Adopting a cat is a lifelong commitment.
year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are killed in shelters in the
US. The majority of them are turned into shelters by their owners who
decided not to keep them for one reason or another. Most of the reasons
that animals are turned into shelters can be easily prevented or solved.
Our main goal for our cats and kittens is to find homes where they'll
live long happy lives and to never wind up in a shelter.
you decide to adopt a cat, please read the following information so that
you can help your cat adjust to your home as quickly and easily as
possible. We're more than happy to help you solve whatever issues that
might arise so that your cat will be able to remain with you forever. If
you ever have any problems or concerns with your cats health or
behavior, don't hesitate to ask for assistance. Bookmark this page so
you'll have information available when you need it.
Infants, Toddlers and Kittens
Important Information for Parents
|A PET IS NOT A TEMPORARY PLAYMATE FOR CHILDREN,|
BUT A LIFELONG FAMILY MEMBER
Getting a pet just to teach a child responsibility is not a good idea. Pet
experts recommend that young kittens are not appropriate for children
under age five and suggest a child should be at least six years old before having a pet.
kittens are not always the best choice for homes with an infant or
toddler as young children usually don't have the patience or maturity to
handle kittens responsibly.
The best way to teach your children
how to be responsible pet caregivers is to be one yourself. This should
start before you even get a pet by selecting the right animal for your
family at the right time. Please take the time to consider whether a
young kitten is the best choice for you and your family.
TIME AND ENERGY
for a kitten is a lot like caring for a baby. They require
significantly more time to supervise and care for than an older cat. The
first six months are vital to the development of a kitten. Many
households are not able to provide what is needed during this time of
learning and growing. Kittens that aren’t properly taught and cared for
may not grow up to be well-adjusted adults. If you have a young child
that already requires a lot of care and time, you should ask yourself if
you will have enough time to properly care for a kitten as well.
KITTENS ARE FRAGILE
kitten in not a toy!! Young kittens are fragile creatures that may be
too delicate for an exuberant toddler. Small children are often too
rough on kittens because they have not yet learned how to treat
creatures smaller than themselves.
A young child may
inadvertently cause serious harm to a kitten. A kitten’s tiny body can
be easily broken or crushed. A common injury in kittens is broken bones
from rough play and death from being squeezed too hard.
no way to predict how a kitten will react to a child that wants to
constantly pick him up, hug him, pull on his tail, ears, feet, or
whiskers. If frightened, held too tightly or forcibly restrained, a
kitten may view this as a threatening gesture and react with scratching
or biting the child.
It's important to help your child see the
world through your pet's eyes. How would you child feel if someone poked
at his eyes or pulled his ears. Even the most docile pet has limits,
and all animals must be treated with caution and respect. To protect
both your child and your pet, it's critical that an adult supervise all
pet-child interactions to insure the experience is a positive one -- for
both kids and kitten.
have extremely sharp teeth and claws. Biting and other rough play is
natural play for a kitten. A rambunctious, teething kitten may not be
suitable for an infant or toddler. If a child plays too rough with a
kitten they could get scratched or bitten. Kittens also tend to climb on small children and accidentally scratch.
Punishing your kitten for inappropriate behavior will not help. If he
learns that being around children results in “bad things” happening to
him, he may become defensive in their presence.
WHAT IS A “GREAT KIDS CAT”?
cat about one year old with an established personality is the perfect
pet for families with young children. A one year old cat is barely out
of kittenhood with plenty of spunk and energy. A one year old cat is
better able to cope with children and their fast, unexpected movements
and loud noises. It will be more patient with young kids, and best of
all, knows when to walk away from interactions that are too much for
either of them.