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Kittens... - Berwyn,IL

I am looking to get a kitten for my daughter....anyone know the best way to get one that isnt full of disease or parasites....i want us to start fresh with a baby....thanks!!!

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I would go the local shelter. Take it to the vet on the way home and you will be set and saving a life

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Call your local vet or shelter!

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Call your local vet or animal shelter/Humane Society. Realize that virtually every kitten has some kind of intestinal parasite (they pick them up from the mom from nursing) but they should be automatically treated accordingly - then once you decide on a kitten, get it checked out at the vet right away, and have a stool exam done on it to double-check for parasites (you can't tell just looking at it!).

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I got a kitten-now 5 yrs old--by looking on Pet Finder. The woman had the mom and dad so I was able to see their health. I stayed there watching the cats for about half hour before picking one. She was very healthy. No matter where you go, make sure you check the eyes (clear and no discharge though kittens can get food on their faces), clean ears,no sores on their skin, clean paws with no scratches or bumps, clean nose with no discharge. Their fur should be very soft, almost downy, if they are 8 weeks or younger. That is when it might start to thicken a bit. You can check for fleas on the belly since that fur is usually the thinnest. A baby will not be ready for shots until about 6 months, depending on the vet. But you can take to the vet for a well kitten checkup for about $30. I like Dunkin vet clinic on Laramie in Cicero. In my experience they are honest and fair priced. Regardless how healthy a pet is, things can happen that don't show for a long time. Don't let this discourage you.

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Even those who breed specialty animals - the kittens and puppies will still have worms. Worms hibernate in an animal's body but always seem to find their way to the developing fetus' body.

Kittens are great - and don't forget to baby proof your home for the kitten too - they also get into everything.

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Go to your local shelter. At least at my local shelter, all cats & dogs are spayed or neutered before they're offered for adoption and that is included in the adoption fee. They've also usually had a round of shots. So that's really the best way to go.

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Shelter or Humane Society. Please don't buy one from a pet store.

When we went to the HS, they had actually judged the cats and there were a few we could not adopt because dd wasn't old enough (she's 5) and these were more aggressivly playful kittens.

I also suggest looking at an older "kitten". The one we saved was between 8-12 months (vet not sure so they gave her a 10 month birthday). This made her body more solid for when my kiddo was handling her. Plus, her baby kitten razor claws were gone and it was just regular claws. And they are still kittens at that age.

Shelters and the HS also have the cats to the vets. Most of them are also fixed.

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I would go the local shelter. Take it to the vet on the way home and you will be set and saving a life

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Everyone is saying the SPCA, and I agree!! Did you know you can even find purebred kittens there? Our younger cat is a purebred Ragdoll, and the breeder brought her and her mother in to the SPCA because the mother kept having babies that were the wrong color! (That broke my heart.) Anyway, we have a wonderful "wrong color" Ragdoll who is the sweetest kitty ever. She lets the kids dress her in doll clothes and will happily ride around in a baby doll stroller or sit still at a tea party of 5 year olds - just an amazing companion to our girls. Our kitten was in the SPCA for all of 10 minutes before we grabbed her up and took her home, and yes, she still had ear mites and had to be de-wormed. It was really no big deal at all, they did the de-worming before we even left the SPCA, and they also gave us ear drops for her. She was good as new and healthy as could be. I wholeheartedly recommend the SPCA for any pet - dogs, cats, hamsters... they have been really wonderful in my experience for finding the right pet for the right family.

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