1. Kittens should NEVER be given away "free". A small charge should always be
asked. If someone is reluctant to pay a small fee, chances are they may also be too cheap
to pay for proper veterinary care for vaccines, deworming, neutering/spaying or good food.
Sometimes people who answer "free" kitten ads are wanting them for snake food or
laboratories and will be discouraged if a small fee is required as an adoption fee. You
may be saving your kittens life !
2. Kittens should remain with their mother for a full EIGHT weeks, if at all possible,
to give them the best chance for a healthy life. Kittens obtain valuable life-long
immunity against certain diseases through their mother's milk. Mother cats also teach
their kittens how to groom properly and train them to use a litter box. Sometimes kittens
taken away from their mother before eight weeks don't properly learn to groom or use the
3. At EIGHT weeks, take the kittens to a veterinarian for an examination, first
vaccinations and deworming. Booster shots should follow within a month. It is IMPORTANT
that your kittens receive these shots so they will build immunity to a number of feline
diseases. After their vet visit, the kittens can be put up for adoption. Charge the
prospective adopter for the kittens shots and deworming. Your vet fees will then be
recovered and you will not be out of pocket.
4. DO NOT ADOPT TO JUST ANYONE WHO CALLS ! Ask questions of any prospective adopter to
make sure the kitten will be properly cared for. Some sample questions to ask a
a) have they had cats/dogs before and what happened to them ?
b) was their previous animal neutered/spayed and did it have regular vet care
c) what is the name of their veterinarian ?
d) do they plan to spay or neuter the kitten when it is 6 months old?
e) do they live on a busy street; is their yard fenced to prevent dogs coming in
f) is someone home a lot or will the kitten be alone all the time ?
g) can they devote time to grooming the kitten every few days ?
h) will they declaw the kitten ? (this should NEVER be done !) - suggestions for re-
training a kitten/cat for inappropriate scratching of furniture found on
our web-site web site under