Free Kittens to Good Home
By Shelley Thayer, Executive Director, Cat Depot
It's “kitten season,” and classified ads, web sites and even humane organizations are touting FREE kittens to good homes.
If you are considering a free kitten or cat, keep in mind that age-old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Depending on where your kitten comes from, FREE may come with a hidden price tag that could translate into several costly trips to your local veterinarian for necessary tests and vaccines.
Kittens are adorable and will grow up to become lifelong companions, providing years of enjoyment and unconditional love. In return, they deserve your commitment to provide appropriate care, and that begins in the first few weeks of life.
Know the Facts
At Cat Depot, proper care means:
• A complete veterinary exam
• Sterilization—spay (female) or neuter(male)
• A lifesaving microchipFlea treatment
• FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) test
• FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) test
• Heartworm test
• Ear mites test
• Fecal test for Coccidia and Giardia (parasites)
• FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) vaccine
• FVCRP Booster one
• FVCRP Booster two
• Rabies vaccine
The total kitten package at Cat Depot
is a bargain at $100.00. And this price also includes return visits, after adoption, to receive essential boosters that are not always offered by humane welfare groups. These boosters eliminate two separate trips to your veterinarian, and the last booster is given at 16 weeks of age.
Bringing Your New Kitten Home
If you adopt a free kitten, keep it separated from your current pets until after he or she visits the veterinarian. Remember to wash your hands after handling your kitten. And avoid clothing contact from your kitten to your other pets until your kitten has been given an “all clear” by a veterinarian.
Healthy kittens can be sterilized at 2 pounds and 8 weeks of age. They also can begin their series of vaccines that will start them off on a positive and healthy future.
Every kitten deserves a chance at a healthy and happy life. So, whether you answer an ad for a free kitten, find an orphaned cat
or decide to adopt from a local shelter, understand the costs, and make the financial decision that is right for you.
Thank you for saving a precious life this kitten season.