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Q: Getting a new kitten

July 28, 2009 | By Vanessa G. | 10 answers | Expired: 1814 days ago

Vanessa G.

I want a kitten, preferably 3-4 months. Where is the best place to look for a decently priced (does it come with shots, deworming...etc) kitten?

Are there any websites that sell hand me down pet supplies?

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EBalka
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Jul 28, 2009

I am seeing free kitten signs all over!! Try your local shelters and rescue agencies, which you can locate via this website!! Your kitten will need a series of vaccines that takes about 12 wks to complete depending on the vacs that you decide on with your vet. Next and most importantly it will need an Felv/Fiv test to determine if you kitty is FIV+ or has feline Leukemia. Then your kitty should have a fecal test done to check for intestinal parasites which are harmful to kitty and your human family. If all that goes well you can neuter as soon as both testicles are present (your vet should check this) and females can be spayed between 4-6 mos. This is going to cost you some money so take that into consideration, as well as the cost of flea prevention and other medical needs. I've found the hardest part of owning cats if affording them!! Good luck :)

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Anonymous
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Jul 28, 2009

I also am a fan of petfinder.com. It will tell you about local cats that are avail. for adoption and gives you links to the shelter where you can find them. You really should at least check it out!

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daryl b.
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Jul 28, 2009

we are all about rescuing pets from sheltes here. do you hve any shelters around you

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Norrie
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Jul 28, 2009

Me again, just noticed where you live!
AMy friend Betty Wood in Lemond, fosters for CatNap from the Heart, a no kill shelter in LaGrange Park Illinois, about10 minutes away from you. They came in the top 10 during the Z2 makeover. Their adress is 1101 Beach Ave LaGrange Park or email, CatNap@catnapfrom the heart.org Again, good luck!

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Norrie
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Jul 28, 2009

I adopted 2 sister kittens from www.petfinders.com in June, they were living with a close by foster mom intent on socializing them. Many of the cats or kittens have pictures and a bit of history or type of personality written about them. I had been watching online to see what was available, emailed to ask about one , was asked exactly what was I looking for and was told about 2 that weren't pictured as they lived w/a part time foster. They were too young to have had shots but the 2nd cat came for only $10 extra. They had colds so I took them to the vet , had to give them an antibiotic 2 x a day $$. My vet has started a discount day for shots so thats when we go but I may or may not take them for spaying to the vets reccomended by www.petfinders.com . These kittens are very sweet & loving, we're so glad we adopted two despite the double cost for the vet. Good luvck!

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DevilDawg
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Jul 28, 2009

Check with your local shelter. The Zootoo Classified section right here on the site is a good place to look for items. Good luck.

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arleen z.
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Jul 28, 2009

The local shelter is the place to start good luck with your new little furbaby

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jackie
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Jul 28, 2009

go to your local shelter they have many wonderful pet who desperstely need a home. they usually come vacinated , tested and some even fixed. the price of these kitties covers a latge no of things. donot but of the internet you have no idea what your getting. a petstore doesnt do anything but sell them and again you have no idea what your getting . If you adopt you would be saving a life

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Kayla L.
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Jul 28, 2009

Getting Ursula as a free cat and going with all the discount options I know, still costs at least $115 using low cost vaccine services, county sterilization voucher but paying for pain meds, felv testing and vaccinations, deworming and booster shots. add on the $50 setup for brush, litter box, litter, food and dishes. Start up costs on any animal are roughly $100-200 dollars.

Tommy was thru the county as a stray. He cost $25. He has his rabies, first round of 4 way, neuter already but still will run me $86 to have him tested and fully vaccinated PLUS he caught a nasty cold where we had him on antibiotics orally for a week or two after getting a shot to get them started. Woo. $70. His exam cost was covered by the free vet check. This would have probably ran me $120 instead.

I have several friends that don't keep up on vaccinations and don't have their cat chipped and don't do all the things I do, but as they are members of the family, I do what I feel is the responsible thing. Your costs may vary

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Sheltervt
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Jul 28, 2009

your local shelter or rescue! Summer is kitten season, and shelters and rescues nationwide are full to overflowing with cats and kittens of all descriptions. Check out www.petfinder.com to search for shelters in your area. Don't just rely on the available listings the shelters post on that website, though, as new kittens come in all the time, and ther are doubtless several available that aren't yet listed online.

Make sure your finances are in order, and understand the true costs of pet ownership. Even getting a kitten from a great rescue that spays/neuters, vaccinates, worms, flea treats, and microchips the kittens prior to adoption, there are still regular expenses out of your own pocket like basic vet exam, booster shots, possible re-worming, monthly flea treatments, high-quality food, etc, as well as the need to have money set aside in case of emergency. Many pet owners are stunned to realize that vet clinics demand payment prior to treatment in case of emergency. Sock money aside before you even get a pet, just to be fully prepared.

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