How To Pick The Right Kitten

They're all totally perfect, but who's best for YOU? 🤔😽

how to pick the right kitten for you

To be clear, there’s no such thing as a “wrong” kitten.

But when you’re looking to add a little fluff ball in your life, you’re going to want to make sure it’s a good match for you both.

The Dodo spoke with Mary Shaughnessy, founding member of Kitt Crusaders in Los Angeles, to learn how to find the right kitten for you.

Is the kitten right for you?

“Think about your lifestyle,” Shaugnessy told The Dodo.

Kittens are a big commitment, and require a ton of attention and care.

“Are you home enough to take care of a very young kitten? They need to eat at least every four hours,” Shaughnessy said.

You might also want to get a cat whose lifestyle will complement yours, but since kittens are young and still developing, it can be tough to tell if your personalities will still align as he gets older. (A problem you won’t have if you adopt an older cat.)

So, you kind of can’t tell right a way if a kitten is your “perfect match.”

If you really want a kitten, you just have to make sure you’re willing to accept whatever kind of cat he grows up to be — in other words, stay super flexible and love him for who he is. 

Are you right for the kitten?

Even more important is making sure your home is right for your kitten.

“Consider your living area,” Shaughnessy explained. “Are your windows [and/or] screens secure? Are there open vents or fireplaces that need to be blocked to prevent the cat from hiding, getting out or getting stuck?”

You should also make sure you’re financially prepared for a kitten, and that you can spare the time and money to handle any medical issues that come up. 

Is the right kitten actually two kittens?

Because kittens require so much time and attention, you might even want to consider getting two of them, especially if you aren’t home a ton.

“If you are not home for many hours at a time, you might want to consider getting a pair of kittens,” Shaughnessy said. “Kittens can keep themselves entertained and are often less anxious when they are in pairs.”

If money is a major concern, this might not be the option for you since your food, litter and vet costs will increase.

But when it comes to caring for them, cats can be pretty good about sharing spaces (especially if they’ve bonded with each other).

“It’s just as easy to care for two as it is for one since they will share a litter box and can eat the same food at the same time,” Shaughnessy said.

The best part about adopting a pair of kittens: double the love!

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