What questions should I ask potential adoptees about my kittens, and at what age should I feed them solid food?
They are not born yet, but I would like to know sooner than later.
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You need to know the following: 1) don't adopt kittens out until they are 8-12 weeks old; 2) check personal and veterinarian references as you don't want to adopt a kitten out to just anyone; 3) ask the potential adoptee what their intentions are on keeping the kitten indoors, declawing, spaying/neutering, etc. Check the personal and veterinarian references to find out what kind of person you are giving a kitten to. If they don't have a good reference, then don't give them a kitten! As far as food, kittens can usually start eating wet food at around four (4) weeks old. Only feed kitten formula to the kittens. It won't hurt if momma cat eats kitten food, as she is nursing and needs the extra protein for energy. Check with your veterinatian for the best advice. Good luck!
You can also contact a local shelter or rescue organzation and ask them if they would share their adoption application with you. Don't give the kittens away for free! And please consider having the mom spayed when the kittens are weaned. Thanks!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 7/12/12. Helpful? / 0
Great advice above. I would add that if at all possible it's a really good idea if you got each kitten spayed or neutered (check to see if there are any low cost programs in your area or call around to different vets to see if any can offer you a discount since you won't be keeping these kittens are trying to do the responsible thing by ensuring they don't grow up to breed) when they are 3 months old and then charge the adopter an adoption fee equal to or close to what it cost you to get them fixed. That way not only do you eliminate the risk a well meaning family takes them home but neglects to get them fixed and adds more homeless kittens to the world in 6 months, but you also eliminate phony adopters trolling for free animals to use for fighting dog bait, sell for lab specimens, eat as food, or hoard beyond their means to properly care for. That's why we advise against giving kittens away for free- you would hope these situations were rare but they are surprisingly common.
Cali answered on 7/13/12. Helpful? / 0