(Closed) Getting a kitten/cat from the shelter

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personality first!!

Ask questions!! Where did this cat come from? Why was it abandoned? Does it have behavioral issues?

If you want a cat who loves to cuddle and sleep on your lap, find a cat that doesn’t mind being held. Just make sure you find someone who fits you and your personality!

As for kittens, go for a slightly older kitten so you can judge their personalities. I found my little gem asleep in his litter box. He just let me scoop him up and set him on my shoulder, LOVES cuddles. So much better than his sister (who my friend adopted) she was hyper and over-the-top playful, and who later destroyed her apartment.

Good luck! YAY KITTEN!!!!!!

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

My Paige picked me out.  I went to look at a litter that had been born under a lady’s porch.  I had my heart set on an orange tabby, but a cute little Tortie kept coming up to investigate me.  I’d push her to the side and look at the others.  She kept coming up and putting her little paw on my hand.  So finally, I picked her up and she fell asleep in my arms.  That was 7 years ago. 

Sometimes, they just find you.  Don’t go in there with any expectations or preconceived notions – just go in and see who tugs at your heartstrings.

I love my Paige-kins!!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Awww I have been begging my Fiance to get another kitten but he thinks that for now 2 is enough! There are definitely a couple things to look at.  Make sure you can touch the paws of the kitten, makes it SO much easier to cut their nails!  One of ours has no problem with us touching her paws and the other one hates it!  He never lets us go near him with the clippers while the other one couldn’t care a less!

Also, try to make it purr.  If they purr, they also love to cuddle and there is nothing better then a cuddly kitty!

Good luck and post pictures when you pick out the lucky kitty! 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it is important to take your time…..a lot of them are so freaked out from being at a shelter that it takes a little while for their personalities to come out. I have one cat that was literally hanging on the cage door and screaming like “get me out of here!” and he is now the laziest cat EVER! Where as my other cat was curled up in a ball and hiding in the back and she is the friendliest cat I have ever had.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

A buddy of mine picked up a cat who proceeded to study him carefully and then pull down his glasses. I whole heartedly agree that your kitty will pick you, so be sure to keep an open mind.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In my experience male cats tend to be lazy lovebirds, girl cats tend to be more a lot more active (spazzy), though they can like a snuggle too.  I’ve had both, I prefer man-cats. Just go for whose personality you love :}

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@EleanorRigby: Our cat sitter told us that males tend to be much more social and cuddly. The females tend to be more standoffish/less cuddly. But, as with anything, there are exceptions to every rule!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I played around with each of the kitties first to see which one I got along with best….That ended up being a huge mistake because, DUH, I like all kitties.  I wanted to take them all home.  In the end, I always have a huge soft spot for the underdog, so I went with the full grown cat who looked miserable.  It seemed to me like she was the one in most need of a real home.  I’ve had her for almost 7 years now and just love her to pieces. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think female cats are more independent but that is the only consistent personality trait I have noticed. (not an expert but I volunteer and foster cats)

I do think they “pick you” though. I think you go to a shelter and it just kind of happens.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

spend about 20 minutes in a room with them alone, at least so that they get a chance to get used to you and let their personality show. i don’t think it’s a gender issue, some cats are just more cuddly (really, it’s more dependant on their breed). we have some formerly feral cats that we got neutered/spayed and then re-released and the boy kitty is much more friendly than the girl kitty. but, my indoor girl kitty is a total lap cat! FH and I went to the shelter, not even planning on adopting. he picked one (~3 mos old) out that was snoozing because it looked like good snugglin’z. she was scared at first and hid her face in the crook of his arm but eventually realized we didn’t want to eat her and started making biscuits and acting really lovey. she climbed over to me and gave me a hug, that’s all i can describe it as! one little arm on each side of my neck and cuddled in, purring! since we weren’t planning on adopting (and i had flown to visit him) we went back to his apt but i couldn’t stop thinking about her! the next morning we went back and took her out again to make sure she still liked us (she did!) and then i adopted her and flew with her back home lol

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