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  1. It's really something you should let your veterinarian tell you. When the kitten is 6 months old, take it in to be spayed or neutred. They will tell you then. I thought mine was a boy and I was wrong. 😆

  2. Kittens can actually get fixed as young as 8 weeks and 2 lbs! It’s actually best to get them altered before 6 months, because at that age they are able to reproduce

  3. I am not, but I have foster kittens and know people in the veterinary field (and I’m going into a veterinary adjacent field myself- physical rehabilitation, specifically). It’s pretty typical to get kittens altered at 8 weeks as long as they are 2 lbs at rescues. If you watch Kitten Lady (a woman who specializes in rescuing and saving young kittens), you’ll notice her kittens are always spayed/neutered before adoption.

  4. I’m sure that must be quite frustrating!! Do you have enough clumping cat litter in the litter box? I personally have more than one per cat because it makes it easier for me.

  5. It’s best to avoid clumping litter with young kittens because they tend to consume litter when they’re starting to use the litter box. Ingesting clumping litter can be very dangerous and cause blockages

  6. I don’t have neonates, but I nicknamed them anyway, partially because I wasn’t fond of the names the rescue gave them and because I figured adopters will probably rename them anyway. The nicknames are pretty unoriginal, haha. It started out mostly as a way to refer to them based on how they look, but turned into affectionate nicknames.

  7. Can happily say of the 5 cats I’ve owned in my life (all outdoors) they lived to 16, 18, 19, and the current two are both 7.

  8. While I am happy to hear that is the case for your personal cats, that is not the average.

  9. The results of studies aren’t cultural. And the belief of whether cats should be indoor or outdoor does seem to have a cultural difference, in my experience, but the cultural difference I’ve personally seen is living on a farm vs not and having education about animals vs not. I’ve known Americans who have outdoor cats and Europeans who have them indoor only. I have noticed, however, that locations with more poverty often have more strays and outdoor animals

  10. Hello ! It's an extreme Persian - referring to how flat their faces are! Please do not get one as you will be supporting the breeding industry! These cats live in pain their whole life. Because of the selective breeding causing their flat faces, the brain cavity is much smaller than it should be, causing a number of health issues, some of which result in death. And death is just the easy way out for these poor creatures. I love how they look as well but this breed should just die out as it is not humane. PLEASE do not support breeding for this breed!

  11. 100% agree with one slight difference. Please do not get one unless it is a rescue. There are Persian rescues out there (like Kitten Lady’s Chouchou) and they still need good homes and loving owners, but you should never support the breeding of these animals by buying one. If you do rescue one of these guys, please be prepared for potential extra expenses for their healthcare because of the problems you may encounter

  12. If you’ve already been committing to fostering for 5 years, I doubt you’d have a problem with committing to caring for a resident cat! As someone who’s been a cat owner for 10 years and a foster mom for just over a month, I can say that my resident cats are much less work than the fosters. I don’t have to clean up after messy babies, commit to daily weighing, monitor their health quite as closely as I have to do with sick kittens. If you were concerned about having the resources to care for a pet for their lifetime, then things would be different, but it sounds like that’s not the case for you.

  13. Babies are messy, but the mess at least for me is contained. But a resident cat is a whole different ball game, with access to the whole house. I’ve got a few days to decide. He will be adopted quick, all the kittens at the shelter are going fast. It’s a hard choice, and completely up to my feelings as he will be happy anywhere

  14. In my experience, the messiest part of my resident cats is the shedding. Tracking of litter is minimal (much less than I’m experiencing with kittens, who drag it everywhere) and quickly swept up. Hairballs are a rare occurrence and quick to clean. But, of course, everyone has different ideas over how much of a problem shedding is. The vast majority of the time I put into my cats’ care is through playtime.

  15. I said this in reply to another as well, but isn't she blind? Something appears wrong with the eyes and would also explain why she's in a pen - for safety.

  16. Foster mom here! Eye infections are very common when kittens get bad URIs (which is seen frequently in stray babies). Left untreated, it can lead to blindness, but they usually clear up very nicely with proper medical care

  17. Most non kill shelters are able to be that way because they turn animals away. Kill shelters are forced to take in all animals and that is why they often times have to euthanize. In some areas the only shelters that exist are kill shelters.

  18. I agree wholeheartedly with the fostering. The best way to reduce the numbers of euthanasias is by helping provide the resources they need. Kill shelters are euthanizing because the number of strays is so overwhelmingly high that their only other choice is to let animals roam free or turn them down. Fostering helps to provide the space and care needed to allow them to have the resources to take more pets in.

  19. Oh man, if there is anything I love more than cats with human names it's CATS WITH FOOD NAMES!

  20. If you weren’t aware, there’s a subreddit for that!

  21. Get a second cat, it will definitely help. Plus it will keep them busy. They will learn from each other, especially when it comes to biting and scratching.

  22. I really do recommend that people get a second cat, as long as it’s feasible for their situation. It really doesn’t take much more time to care for a second cat. In fact, having 2 usually means they need less playtime from you because they’ll entertain each other (but that doesn’t mean they’ll like playing with you less; they’re just less likely to get bored)

  23. I adopted 2 cats over a decade ago, siblings and ofc they loved each other and it was the right thing to do considering they were siblings and taking only one would mean the other one would've been killed. But now that they are in heaven I've adopted a new kitten and he's the only one in the household. I play with him a lot because I'm home all the time, I make sure he has everything he needs even tho he's lazy and sleeps a lot. And he has insects on the balcony to play with. He was left alone at 8 weeks old and is now almost a year. I've been considering a friend for him, but I think he likes being the only cat because he gets all the attention he wants and needs. If I wouldn't be home, or would just get a cat for the sake of it I would get him a friend instantly.. But that's not the case now. I think it's better to adopt 2 at the same time rather than bringing another cat into your home all of a sudden and your cat might be like "who's this furry four-legged thing you brought home, I didn't ask for this?!". Cats are very territorial and the longer a cat is kept as the only cat in your home, the longer it might take for them to get used to their new friend, if ever 😅

  24. It’s definitely true that cats are typically very territorial (though less so if altered). I have introduced cats multiple time to previous resident cats, and it is a process. One of my former strays hates animals she’s unfamiliar with (I suspect she was attacked by other animals before I found her because she was covered in scabs). In my personal experience, it always works out in the end, though, with the proper introduction period. The introduction period can take time and might be a bit stressful, I admit. With introducing cats, there’s a very high likelihood you will experience some hissing unless all cats involved are extremely socialized with other animals. The cats may not necessarily become the best of pals, but they usually end up completely fine with each other’s presence in time. Of course, there are exceptions, typically with unaltered cats or those who have been a single cat for a long time

  25. I hope this doesn’t come across as preachy, but I hope a vet is watching that eye to make sure it doesn’t get swollen and painful! Sometimes cats end up needing eyes removed when they’re damaged

  26. Started out cute, but became so wholesome when he started purposely playing with the kitty!

  27. I know I’m such a terrible person that’s what is eating me up . I gave him so much love and affection but forgot my responsibility as a owner to get him vaccinated. What’s crazy is I was talking about getting him his shots 1 week before he passed. I’m in so much guilt I just want my babyboy to know I loved him more than anything I can possibly love and that I’m sorry. I just want to see him again.

  28. He wasn’t vaccinated before you adopted him? As someone else said, they should start their vaccinations before they’re even ready to go to their forever homes, though they do need boosters. Not puppies, but I have foster kittens and I’ve had to give them vaccines for distemper already, before they’re ready for adoption.

  29. So does mine! She’s indoor but I put a bell on her cuz she liked sneaking up on my elderly cat. She can now move without jingling the bell and my elderly cat is deaf now so it doesn’t even matter anyway.

  30. I used to have a collar with a bell on it for one of my cats for a similar reason. My late cat had Cerebellar Hypoplasia, so I gave her a little heads up with my other cat by using a bell collar. Cat number 3 ended up making that entirely unnecessary because they started messing with each other and leaving my CH girl alone.

  31. Cats also are not indigenous to America, yet here they are.

  32. And, to add to that, they are domesticated animals. They aren’t really “indigenous” to anything, because they have been bred and changed to suit human needs. Domesticated animals are different from animals that evolved naturally in the wild without human involvement. They’ve evolved to depend on some degree of human care

  33. Oh I misread! It was late, my bad.

  34. I read this as third child and I think I'm just going to stick with that

  35. No he wasn’t! His microchip was registered to the street he was found on. The previous owner just dumped him on their own street and knew he wouldn’t be able to get home because he was blind. So he was out there for a few weeks being picked up.

  36. Poor baby. Thanks so much for rescuing him. He’s so lucky to have you

  37. Same here, rescue orgs demand a yard, but I live in a condo — but there’s a large park across the street, which also contains a dog park, and two blocks away is a forest with a network of trails perfect for dog walking. Somehow, that’s not good enough.

  38. Purebreds do need love, it’s true, but buying them won’t reduce the number of people who buy them and are bad owners. It just increases the demand for them which in turn increases the number being bred. You can find purebreds in rescues too, however, even though they may not be as common

  39. Thank you. I miss her, but I am so grateful she was a part of my life at all. I would always gush that of all the cats in the world, I was extremely lucky because I ended up with her

  40. Black cats being the least popular for adoptions actually appears to be untrue!

  41. The orange on the ears makes me think he/she may be a flame point.

  42. Not as rare as you might think! Orange cats are more frequently male, but I believe around 20% are still female. Kitten Lady has a video about it for anyone who’s interested

  43. I never knew that people considered them rare…she has a sister from the same litter that’s orange as well

  44. It’s because female cats need the orange gene from both their mom and dad to be orange themselves, while males only need to inherit one orange gene.

  45. I will have to research no-kill shelters I can’t have them be put down :(

  46. If you can’t find a good no-kill shelter, you should at least TNR! If there’s kittens around, it’s also worth setting some traps to see if there’s other cats that can be TNRed as well, to prevent further reproduction and more homeless kitties

  47. No name suggestions, but I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes way too long to actually name my pets 😂

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