Kitten Adoption Recommendations? — Brooklynian

Kitten Adoption Recommendations?

Looking to adopt one young kitten into our home. Does anyone have a recommendation in Prospect Heights or nearby with a good experience?

Thanks!

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  • Go to Sean Casey Animal Rescue. They are an awesome organization! Highly sought out and they are right here in Windsor Terrace. They really take real good care of pets, rescue them and try to find good and loving homes. Just take the F train to Fort Hamilton. Check them out here:

    http://www.nyanimalrescue.org/

    and here

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/SeanCaseyAnimalRescue

  • They always have several kittens that are not listed in the website. So don't be discouraged if you don't see kittens on the web, call them and they probably have kittens available.

  • you should contact one of the posters here -

    She has quite a few who are in desperate need of a new home. Good luck

  • Sorry I can't edit me last post. The poster I was talking about is caseopele

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/profile/caseopele

  • Many shelters don't list kittens or puppies on their websites, or at least not promptly because they go so much faster than the adults.

  • Good luck, just avoid an organization called Mutts And Mitts of Brooklyn (or something similar). You'd be better off picking up a feral cat off the street (that's from experience).

  • There is also the Center for Animal Care and Control (http://www.nycacc.org/) on Linden Blvd. Consider adopting two kittens (preferably littermates) as they will have a playmate when you can't be with them. The price for two kittens at CACC is the same as one kitten ($25) they come neutered and vaccinated.

  • Kittens grow on trees, in Brooklyn. If I wanted another kitten, I could probably find a few on the walk to the subway.

    Contact people from the local TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) groups. They usually come across kittens that aren't too far gone (feral) to be pets.

  • Thanks for all of the suggestions! We are a little hesitant about adopting a kitten from a feral mom (through TNR or just off the street), anyone have experience with this? We are looking for a very sweet, loving, social kitten, and the stigma of feral cat doesn't quite fit the description...

    It's so strange that kittens and puppies aren't really advertised, I guess because they are adopted so quickly. Hopefully this weekend, we'll be visiting a couple of shelters!

  • They aren't all adopted quickly. Most kittens, puppies, cats and dogs that end up in full service shelters have a very short life expectancy. The no-kill shelters only take the animals that they know they can rehome or that they have resources to look after. Responsible animal welfare organizations won't adopt companion animals that are not properly socialized.

    If my experience is anything to go by, you will adopt at the first place you go to. I recommend that you visit the CACC website (www.nycacc.org), check out their adoption requirements and take the documentation they require with you irrespective of which shelter you visit. Most responsible shelters require the similar documentation, basically proof that you are allowed to keep a pet in your residence.

  • TNR people trap, neuter and release feral cats. If by chance there are kittens that are young enough to be socialized they are not released. I wouldn't recommend taking a kitten off the street and leaving the siblings. Sean Casey, as stated, always has kittens. I saw a bunch over at Pet Haven Animal hospital. check out the postings on this board.

    I also recommend you get a pair so they can keep each other company. If you have an older cat and are getting it a companion then a pair is better because your cat can choose to be amused or play with them instead of being the object of a single kittens intense energy and craziness. Think if somebody would give you a 2 or 3 year old kid to keep you company? Not everyone would be happy.

    And the reason kittens and puppies aren't advertised is because there are so many young and adult cats that need homes and make better companions since you know what their personalities are, and you don't have to go through the kitten stage, which can be extremely annoying (I am a cat lover).

  • Also check out kensington kitties! (also Pet finder in general)

    http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY700.html

    Kensinton usually parks on 7th ave in PS and show their adoptable kitties, they have some real cuties that need a loving home.

    Please consider getting a pair of kitties (hopefully siblings) as they do keep each other company and they will grow up to be better socialized cats. My best friend finally took this advice and adopted a young pair of kitties. They already sweeter and more social then all the single cats she's had all her life.

  • mundaypaul wrote: We are a little hesitant about adopting a kitten from a feral mom (through TNR or just off the street), anyone have experience with this? We are looking for a very sweet, loving, social kitten, and the stigma of feral cat doesn't quite fit the description...
    It's not like it's genetic, it's purely socialization, or lack thereof. You'll know if the kitten takes a shine to you. And yes, pairs are good - they can often be less problematic than singles.

  • I adopted a pair of siblings that were found along with their liter and feral mother in a lot here in CH. They were taken in by a local woman when the kittens were just a week or so old. The woman who trapped them took them all to the vet and had them treated for some eye infections that they picked up. The mother and kittens all tested negative for FIV and other than a case of fleas, didn't have any other health issues.

    Several of the cats ended up having permanent vision problems including one that was permanently blinded, but they have all turned into happy and healthy cats. Other than a broken paw and a respiratory infection a couple of years ago, we haven't had any major health issues.

    We took our guys when they were about eight weeks old, and they are two of the most social cats I've ever encountered. Having company has also meant that they get a lot of exercise (we are constantly crowning a new cat wrestling champion) and that they are surprisingly well adjusted. We joke that our cats think they're dogs in that they will beg for belly rubs from strangers and do tricks for treats.

    One advantage of taking local cats is that we have used the woman who trapped them as a cat-sitter on occasion, so our guys get to visit their mom and a sibling or two once in awhile.

  • 7 month old kittens at Brooklyn AC&C

    http://tinyurl.com/27nrpq5

    http://tinyurl.com/28jcmos

    http://tinyurl.com/24sjzrh

    3 month old - Staten Island

    http://tinyurl.com/246tq6a

    7 month old - Manhattan

    http://tinyurl.com/22wd28o

    7 month olds - Harlem

    http://tinyurl.com/2blhs6u

    http://tinyurl.com/2cup3nk

    http://tinyurl.com/25kxkco

    http://tinyurl.com/22rnwys

    I know I'm shooting myself in the foot since I do cat rescue myself but go to AC&C. They actually euthanize kittens at our city shelters.

  • Just wanted to post our results : we tried going to the 5th Ave Cat Clinic who informed me that it's not "kitten season" and to check with a couple of different rescue shelters. We decided to just keep our eyes open in the neighborhood, look for signs, and peruse CraigsList.

    We found a wonderful 4 month old kitten on CL who was found trapped in the hood of a car in Brooklyn whose foster mom couldn't keep her. She's really awesome, and we're really happy!

    Thanks again for all of the suggestions!

  • Excellent! Congratulations on your new kitty, dare I say when kitty season does come up in a few months maybe she might get new sister to play with? (just hoping to save more kitties from the shelters)

    We'd love to see pictures of the kitty! Add them to the Brag Book:

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/brooklyn-pets/brag-book-whooza-widdle-fuzza-wuzzah/page/23

  • Also consider getting two kittens as they do better socially in pairs. They learn better socialization skills, dont get lonely when your not home as they have each other and let your sleep as they play with each other instead of constantly pouncing on you in your sleep.

  • Alana said:

    Also consider getting two kittens as they do better socially in pairs.

    I totally agree with you on that one.

    Alana said:

    and let your sleep as they play with each other instead of constantly pouncing on you in your sleep.

    Ummm can you come teach that to my two ;)

  • Imagine if it was just the one.... and your toes... without the other one as distraction

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