Pros and cons of getting a kitten

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  • Blakester 14 May 2012 15:29:11 4,194 posts
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    This is all very last-minute, but we've been offered a 7 week old female kitten which desperately needs a home.

    We've never had a cat so there is obviously some apprehension, especially as we have young kids who aren't used to pets (apart from a goldfish). I figure it can't be that difficult and as my wife works part-time, she will be around to look after it until it's of age to leave the house.

    Aside from the obvious expense (food, insurance etc), is there anything I should be worried about or is it pretty straight-forward?
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:30:32
    There's no cons really, unless it shits everywhere but they do seem to auto-home to litter trays.
  • Lexx87 14 May 2012 15:30:42 20,853 posts
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    Cats look after themselves pretty much, even as a kitten it won't be much hassle other than maybe pooing and weeing and being sick on occasion where you don't want it to.

    They are very little work.
  • jonsaan 14 May 2012 15:31:10 26,711 posts
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    Just litter tray training.

    You can also wear them as hats. Which is nice.
  • ResidentKnievel 14 May 2012 15:31:54 7,123 posts
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    Their cuteness is distracting
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:32:45
    They have really tight bum holes.
  • Salaman 14 May 2012 15:32:50 22,715 posts
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    They're supposed to be 8 weeks I think before they're taken from the mother. Apart from that ... all should be well.

    They're not really needy, so you don't have to worry about them being alone for part of the day.
    I'm getting a kitten this spring for the little one.

    /excited
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:33:10
    7 weeks is very, very young for a cat to be taken away from it's mother.
  • mrpon 14 May 2012 15:34:19 33,482 posts
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    Boab wrote:
    7 weeks is very, very young for a cat to be taken away from it's mother.
    Translation: get those nipples ready big boy!
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:34:56
    I want another one, kittens are so bloody awesome the little scamps.
  • Blakester 14 May 2012 15:35:31 4,194 posts
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    Just checked and it's 8 weeks old. We're in a bit of a bind because the owner is desperate to get rid, so I'm not sure what'll happen to her if we don't take her now.
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:37:26
    Just take it, cats are almost zero hassle, you'll fucking love it.
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:37:51
    They still learn behaviour from their mother and also get the required nutrients from her milk to boost their immune system. Most breeders won't give a kitten away until 12 weeks.
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:37:52
    If you let it sleep on your bed then it slowly consumes your soul until you die.
  • billythekid 14 May 2012 15:38:36 12,154 posts
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    Get him a scratching post, or alternatively let him use your furniture.
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:38:54
    They make good mittens.
  • oldskooldeano 14 May 2012 15:40:18 2,830 posts
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    I would say having a cat is a long term commitment that lasts approximately 15 years.

    That's 15 years of cat litter, food and vets. 15 years of scratched up sofas, cat hair everywhere and the odd dead animal in the house.

    15 years of having to find some mug to look after your cat when you go on holiday.

    On the plus side, your kids will love it, and cats do love you back. I have loved my cats but I wouldn't have another one now, I value my independence too much.
  • mikew1985 14 May 2012 15:40:42 14,431 posts
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    Cons: It's a fucking cat I'd be quicker listing the pros.

    Pros: None, its a fucking cat.
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  • Jetset_UK 14 May 2012 15:41:57 3,573 posts
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    My mum got one that was too young (6 weeks I think), and it's a horrible piece of work.  Loves my mum, but hates anyone else. Little fucker.
  • Vortex808 14 May 2012 15:44:10 11,550 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    There's no cons
    There are no cons, cats are great and fairly independent.

    With a young one you shouldn't have too much hassle, apart from some possible minor curtain-climbing until they get too heavy and the litter-training if they're not house-trained yet!

    They can also deal really well with kids depending on their personality.
    Our cat has had the patience of a saint with our little lad. She should have scratched him, or warned him off looong before she finally did.


    Plus you'll get all the fun of playing with a cute & playful kitten, which is great. Despite getting skewered by their tiny needle-like claws.
  • the_dudefather 14 May 2012 15:47:30 10,401 posts
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    pro: it's not 2 cats
    con: it's not a dog
  • sport 14 May 2012 15:47:56 13,927 posts
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    As long as you keep it chained in the attic or basement, it shouldn't be much of a problem.
  • jonsaan 14 May 2012 15:49:14 26,711 posts
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    I assume you live away from a main road. As soon as it knows at yours is home and is old enough, install a cat flap. Cat litter is shit. Outdoor cats ftw.
  • mikew1985 14 May 2012 15:49:37 14,431 posts
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    Finally some people with some sense.
  • Blakester 14 May 2012 15:51:29 4,194 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    They no work to look after. Worst thing that will happen is that it will scratch all your furniture and curtains to fuck. And your house will smell of piss. And when it's older it will bring dead animals into your house. And look at you like you're a cunt when you come in the house. And wake you up in the middle of the night crying.

    Other than though they're great. Plus your kids should have a pet by now you fucking monster.
    That sounds shit to be honest. I am rather fond of our leather sofa but we don't have curtains thankfully.
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:51:53
    Be careful if you have small children. One day you'll come home and find the kitten has gone, little will you know that the kitten has burrowed inside your child and now lives inside their skull. They operate your child like a robot, using them to further their plans for evil doings.
  • Deleted user 14 May 2012 15:52:37
    Buy decent litter and a good scratching post and neither will be a problem.
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