quickly can become "feral," or essentially, undomesticated. However, if you adopt early enough -- think 8 weeks or less -- and begin socialization, you may be able to enjoy an enriching and loving kitty experience.
- With outdoor kittens, be safe and make sure you always get the cuties to the veterinarian immediately for any necessary vaccination and deworming procedures.
- Before adopting any animals, make sure that you are capable emotionally and financially to make such a massive commitment. Cats sometimes live longer than 20 years -- and wonderfully so -- so make sure that you are excited and prepared to make such a big leap. Also make sure that you have permission to bring a cat into your home, whether it's with your apartment building landlord or with any other members of your household.
- Maryland SPCA: How to Adopt
- The Humane Society of the United States: Adopting from an Animal Shelter or Rescue Group
- ASPCA: Adoption
- The Humane Society of the United States: Adopt a Shelter Pet
- American Humane Association: Adoption & Pet Care
- American Humane Association: Why Adopting is More Humane Than Buying
- Alley Cat Allies: Socialized Cat Guide
- ASPCA: Vaccinations
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