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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi, I'm new here, I only have one kitty at the moment ( Who actually IS Crickit). Our 17 year old died last July. We are ready this year for a kitten, we will either get one at our local shelter or from a private owner but I have an odd question.... is there a way you can tell if a kitten will be on the smaller side? We have had a 20 lb. cat and also smaller ones, Crickit is only 8 lbs., and I really prefer a small one. I realize females are smaller, we are looking for a female anyway, and I know about the small paws indicating a small cat, but is there any other way? I know our vet told us when Crickit was a kitten that she would be small, and he was right, I didn't think to ask him how he could tell. If you have any pointers I would really appreciate it!
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Well if you're adopting from a shelter, you could always get an adult that's already grown and IS small... that way you don't have any surprises, you know how big they'll be, and their personalities are already developed, unlike a kitten, who goes through a whole PILE of changes!

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someone told me that because Milan's nose is wide she'll be a big kitty (she's only 9month old) whereas Addie is about 2 years old and only 6 pounds.....sometimes you can tell by bone structure...if they are built petite or as my friend puts it beefy.

*shrug* or like it was suggested....get an adult cat who's petite.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 11:31 PM
 
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I am mom to six cats, and it seems like the kittens with big paws grow into big cats. If they paws are tiny, they stay small. No scientific fact to back this up, just experience.
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I love my cat! I adopted her a year ago so I knew her size and it was during kitten season so I had the choice to pick a kitty but I wanted to know what I was really getting. Baby Kitty is only 6 lbs hence her name and I love it. She lays on my while I sleep and I never ever notice.
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That's a good idea about an older cat- trouble is, hubby will only let me have 2 cats at a time, if I could adopt more I would consider some adults. But I love kittens so much, I feel going thru kittenhood with them is one of the greatest joys in life. I would hate to miss it. I can also train them to grow up in our household's habits, etc. I DID adopt an adult once, I won't go into details, but it was a very bad experience, so I'm afraid I won't be doing that.
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My 2 small cat were both the runt of their litter. Perhaps if you find some that are all one litter and the shelter knows that one was the runt? You could also get one that is more or less a teenager. Not quite out of kittenhood, but not yet an adult. You will still have plenty of kitten time, but will have a better idea of how big it will be.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 02:16 AM
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That's a good idea about an older cat- trouble is, hubby will only let me have 2 cats at a time, if I could adopt more I would consider some adults. But I love kittens so much, I feel going thru kittenhood with them is one of the greatest joys in life. I would hate to miss it. I can also train them to grow up in our household's habits, etc. I DID adopt an adult once, I won't go into details, but it was a very bad experience, so I'm afraid I won't be doing that.
What about getting a kitten that's about 6-8 months old? That way you can kinda tell if it's going to be small, and yet it is still a kitten so you wouldn't really miss those formative years that you want to be there for.

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That's a good idea about an older cat- trouble is, hubby will only let me have 2 cats at a time, if I could adopt more I would consider some adults. But I love kittens so much, I feel going thru kittenhood with them is one of the greatest joys in life. I would hate to miss it. I can also train them to grow up in our household's habits, etc. I DID adopt an adult once, I won't go into details, but it was a very bad experience, so I'm afraid I won't be doing that.
What about getting a kitten that's about 6-8 months old? That way you can kinda tell if it's going to be small, and yet it is still a kitten so you wouldn't really miss those formative years that you want to be there for.
This is a great Idea all of mine where this age with the exception of Connor who was 10 months, and still very kittenish in his behavior. I think it is much nicer then going with a cat already set in it ways. Just my personal belief, but I love the little ones too, but they tend to scratch and bite much more then the older kittens do.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, everyone, those are some things to consider. I'll let you know when I find my future "baby"! ( I have to figure out how to post some pics by then!)
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