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thinking about getting a Cat again or Kitten, where do i start

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banned7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
i have a 2 year old daughter and we had a cat which we gave back to his ex as it was hers originally and now i miss the cat and want to get another one.

Do i get one from the cat and dog home and what comes as standard ie injection ect and it being slightly older cat

or do i get a kitten and start from scratch and train it my self and get it used to my daughter and family
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banned7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Kittens can be very feisty! Might scratch your daughter if she is anything like my 2 year old. In my experience older cats are far more friendlier and patient with kids. Also if you are away from the house a lot older cats cope better on their own. You can get kittens from animal shelters though, especially the less well known ones (not RSPCA).
#2
Kitten can be very manic, when mine was young I had scratches all over me. might be something to think about with a toddler. Plus cats always need homes, the kittens don't have a problem.


edit: lol... snap ^^^^
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If you get a kiiten from a home, Im pretty sure they'll also do the injections for free when needed.
#4
only problem with older cats is that they can be nervous around children. was your wee girl good with the cat?
#5
i would go with a younger rescue ..not a teeny kitten..maybe one about 5/6 months...they should be neutered by the cat home and vaccnated...as standard...tiny kittens are great,but not really with a 2 yr old...although i had mine when my kids were young...kitten claws..jaggy owwwwch...but you have to deal with litter training and them climbing up your walls/curtains....at least a slightly older kitten has a bit more manners...lol..and they will love you forever for gettng them out of the rescue centre!!what more can you ask..x good luck and post pix
go for an older kitten and when your daughter is a few years older and the cat all settled get a kitten...2 are easier than one
#6
ChipSticks
Kitten can be very manic, when mine was young I had scratches all over me. might be something to think about with a toddler. Plus cats always need homes, the kittens don't have a problem.


edit: lol... snap ^^^^


great minds ...
banned#7
when we had scamper he was about 8 or 9 and he was here before hannah was born and has always been around my daughter until october last year when hes ex asked for him back, He wasnt to bad until she started screaming

she was good when she helped fill his crunchies in the bowl and only thing she did was pull his tail.
my little sisiter has a 2 yr old cat at mums and my little girl wants to pull his tail and try and cuddle him but she is scared of her and the noise
#8
brangelina
only problem with older cats is that they can be nervous around children. was your wee girl good with the cat?


Yes, but I think any cat can be nervous to be fair.

Maybe look for one about 1 or 2 years old, still young enough to get used to a new home, but calmed down a bit.
#9
logyon
when we had scamper he was about 8 or 9 and he was here before hannah was born and has always been around my daughter until october last year when hes ex asked for him back, He wasnt to bad until she started screaming

she was good when she helped fill his crunchies in the bowl and only thing she did was pull his tail.
my little sisiter has a 2 yr old cat at mums and my little girl wants to pull his tail and try and cuddle him but she is scared of her and the noise


My late cat knew my son from birth and never ever raised a claw to him (and he was provoked to the extreme) I wonder whether it was because he knew he was part of the family or whether he was just a very good natured cat?
banned#10
i love all pussy














kittens are better:whistling:
#11
I have 3 cats, the oldest is from a ferile mother but we've had her from a kitten, and the other 2 are pedigrees and were much older when we got them, all have been great with the kids and the oldest is the most 'touchy' but has NEVER gone for the children when they were younger. The only thing she didnt like was the 3rd cat, but she's fine now and she's about 7 and after 2 years around the youngest cat she has finally got used to her and stopped hissing.

I wouldnt worry about it too much, there are some gorgeous cats in the cat rescue homes, but also lots of kittens that are in need of loving homes
#12
well first things first there are things to consider.

Do you want a pedigree and its price tag. If so a good breeder will not let the kitten go until it is at least 12 weeks, litter trained, vaccinated and up to date on all its flea and worming treatments. Some breeders even neuter their pet kitties before they go to new homes. Be aware though that for a pedigree it will cost you! The upside to this is that you will know the cats history, meets its family, and if you choose a good breeder the kitten will be fully socialised including around children and other pets. You should also get a lifetime of support and advice from the breeder should you need it.

Do you want a rescue kitten: Again if from a good rescue they should be fully vaccinated before being rehomed and be wormed and flea treated. The downside to this is not knowing the kittens history and it will likely not have been socialised fully with children while in the centre.

Do you want an adult cat - whether that be a 12mo youngster or a golden oldie. Either way you will not know its history and it may already have habits developed that you might not approve of. It may also not like children due to past misadventures.

There is another alternative. If you would like a pedigree, many breeders retire they adult cats, who have been well socialised, looked after (and may even be titled champions), and they history is of course fully known. These adults are nearly always neutered along with all the usual vaccinations and paperwork. They cost much less than a pedigree kitten and is probably as affordable as the standard adoption fees at a good rescue centre. The cat being retired isnt likely to be very old (about 4yrs for a female who was a breeding queen), but may could also be kittens that have been kept for showing, but who upon reaching adulthood just didnt quite make the grade! So you could potentially get a pedigree kitten of 8mo for a fraction of the cost!

Another thing to consider when getting a cat is with children around use some nail clippers and just take the ultra sharp points off each claw. I dont mean declawing (which i think is barbaric), but like we cut out fingernails, just give their toenails a trim. A cat will scratch no matter how well behaved, because a 2yr old will cause mischief (no matter how well behaved!). I have a toddler and a 4yr old daughter. I keep 3 cats and am importing another soon My children have grown up around cats and to be respectful of them, however if my son trips over and lands next to the cat (something to be wary of with very young fragile kittens) i cant blame them if they lash out in fear! The blunted claw does alot less damage!

anyway i'm going to stop waffling now.

hope it helped
#13
Just reserved two kittens from our local RSPCA. Not sure why someone earlier said the RSPCA won't help you with kittens. Getting a cat from the RSPCA usually means you'll already know how it is with young children, other animals, etc. Also, they ID chip them, give them a blood test and neuter them- all for a very low cost.

I highly recommend visiting your local RSPCA. Don't go to a breeder, it's unethical when there are so many poor cats out there that need a home already!

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