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I can't believe that would ever happen, TBH.
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It shouldn't happen, but too often does.
I was specifically, and only, referring to the point about people returning kittens to farms whence they'd come.

The rest of it, yes, it's tragic.
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Old 23.04.2020, 13:40
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Or they simply drown the unwanted ones!!

so you knew, when you took it back

Yes, it takes patience, calm, love and so much more, to raise an animal ...If you can't give that, you really should never have the privilege to share your life with one.

As for people who call themselves animal lovers and then dump their animals because they have 'outgrown them' - I have no words for them either. (well I do, but they are not printable).

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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

Most kittens are born in May, so it.could be July until you get one.
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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

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Or they simply drown the unwanted ones!!

so you knew, when you took it back

Yes, it takes patience, calm, love and so much more, to raise an animal ...If you can't give that, you really should never have the privilege to share your life with one.

As for people who call themselves animal lovers and then dump their animals because they have 'outgrown them' - I have no words for them either. (well I do, but they are not printable).

if you have a wild cat at home with children it can be very dangerous. a cats bite can easily turn VERY bad.
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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

Around August last year, a tiny, malnourished month old kitten walked in to our house, likely from the nearby farm. Clearly no mum, in very bad shape. She had absolutely no understanding of litterbox, and the fact that the resident house cat hated her did not help either. Plus poor nutrition meant that she had very little gut flora (= extremely smelly and loose poop and stinky fur). and terrified of everything.

We have walked such a long way with that kitten, but today, I am happy we did. Not everyone will probably have the patience and time. I am very patient when it comes to animals.

First was the months of giving her Purina MultiFlora which helped heal her gut and firm up the poop. We are lucky to have one room which we could dedicate to her, and cover every surface with plastic (was easier to clear the pee and poop).

After she outgrew that room, we couldnot let her in the house unsupervised (we both work full time and the house is open plan). So we will let her in during the time we were home, she used to be locked up in the guest bathroom overnight and during the day, we put up a heated temp controlled box for her in the balcony. I had 5 litter boxes in two floors and still had accidents.

The number of times we had to wash the blankets (imagine waking up with a stream of hot pee on yourself), the sofa covers and other things because she couldnt control her poop or peed to mark her territory, I have lost count. We could leave absolutely nothing on the floor, or she will pee, for months.

Things have finally changed in the last one month, she is allowed up in our bed and proven herself to be an absolute darling. She has her own routine, when to go out, when to return for lunch and when to return for dinner. Makes good use of the flap.

She is still a skittish girl and doesnt do well with children. On the other hand, i see neighbor's cat who they got from a regular house and that cat has not one stranger danger bone in her body. Right now, she is sitting in the middle of the lawn while the neighbor's kids are playing footbal around her.
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Bravo- and brilliant. Kittens don't mix well with children, farm or otherwise- unless the parents teach them from the very start that they are not toys, that they hurt if picked up the wrong way, and to read the signs of when enough is enough, etc.

We adopted a wild kitten a couple of months before our first daughter was born. They became the very best of friends- spending hours in a large cardboard box with cushions. But we taught daughter how to behave, to never pick up the cat until she was old and big enough to do so safely and without pain, etc, etc. Our last cat was wild and with a leg hanging off which later dropped and left a badly infected stump. It took me a whole month just to accept me sitting on the kitchen step whilst he fed 3 metres away- and more until I could touch him with the tips of fingers and then get him in the house days before it started snowing- and to the vets to get that stump amputated.

He didn't know how to purr - took him months to finally, tentatively, purr. And now he purrs like the best of them and is adorable. It takes time, it takes patience, and more. And it is 1000000000x worth it. If you can't be asked (my spelling) - don't get a pet, cat or otherwise. You don't deserve it.
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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

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Or they simply drown the unwanted ones!!

so you knew, when you took it back

Yes, it takes patience, calm, love and so much more, to raise an animal ...If you can't give that, you really should never have the privilege to share your life with one.

As for people who call themselves animal lovers and then dump their animals because they have 'outgrown them' - I have no words for them either. (well I do, but they are not printable).
Just to tell you we got another cat after that one. And he got all the love and attention he deserved for 15 years.

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Old 24.04.2020, 18:25
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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

He looks lovely and very happy - but every cat deserves that.

I've witnessed the alternative on farms - against my wishes. Got my arm broken in the process when I was a kid - fighting with a boy 3 times my size. So I won't apologise for having very strong feelings on the subject. And it happens all the time ... so I could not ever have taken a kitten back - would have found an alternative- like a reputable refuge where it would have got the necessary socialising and future home.

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Just to tell you we got another cat after that one. And he got all the love and attention he deserved for 15 years.

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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

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Bravo- and brilliant. Kittens don't mix well with children, farm or otherwise- unless the parents teach them from the very start that they are not toys, that they hurt if picked up the wrong way, and to read the signs of when enough is enough, etc.

We adopted a wild kitten a couple of months before our first daughter was born. They became the very best of friends- spending hours in a large cardboard box with cushions. But we taught daughter how to behave, to never pick up the cat until she was old and big enough to do so safely and without pain, etc, etc. Our last cat was wild and with a leg hanging off which later dropped and left a badly infected stump. It took me a whole month just to accept me sitting on the kitchen step whilst he fed 3 metres away- and more until I could touch him with the tips of fingers and then get him in the house days before it started snowing- and to the vets to get that stump amputated.

He didn't know how to purr - took him months to finally, tentatively, purr. And now he purrs like the best of them and is adorable. It takes time, it takes patience, and more. And it is 1000000000x worth it. If you can't be asked (my spelling) - don't get a pet, cat or otherwise. You don't deserve it.
Itís just so rewarding at the end of it. Building up and honoring the trust is so fundamental (actually like all other relationships).
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Did you assemble your cat wrong? The upper limbs and lower limbs are pointing in different directions. You must call the manufacturer and ask for a refund. This is why I only get fully assembled cats.
Our cat looks a bit 'wrong' - but he had to disassemble him after we got him- but he is fine with one leg at the front.
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Did you assemble your cat wrong? The upper limbs and lower limbs are pointing in different directions. You must call the manufacturer and ask for a refund. This is why I only get fully assembled cats.
Everything OK. He's just a very laid back cat. The only thing that is missing is his tail. It had to be cut off when he was young

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Most kittens are born in May, so it.could be July until you get one.
Not necessarily, kitten season can start as early as March. The important thing is to make sure that the kitten has spent enough time with it's mother to learn how to cat. Generally, at least ten weeks is recommended, preferably twelve.

Farmers will of course want them out as quickly as possible once they've started eating solid food, so will often give them away at 8 weeks or even less. This may lead to the kitten not being quite right and doing things like suckle on carpets or your clothes to soothe themselves.

Be sure not to inadvertently support "Vermehrer" (Propagaters), people who refuse to spay/neuter their pets and just keep letting them have more and more kittens. I understand why farmers may want to maintain a self-renewing resource but unless you are an accredited breeder, you should not be adding to the thousands of unwanted animals in shelters and roaming outdoors.
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Re: Desperately looking to adopt kitten/kittens

I know a family with several 2 weeks old kittens- they're available for adoption mid-summer. If interested, send me a PM.
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Re: Looking to adopt two Kittens

Hello. If you are still looking, I was at the vet yesterday and they have a board where people post cats/kittens who need homes. There were at least 10 notices up - some kittens, some adult cats. Ennetseeklinik in Cham. http://www.ennetseeklinik.ch/ It's worth calling... even with the coronavirus they are open for emergencies and would likely allow you to go in and take a look. I suspect other vets might have notice boards as well.
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https://www.facebook.com/SwissAnimalRescueAssn/

Talk to these folks.
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Re: Looking to adopt two Kittens

I realise I don't know where you are located, but it is worth checking with any local vets.
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In need of a kitten

I am interested in rescuing a kitten, so that she can rescue me!
Any advice on where to go in the greater Zurich area and what pitfalls I may encounter are appreciated.
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Have you ever cared for a kitten before ? Got permission from your landlord to have one ? Ready for the vet bills and damage bills ?



Plenty of cats need rescuing at the Tierheim.

https://www.zuerchertierschutz.ch/tierheim.html
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Kittens should be adopted as pairs so they can keep each other company. Please read through all the information on the site that Swisspea linked to.
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