You were lucky enough to witness the birth of your cat and she gave you many cute little kittens. However, you cannot afford to keep them all. But who should they give them to, and above all, at what age? Here are some answers to these questions.
At what age should kittens be given?
After the cat gives birth, a whole series of stages will take place in the life of these newborns. They will first feed on their mother’s milk, during their entire first month. Then she will start to teach them various things in addition to protecting them. The kittens will also learn on their own, first of all to walk, then they will work on their agility by fighting between siblings, as well as their sense of balance by surveying the environment in which they live and by doing their first jumps, with a mother always on the lookout. This phase lasts a month, it is the month when the mother will take care of her young.
From the second month, the mother will accept less and less to be breastfed, and will begin to push them away. At this time, you will have to start offering them kitten kibble, which is less harsh on their small teeth, than those for adults. This is called a food transition. You can moisten the kibbles with lukewarm water to soften them and make them easier for the little ones to eat.
The mother during this second month has not finished playing her role, however, as she will teach them limits, starting to kick them or spit when they do something she does not like. This month will especially be a phase in which they will learn to behave with others.
At the end of this second month, the kittens will have become autonomous, and will know how to behave with their congeners, as well as with humans. From this point on you can start thinking about giving the little ones. But who to give them to?
Who to give her kittens to?
Kittens can certainly become complicated to take care of from two months, especially if there are many. So it’s important to think about who to give them to so that it is someone you trust, but there are still some basic things to check when giving up a kitten:
Does the person really want to have a cat?
It sometimes happens to come across someone who wants to adopt one of your kittens to meet the whim of a child for example, but without wanting to himself. However, let’s not forget that even if the child will love this kitten, it is the role of the adult to take care of the cat, to buy him kibble, to manage the veterinary checks, etc. If the adult in question risks not taking care of the cat because “I take it to please my child but that’s all”, it is better to abstain.
Will the person be able to manage the chat financially?
Unfortunately, some people, even with the best will in the world, do not have the financial means to take care of a cat. Indeed, the maintenance of these little felines is not always given, between vaccines, veterinary consultations, food which is quite expensive, especially if it is of good quality, etc. So make sure that the person can fully take care of the kitten before giving it.
The age of the adopting kitten
It is a difficult subject but one which unfortunately needs to be talked about. A lot of older people want to adopt a cat, which is not a bad thing. However, depending on a person’s age and state of health, taking a kitten that will live for another 15 years is not always a good idea. A cat will also become attached to its owner (s) and, in the event of an accident, the cat will be strongly impacted. Perhaps it is better in this case, to direct the person towards associations, which often have older cats to give, and which will be more adapted to this situation.
How to find adopters to donate my kittens
Sometimes we do not know how to go about finding adopters. If no one around you wants to adopt, or even word of mouth is not enough, fortunately, there are several solutions today to overcome this problem:
- Internet : there are now many cat enthusiast sites that allow you to post an ad in order to find adopters. You can accompany your ad with a description, potentially setting the requirements you want for the kitten’s future life, such as a garden for example.
- display an ad: some stores will allow you to display a classified ad with your contact information on their storefront. Pet stores often allow it, and it is in this type of store that you will have the best chance of finding interested parties. You can also ask your vet to put an ad in their office, which most will agree to as well.
- contact a local newspaper: this is certainly the least effective practice, as the print media are read less and less, but some newspapers, especially small local newspapers, will agree to publish an ad regarding your kittens to give away.
Now you know how to handle the whole process of getting your kittens up for adoption. Do not have a heavy heart when you see them leaving for their new masters, if you have been careful to whom you give them, you know that they will have a good life in their new environment.