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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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should I keep him/her

Hi, I am after a little advice please! Last night my mom and I found a kitten wandering around late at night. The poor little kitty is obviously lost because he/she is well cared for but I think too young to be outdoors yet. I took kitty home to my flat and posted notices all around the area. I am hoping that a loving owner will be found. However, if not, one of my moms neighbours has said she will take kitty home. She already has 3 cats and lives in a house. The problem is this: when it was a choice between keeping a cat in a high rise flat with only a balcony (I would put up netting or mesh accross the balcony so kitty would get fresh air but not be able to get over it!) or the RSPCA, the choice was not so hard as myself and my 9 year old son have fallen madly, deeply in love with him/her (if I keep it I must get it sexed!!!), but now someone with a big house and garden have offered to take her, it just doesnt seem fair to keep a cat who must always stay indoors (other than balcony) in preference to letting her live where she can roam outside in the garden and round about. I will keep her anyway for a few days, until I am certain no-one will claim her, but I am really fretting about what I should do afterwards. Can anyone give me any helpful advice on which is REALLY the best option for this beautiful and loving little sweet kitten please? Thankyou very much and best wishes from Pauline
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 10:29 AM
 
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If your mother's friend allows her cats to "roam outside" than the best place for the kitten is with you. Inside really is better for a cat. Also, not all cats will enjoy living with other cats and a large group living together can cause stress for them all.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thankyou for your reply Rayona. I always assumed (because so many cats do it!) that cats were meant to roam around outside!! I am really glad to know that keeping a cat indoors is not cruel. If no-one claims our little kitty, then me and my son Karl will be having a new and lovely addition to our family! Best wishes from Pauline.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 01:57 PM
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I dont think its cruel to only let it out on the balcony. I have an apt and let them get some air on the balcony but besides your moms friends has many cats and I'm sure this kitty will like having all your attention on them. If you decide to keep it, who knows, you may get another kitten to keep that one company!
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Thanks to both pepper and kitkat. After your advice, I have decided that so long as no owner claims her within the next few days we are keeping her. Hurrah! My 9 yr old son Karl is overjoyed - and so am I. He has asked if we can call her (or him!) Sparky. It is also great to know that there is always this forum I can turn to if I need any advice while she is growing up! You are all lovely, friendly people and your advice has really helped me to make my decision. A million thanks and best wishes to you all. Pauline
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 05:47 PM
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Of course if you get to keep the kitty, we would all love to see pictures.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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HI, I have just posted a photo of kitty(hopefully soon to be ours and named Sparky!) It is under the keywords new family member Sparky? She is a real cutie!
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Can't find where the picture is.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-15-2003, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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I also put Hopefully soon to be ours! (I'm pretty new to posting photos, so maybe that's what it's under. It's there somewhere, because kitcat saw it. Hope that helps?
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