Post # 1
Is it a bad idea to get a kitten right before you go out of town? How old does a kitten have to be before you leave it alone for a day or two?
I saw a really cute kitten on craiglist (I admit I was smitten with the instagram pics) but I may be out of town for the next two weekends (home during the week). The kitten is about three months old. FH would be home during all that time but he has never had a cat, and its been a long time since I’ve had a cat that young. Should I tryto adopt this one, or just wait until I will be home many weekends in a row?
Post # 3
@kerensa: definitely a bad idea. kittens need to poop a lot more often than adult cats, and especially if they’re not litter box trained yet, you may come home to an aromatic surprise on your carpet >_<
UNLESS you could litter box train it in 10 days 😛 I don’t know, I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable at all leaving a kitten alone for two straight weekends.
Post # 4
@strawbs: According to the description, the kitten is litter trained, but I worry that in a new environment or being young it may still have some trouble. Fh will be home but I am picturing a scene from three men and a baby wth regard to helping with this cat. at least at first.
Post # 5
@kerensa: ahahaha you’ve made me picture that now! I assumed you were in a single household with just you and the kitty. well, with FH around, it’s doable … but he’ll have to keep an eye on it a lot.
Post # 6
first of all, please don’t get a kitten on craigslist. There are many other adorable kittens out there. Even a “free” kitten, rarely turns out to be free. It could have worms and fleas, and thats on the minor end of the scale. If you adopt from a shelter/humane society, they usually are vet checked, spayed/neutered, and you are helping a kitten that may not otherwise get a chance. Also, don’t base your decision on looks, you need to meet the kitten and see if it chooses you (you will know). If you choose a kitten from a litter that has a mom, then chances are that kitten will already be litter trained – the mama cat trains them where to do their business. It should be ok to leave the kitten home, as long as they are in a safe room and have plenty of food and water and litter. We kept our kittens in a large dog crate with a litter box, bed, food and water when we went out during the day. But home alone for a few days is not a good idea. If your Fiance is willing to spend time with it each day, and clean up after it, then that may be ok. If the litter box isn’t cleaned after a few days, the kitten might get an aversion to it because it smells to bad, and you don’t want to start that from an early age.
But again, PLEASE do not get a kitten off of Craigslist!
Post # 7
Kittens in general not always a goot idea. I highly recomend a grown cat from a shelter. Kittens change there personalities as they grow up which is not always good. I would suggest getting a cat from a shelter and dont forget to “try the out” as my mom always said. I think she tried out 20 cats before she found Syd the best cat (who acts like a dog). If you find a cat as long as your Fiance is willing to do the work and spend the time I dont see a problem just make sure the cat is healthy and clean and up to date with the Vet.
Post # 8
I think if your fiancee will be home then it should be fine. He will have 5 days with you and the kitten to get him used to caring for the little lovely. I agree with messa9116 though that there are better places to get your kitty.
Post # 9
Can I just second the please please pleeeeeeease do not get a kitten off craigslist?
Especially if they are asking for any kind of fee. Animal listings on craigslist can be fronts for puppy/kitten mills so please look into it carefully before you make a decision to get a kitten off craigslist.
If you can adopt from a shelter instead, many shelters are over capacity and are putting animals down if they aren’t adopted. You will be able to find one that is already litter trained, have all the necessary shots and vet papers come with them. Yes, there’s a fee involved but these generally barely covers the costs that the shelter has already outlayed. They’re usually staffed with very helpful people too, as they are animal lovers so they can advise you on all your questions. In fact, they really appreciate someone who is taking the care to make sure that they are looking out for their new kitty’s best interest.
My darling is a shelter kitty and the adoption peeps were awesome – they even check up on you afterwards and help with any behavioural/training questions that may come up.
Post # 10
I’m going to jump in with another please don’t get a kitten off CL!
If you’re set on a kitten, check out the shelter. I always encourage people to look at older cats (over 1-2 years) just because they have a harder time getting adopted and kittens pretty much sell themselves.