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Since being a fully fledged grown up Iíve never had a pet. We had cats as kids and whilst I have two human children of my own, I feel clueless about being a pet owner.

Weíd like two kittens.

Where do we get them from? Moggies will do... They donít need to be pedigree.
What are kitten running costs? Is pet insurance recommended?
We never had any special equipment (other than a mat and cat food bowl) when I had cats growing up in the 80s/90s but maybe times have changed and more stuff is now recommended (beds? Cushions? Scratchy tower things?)

My children are at school part-time/Swiss hours, husband at home, so thereís someone indoors for a large part of the day. We also have no plans for trips or holidays until February so the fact that we have a long run at home feels like a good time to go for it.

Anyway. All advice welcome! Thanks!
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Old 28.09.2018, 18:15
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My friend has some kittens he has no idea what to do with, if you like, send me a PM with a phone number and we'll go from here.


He is 78 years old, losing a bit his marbles and doesn't do computers....i can help as an intermediary.


Lives in Vevey region
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What are kitten running costs? Is pet insurance recommended?
It can be a lot.

We got kittens about a year ago and apart from routine vet visits for check-ups and jabs, one of ours had an x-ray on it's tail (don't ask what one of our children did) - luckily the cat was fine.
Another had a hospital stay for a couple of days last week as it picked up a bacterial infection (it probably would have died without the hospital stay, drip and successful prognosis (700 CHF).

We went the no insurance route. We'll know whether it was a wise decision I guess a couple of years from now.


Things have changed with cats as due to scientific study, people are much more aware of what cats like to eat (chocolate is not good for them, for example) , play and sleep. They like sleeping up high (like in trees), hence the cat towers.
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Thanks.

How much were outine vet appointments?

I saw insurance for chf 80-100 per year but need to look into whatís covered / what the franchise is, etc
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For that price, very little !


Depends what type of cat you want really, pedigree Siamese cats are probably going to cost far more in vet bills and fancy food than farm cats.


Farm cats are far more robust it seems, do you have a garden and are you planning to let the cats out to move freely ?


Sterilisation of a female cats costs around Chf 250-300.--


You can have every possible vaccination and blood test done on the cat, it will cost in excess of Chf 500.--. Our vet said it was a waste of money and unless the disease was prevalent in the area it was useless.



In case a disease does become evident, the vets send out warnings via email/sms/poste.


At the end of the day, it is a cat you are getting and whilst you need to look after it properly, there are limits.....
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Re: Kittens

Contact your local cat shelter. I'd always take a toilet trained cat over kittens. We didn't bother with pet insurance - for the premiums the benefits weren't worth it.
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I had pet insurance for my cat and i needed it. Little shit needed an operation that cost over 2k. With the insurance i paid only 500. Premius where about 100 per year
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I got vet insurance when they were still kittens to avoid having any conditions ruled out because they were pre-existing. Even if I never needed it for the one cat, I am glad to have it, Murphy's Law and all that.
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We have had so many cats and dogs since we got married in 71- all rescues. Never had insurance. If you can afford to put some money aside each month- or have some savings- it is just not worth it.
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