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Kittens For Adoption

Whether from a foster family or directly from the shelter, kittens for adoption can be an exciting developmental milestone for a new couple, or a great way to welcome a new kitten into your life. However, kittens for adoption should not be rushed into. Adopting an older cat gives you the advantage of being familiar with their behavior, but it also allows the new kitten to have a stable environment to help him/her acclimate to home. Kittens for adoption that come from abusive circumstances often need extra care and patience to transition into adulthood.

Please note that all kittens under the age of eight weeks old are not available for adoption. Please check with the nearest animal rescue shelter to be sure that any kittens for adoption are indeed safe and healthy. Also, if you are an adult cat, please remember that kittens younger than eight weeks are not good candidates for a home with adults. They must be properly cared for until at least 12 weeks old and up to twenty-four weeks old if you are adopting an older cat. Please note that no kittens younger than eight weeks old are permitted to be placed in the care of adults.

Anyone considering adopting kittens should first research local animal shelters and rescue groups. If an adult cat is not available at the rescue or shelter, then you should look for other sources of cat-friendly pets, including dogs, birds and rabbits. If all else fails, you should ask the manager of the pet store where you purchased your cat whether they can help you locate a foster-mother who would make a good candidate for an adoption.

Once you have established that the prospective foster mom and her kittens are healthy and suitable candidates for adoption, it is important to set up the necessary arrangements before bringing the new family member’s home. It is always best to begin by posting a friendly, but not overly wordy ad in the local newspaper, or, better yet, placing a classified ad offering foster homes for sale. Some rescue groups also have a Web site that lists open foster homes, so you should browse through it to be sure you are going to be getting a good match for your new family member.

Kittens that have not been weaned should not be given over to a single mother cat. The kittens should spend the first eight weeks of their lives in foster homes with their mother, and they should be separated from their siblings. Only a single mother cat will take care of any kittens under the age of one year. Once they have been weaned, your kittens will be better suited to entering a cat petting zoo, since a kitten that has not been weaned will not understand how to interact with other cats.

If at any time during this process your mother cat returns and does not take the kittens, contact your local SPCA humane society or visit their website to find out if they can help. Even if the mother does not return, your kittens should be separated from other kittens on at least three consecutive days, in order to give them time to become accustomed to a new family. At least two of the four-week-old kittens should stay with their mothers for several hours each day.

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