How to choose a kitten

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When choosing a kitten, the most important thing to look for is good health. Buying a healthy kitten should ensure that you get many years of pleasure and companionship from your feline friend. Another important point to consider is whether you want a kitten as a family pet, or whether you are thinking of showing/breeding your kitten in the future, as this will play a large part in the selection process. It always helps if you can see the kitten's mother when going to view any kittens, particularly in the case of a pedigree, as this will show you exactly what the kittens will look like when they are fully grown.

It can, however, be quite difficult to decide what type of cat will suit you best, as there is such a wide variety of cute kittens to choose from. This is where a trip to the library or a thorough search on the Web will help you to come to the right decision. Long-haired or semi-long-haired varieties, such as a Persian or ragdoll kittens, will require more grooming than shorthaired varieties, like Siamese kittens and Bengal kittens. Some kittens can also be more demanding by nature than others, and it could be that a cross-breed may provide you with just the right balance.

Signs of a Healthy Kitten

Before going to view any kittens, it's best to make a list of all the places you are going to try first. It's a good idea to stick to reputable breeders where pedigree kittens are concerned, and pet shops are best avoided altogether as many of them will not be able to tell you anything about the kitten's background. Make notes at each place you visit, and don't be tempted to buy the first pretty kitten you see. Look for the following qualities:

  1. Bright, shiny eyes with no discharge or excessive tearing, as this could indicate infection.
  2. Clean healthy ears, as any pus or tar-like discharge could be a sign of ear-mite infestation or other infection.
  3. Pale pink gums and mouth with no sign of ulcers or sores.
  4. A damp and cool nose with no discharge or signs of sneezing.
  5. A clean bottom with no staining of the fur or other possible signs of diarrhea.
  6. A clean and glossy coat with no dry flaking skin or bare patches.
  7. A bright, friendly and alert manner. Healthy kittens are generally very playful and inquisitive. Although many kittens may be a little shy at first, a friendly kitten that comes up to you willingly may make a better pet.

It is worth pointing out that if any kitten in a litter does appear to have any signs of ill health, even if the rest of the litter appear to be quite healthy, then it would be wise to avoid that litter altogether unless they have been checked out by a vet first.

Required Vaccinations

Vaccinations are very important for a new kitten, as their immune system is still growing. Cat vaccinations help to boost the immune system and protect your kitten from potentially fatal diseases.

It's best to acquire a kitten when it is around 8 to 12 weeks old, by which time it should have already received at least one vaccination and checked for feline worms. A second vaccination will then be due at 12 weeks and thereafter at regular yearly intervals. Vaccinations are available to guard against a number of diseases, such as cat flu, feline enteritis and feline leukemia.

Adequate flea control will also be necessary and, once your kitten reaches six months of age, it will require neutering/spaying unless you wish to breed from it.

Helping Your Kitten Adjust to its New Home

When your kitten first arrives home, it is bound to feel a little nervous. You should place it in a quiet room in its carrier so that it can come out when it feels ready to do so. Provide fresh water, food, a few cat toys, a cat bed and a litter tray (placed well away from food and water). If you have any other pets in the house, you will need to keep them away from your kitten and take introductions slowly.

It may take as long as several weeks for your kitten to get used to you and its new home, but eventually it will begin to settle down and get to know you. Do not, however, let your kitten roam around outside until it is fully vaccinated and able to take care of itself. If you are going to be out at work all day, you may want to consider getting two cats at the same time so that they will be company for one another.

By Jane Grimshaw

Posted by Danny on June 24,2011 at 04:11 PM
Hi everyone I have 5 kittens that need good homes, I live in Culver City Ca.
Posted by Shelby Evans on June 23,2011 at 03:44 PM
I am sorry I forgot to include that I live in Guthrie OK ;)
Posted by Shelby Evans on June 23,2011 at 03:41 PM
I am also allergic to cats but I love them! I was watching animal planet on the tv one day and they did a short segment on bambino cats. They said that is you wash them regularly the dander will be limited,and that they don't have much fur. So I am looking for a male bambino cat or kitten for 500$ or less:)
Posted by Lisa on June 19,2011 at 01:27 AM
Hi, my name is Lisa i live in Rochester,Mn. and I have traumatic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and i'm looking for a Munkin Long Leg cat white if possible,. I have a limited income i can pay some but looking for a low cost kitty. I looking for it for a Companion Cat, My Psychetrist recommended it and i think that i would help me out tremendously!!!! If there are anyone out there that can help or has the ability to get me in touch with someone I would greatly appreciate it!!! please call me @ 507-993-8642 or email me @ it would truly be a blessing.. there are reasons this bread is suggested. Please I pray someone can help me!!! Thanks so much greatly appreciated-Lisa
Posted by Denise Hanley on June 18,2011 at 06:50 PM
Hi my name is Denise Hanley I live in Alturas Ca and I am looking to find a free kitten or small puppy that needs a good home please email me at I need for you to be either really close or in the same town as I am
Posted by Valerie on June 17,2011 at 07:15 PM
I have 4 kittens - 2 black & 2 tuxedo (black & white) that need homes. They were born May 12th. All are healthy and very friendly. I am afraid I do not know each of the kittens' sex yet. They are eating some dry food. They were born to an outside female who isn't quite a year old herself. I live in Springfield, Illinois. I do not want to have to take the kittens to the animal shelter as they may not be adopted. I also have another litter born almost 3 weeks ago - 3, 1 of which is a grey tiger, 1 all grey and the other black. Their mother is a sister to the other mother and she is black, also. Both mothers are tame and sweethearts. They (the 3 kittens) will need homes in a month, as well. I am unemployed and, although I love all of them to pieces, I cannot afford to keep them all. I would like to spay the two female mothers so this doesn't happen again. If anyone nearby would like one of the babies (or the mother cats), please let me know by replying to this post. Thanks.
Posted by banessa on June 21,2011 at 10:49 PM
hi .. i would like to know in what state u live in....! i would like to adopt one of the kittens.. u may call me at 240)855-3677 at anytime thanks
Posted by Joanna Staley on June 12,2011 at 03:09 AM
I am looking for a free kitten. I prefer female that has not been spayed. I want her to have little kitties that myself,and my family to enjoy. I plan on keeping two,and find the other ones good homes. 6-7 weeks old,but will accept one 8-10 weeks old. I already have a cat that is playful,and good natured. Thank You.
Posted by tiffany on May 30,2011 at 10:21 PM
i just got a kitten that is a ragdoll and she is the sweetest thing ever!all i need is a name for leany towards the name reeny and i like the name serena but i havent found the right name quite yet.if anyone has any ideas then please reply. thank you
Posted by Nadine on April 30,2011 at 11:33 PM
I am looking for a Norwegien Forest Kitten or a Maine Coon Kitten. My Norwegien Forest Cat Past away a few years ago and would like another. I cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars for one. I will give it a loving home. I would like a lap kitten if possible. If anyone knows of any please let me know. I am in the New Lenox IL area. Thank you
Posted by tiffany on May 30,2011 at 10:23 PM
i would request the maine coon cat i have had 2 in my life and they have been very sweet.just to tell you they get big espeacially if theyre boys.they get just about as big as a little dog
Posted by daniela on April 30,2011 at 03:11 PM
i thinck they should be loved and i want it free because i luv them and help them every day
Posted by daniela on April 30,2011 at 03:07 PM
i realy want a free kitten i try to hpl abandon ones to i thinck ther cute and deserived to be loved
Posted by Arya Drottingu on April 14,2011 at 10:42 PM
I am looking for a male kitten, can't be older than 12 weeks, orange ( red), and would PREFER fluffy, though not a necessity. Please email me at if you know where I can get one near Cheyenne Wyoming.
Posted by anita on April 09,2011 at 07:08 PM
i am looking for a kitten and i need it with in the week please if anyone knows anything please e-mail me at
Posted by Christine on April 10,2011 at 12:46 PM
Good afternoon, I am currently looking for a teacup persian female kitten - for around $400. I live in Connecticut. I have enjoyed owning cats my entire life - as a little girl right up to current day along with 3 lovely children. I am a stay at home mom which will have the time to take care of the kitten and never cage her. She will become part of our family, which means that we will treat her with love and affection. Please let me know if you have a teacup persian that is in CT or closeby MA or RI for pick-up only. Thank you and looking forward Good afternoon, I am currently looking to purchase a Teacup Persian Femal non-spayed Kitten. I reside in CT and I do not want to "ship any kitten to my residence" I will Pick-up in CT, MA (not too far) and RI (not too far) I am a stay a home mom so I will beable to provide the kitten with 24/7 care and she will have the run of the house. If you have a kitten that fits the above description please email me. Thanks in advance, Christine
Posted by gail alvin on March 28,2011 at 01:28 AM
looking for a very young female kitten, would like grey and white or a calaco, it will be an indoor cat,like it to be litter trained Thank you , Gail Alvin I live in Charleston WV
Posted by Meghan on March 20,2011 at 07:23 PM
Do you Know How many Cats can live in one household?
Posted by Sharon on March 20,2011 at 10:44 AM
Im currently looking for a white kitten to adopt
Posted by Patti on March 13,2011 at 01:56 AM
I am looking for female Siamese kittens. I would love to adopt 2 sisters. I do not need purebreds but want them to look like seal point or chocolate point. I am willing to pay a small amount and will take purebred if necessary. Please email me if you know of any in Arizona.
Posted by JEANETTA GREEN on March 03,2011 at 06:32 PM
I live in Baltimore,MD and am looking for a free new born kitten. A female long hair calico if possible
Posted by Steve on February 25,2011 at 04:23 PM
I need a kitten, not a cat... a kitten. We live out in the country, have a couple of dogs but they are run around the field pets and aren't the stay in the house or yard and sit on your lap and cuddle kind of things (unless you want to see a doctor for broken bones... large dogs). The dog's are friendly to all... man or beast, and we really want to add to the family. Lots of room, slow and comfortable lifestyle waiting for a feline youngin'. Someone please help us find a kitten. Thnx ;O)
Posted by April Merchant on February 06,2011 at 11:17 PM
I have been looking for a while for a kitten. He is 4 years old and really wants a kitten. He wants to love it, play with it, feed it, and put it down for naps. As you can tell he is and has been very excited about getting one. I actually have the time now to spend with him or her to help train him/her and keep them company. I know we are quite lonely and having a new baby kitten around would help lift our spirits. Let me know anything you hezar or if you can help me out with this. Thanks, April Merchant
Posted by Miranda on January 30,2011 at 07:55 PM
Hey I'm Looking For A Kitten.(Just One a Little Kitten) Any Kind I Don't Care I Just Want one Fore My Little Girl She Is In Love With Them And Want's One REAL BAD!! And I Can't Find One Anywhere Fore Her So I'm Hopeing This Will Help Thank's Lot's E-Mail Me If You Could Help Live In Paintsville ky, I Also Have Face
Posted by kelly dilday on January 29,2011 at 11:29 PM
my daughter is turning 11 in a week and a half and the greatest present i could give her is a kitten 2 to 3 months old, she is very responsible and has been eager to own her own pet for quite some time, i can afford the food,toys,litter box etc. but the cost of kittens are to high and i would not be able to get her anything else, or throw her the party she wants. we would prefer a black and white kitten but will not be picky. my daughter has been through alot the last 4 years and i think she deserves to get something she really wants and deserves, i believe she would give her kitten the best this life has to offer, she has a heart of gold and needs something to share that love with that is just hers. thank you for your concideration. her loving mom, kelly
Posted by barbara on January 25,2011 at 04:24 PM
I want to adopt a part or full maine coon kitten
Posted by Sheila on January 18,2011 at 01:56 AM
I would love a female munchkin cat or kitten---older ok.I live in the Tampa area,but willing to drive.We are cat lovers,she would have a good home with great care. Thanks
Posted by Julie on April 28,2011 at 01:25 PM
Have you ever considered a Devon Rex ?? They are amazing and do not shed. I know there is someone in Florida looking to place two beautiful spayed sisters. I think they are 2 to 3 years old. Just thought you might want to know. Once you have a Devon.. you will never go without one ! They are like little dogs.Julie
Posted by marcie reece on November 29,2010 at 06:13 PM
a week ago I lost a seal colored ragdoll cat and am mourning terribly he was an amazing cat. He did whatever we did and loved to have Sball practice in the yard.I cannot move on with any cat if there is a breeder that can help me get a like kitten please email me.Trying to hold back the tears!!!!!!!
Posted by Sheila on November 19,2010 at 03:40 AM
I am looking for a pure white kitten or cat prefer kitten. no special breed.
Posted by Richard on November 14,2010 at 07:02 PM
I have three kittens for adoption, three months old all are females and spaded. please call me at 516 835 5695 on Long Island NY ALL HEALTHY AND VERY PLAYFULL.
Posted by Larisa Belisle-Gilbert on November 14,2010 at 01:18 AM
I'm allergic to cats but love cats(and animals in general)...I'm an "older" nurse moving to Plymouth and would love a dear hypoallergenic join me in this chapter of my journey...
Posted by julie on April 28,2011 at 01:21 PM
Have you ever considered a Devon Rex ?? Most people with allergies do quite well with the curly coated dog-cats.
Posted by Terry Langdon on September 26,2010 at 07:24 PM
Hi, About 5 weejks ago I had to have my beautiful pure white male cat of 10 years euthanized - it is still so devastating to me. I was thinking about getting another male pure white kitten and will call him Mr. Licorice the 2nd.
Posted by vicki on October 11,2010 at 05:20 PM
i wish you lived here i have in my life now a pure white male cat with very light blue eyes,he is indoor out door an has a wonderful personality, he befriended me when i lost my ferret[my ferret died]. he hasn't scratched or hissed yet at my cats either, i do let him in alot and sometimes he stays in all night
Posted by Susan on September 19,2010 at 10:07 AM
I am looking to adopt a kitten for a friend for my 2 yr. old cat - and myself of course! I'd like a gray male if possible! The length of hair is not a priority with me. I am not a first timer with kittens, so not to worry! I live in Milwaukee, WI so I'm looking for one in my area!
Posted by wendy Rickman on January 21,2010 at 08:22 PM
I am wanting a baby kitten long hair black thankyou
Posted by Callysta Young on November 01,2010 at 04:44 PM
I know where you can get a black kitten!Exept,the problem is....the kitten is mine.Sorry!Wish I could help!
Posted by stephanie on August 05,2009 at 04:53 PM
this website is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! now i feel totally prepared to adopt a kitten now, thanx pluspets you're the best : )
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