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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
DH aint happy with the 2 gingers, because of a few reasons, the fleas, and they were it turns out once outdoor cats and we need indoor cats! are the basics!

and now we have an extra slight prob and dont know what to do!!!

He has been offered a BSH kitten, from the family Henry came from, They dont want much for him, as we had Henry and like to see kittens go to good homes and with each other, so have offered a huge discount,
DH wants to accept but Im not sure,

this is the lik darling in question, thing is if we say yes these two gingers cant stay! We dont have the room! He wants to say yes and let his family take the 2 gingers, but Im not sure isnt that cruel?




post #2 of 23
In a way I agree with your hubby.

I think if you let his family have the little gingys, then you can still see them, and it wouldn't really be classed as cruel because you're not exactly throwing them out on the streets

I also think you should take the new baby, because he/she can be an indoor cat, whereas the little gingys are used to the outdoors.

I'd go with the little one, as then you get the best of both worlds and you can still see the other 2!

or did you mean the kitten's family, not your DH's?

Either way, you shouldn't feel guilty as they'd have a home to go to. And 2's company, 3's a crowd, and you may find Henry will bond better with just 1 than 2.
post #3 of 23
Do these people definitely want the two kittens though, or would they be passing them on?.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Do these people definitely want the two kittens though, or would they be passing them on?.

DHs family have said they would take the 2 gingers,

(sorry for the confusion!)
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by gothic~mermaid View Post
DHs family have said they would take the 2 gingers,

(sorry for the confusion!)
IMO in that case you should have the little one

Don't forget you'll still be able to see them!

Is the little grey one a boy or a girl?
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
a lil boy! and hes sooo cute!
post #7 of 23
Awwwwwwww

Thought of any names? He looks so cute and fuzzy!



But I think Henry has won Number 1 for cuteness though, bless his

and BTW, how did the hamster hunting go?
post #8 of 23
He is adorable, but how attached to you are the two you already have? M.H.O. is keep the two you have, the fleas can be treated, they can and will learn to be indoor only cats. The more animals are suffled around the harder it is on them. Yes he is cute but I am a believer in keeping to your commitment. My Levi & Jordan were both found outside, they are 100% indoor cats now. It may take a little work to ignore their please to go out, but they will learn. My last cat Smokey was born & raised in a barn the first 8 weeks of her life. The first few months were hard, but she quickly learned that our home was her territory and she stoped trying to get out.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
M.H.O. is keep the two you have, the fleas can be treated, they can and will learn to be indoor only cats. The more animals are suffled around the harder it is on them.
Plus their young and they'll adapt quickly to being inside. Either way the house will still have to be sprayed for the fleas. I bonded with my 3 as soon as i looked at them, and i couldn't let them go

If you havent got room for 3 are you really sure you have room for 2?.
post #10 of 23
My Gizmo was a mostly outdoor cat for almost 3 years before we got him, now he's happily an indoor only cat (we've had him for 9 monhts now) so i do belive you can get them used to being indoors only, I just made srue I had a very enriching environment for him, and made sure he has access to look outside whenever he wants, so far, so good!

Good luck with all your decision making!!!
post #11 of 23
The little ginger cats are still kittens and will without a doubt adjust to being inside. Someone needs to treat them for fleas ASAP. With fleas comes worms and this will deteriorate a cat/kittens health.

Its sad that these ginger cats wont have the opportunity to live inside. Is there anyway they will be allowed that at the new home?

Please whatever you decide treat them for fleas and worms, but go through the vet and not from the store and not with flea collars (they can be toxic to cats).
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Either way the house will still have to be sprayed for the fleas.
This is so true. If you have carpet in your home, especially, you will need to treat for fleas, but please make sure you did it in a way that wont be harmful to cats. Henry needs to be checked for fleas, too.
post #13 of 23
I've had plenty of outdoor cats become indoor cats. There's no reason they can't.

You've already brought home the two ginger kitties, keep them.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I've had plenty of outdoor cats become indoor cats. There's no reason they can't.

You've already brought home the two ginger kitties, keep them.
I agree with that completely! I've taken in stray cats and they have lived happily with me inside.

And animals aren't disposable. It's not right to adopt them and turn them out because "something better" comes along IMHO adopting a pet is a life long commitment.
post #15 of 23
As others have said, you're going to have to treat for fleas now anyway, and it really shouldn't be difficult to convert young kittens into living indoors only. Is it possible that your DH is truly upset because he didn't have input into the selection of the ginger kittens? (I brought home a cat once without consulting my DH first, and I know he was NOT happy about it.) I wouldn't rush into making any decisions about rehoming anyone or bringing home any more kitties just yet. Take care of the flea treatments and give DH an opportunity to get to know the ginger kitties, and maybe he will change his mind. I hope it all works out.
post #16 of 23
I'm not going to pass any judgement. If you can give all the kitties good homes, then so be it. The fleas are a bigger concern. As others have noted get rid of the fleas ASAP they can make kittens very sick (and they're gross)
post #17 of 23
Every single one of my cats (with the exception of the ones that were born here), were all outdoor cats when I got them. Kittens adjust to being indoors VERY quickly, and even most adults eventually adjust to it as well. If it were me, I would keep the two that you originally adopted. Fleas are easily treated!
post #18 of 23
if you can't keep all 4 [that's what i'd want ] then i'd keep the 2 ginger ones, myself. Henry already knows them, they're already at home w/him - who knows what might happen w/a different kitten [might be ok, might not].
Java, Cable, Chip & Firefox were all outside/stray cats at some time during their lives [altho Cable & Firefox were still very young]. all 4 have adjusted easily to indoor only life - only Java has ever intentionally left the house, & that one time she was very unsure what do to after she got out! they don't even attempt to 'rush' the door - Java only got out because i left the door ajar one morning when i went out to feed the ferals [ bad meowmy!].
all the flea advice is right on target, too.
post #19 of 23
Let me make sure I got this right. If the gingers go to his family, and you get a brother to the adorable Henry, everybody gets a home and you will still be able to see them? I can't see the problem, except I have such a soft spot for gingers.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2 View Post
Let me make sure I got this right. If the gingers go to his family, and you get a brother to the adorable Henry, everybody gets a home and you will still be able to see them? I can't see the problem, except I have such a soft spot for gingers.
thats pretty much it! And with his family they would still be able to go out doors, they are about 4 and half months old

thanks for all your input Ill be showing DH this thread later, hes a bit biased he has a thing for blue kittens!! hence why hes swaying and wants his family to have the gingers!!
Ooo such a difficult thing!

As for fleas again thanks for the advice, we have done the whole house, & bathed them all in defleaing stuff, Ill defo try the collar in the hoover trick,
post #21 of 23
shinobi was found in a graveyard at 12 weeks old, so was an outdoor kitten. however, since we got him at 16 weeks we discovered that he is absolutely terrified of being outside. if you open the front door he runs away and is still, at 14 months old, very nervous of strangers.

so just because a cat was found outside doesn't mean they are outside cats.

i would keep the gingers (me and my dh are silly over gingers so that would sway him anyway!)
post #22 of 23
Go with your heart.

If I haven't read between the lines wrongly, your DH and yourself are both swaying toward taking in the little Brit Blue (he's gorgeous btw, which kitten isn't, though?) and pass the 2 ginger boys to your DH's family.

I'd say that would be a good move, though, do try to convince your DH's family that keeping the two boys INDOORS is definitely better than letting them out and risking all that comes with being outside.

IMO, learning that lesson only when a cat is run over by a car or poisoned is learning that lesson one cat too late.
post #23 of 23
I personally think you should keep the ginger kittens. There is no reason they cannot be indoor cats. We have taken in cats from as old as a year who were outdoor cats and adjusted fine to being indoors. 4 month old kittens will not have a problem with being indoors. (No reason to rehome IMO)
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