Originally Posted by Charmed654321
How old is Greta?
Have you tried also contacting the local no-kill rescue groups? They are very thorough when the investigate and visit people, and do make sure the kittens go into appropriate homes. Can't hurt to have others looking also.
Do you think your daughter is old enough to understand the concent of growing up and having your own family as she will one day? If she can understand that, perhaps that might help her not only accept it, but be part of "sending Greta off" to her new family and life, the way she will one day when she grows up. If she can understand and handle that, perhaps she can help pack a little "suitcase" for greta (a favorite toy, towel, a bag of semi-used litter to help the new owners get the kitten to use the new litterbox), a little bag or can of food she's accustomed to, a card saying goodbye that you can help her write and sign everyone in the family's name to, including the Boxer. It will still be sad, but perhaps it will also give her a way to actively partipate in a positive way, and see it as not just saying goodbye or feeling she was abandoned or the kitten just taken from her. I know she's young, but maybe it might be a way of giving her the feeling she's doing something for Greta and will always be a part of Greta's life because she helped give her a good start in her new life.
Just a thought.
Gretta will be 7 weeks old Wed. or Thurs. I am going to put the flyers up then, and I figure she will be almost 8 weeks by the time she leaves. She is well adjusted to us (plays and snuggles) and the dog, and would like to be with the older cats (watching a 1.5-2 lb kitten chase a 10 lb cat out of the room is too funny
! The big chicken! The others -who have had kittens- just ignore her).
We have one group that I am planning on calling-they may do a courtesy listing for me-as far as I know (and believe me, I looked at A LOT of shelters, here and in neighboring states when looking for our Boxer this year
) there just aren't any or many "no kill" shelters around here.
I am planning on giving Gretta's new parents her favorite toy, a washcloth that she sleeps with (that smells like me and home), her kitten food, her kitten litter pan-plastic shoe box with lid
(to put in her new litter box), leftover catlitter, and glove toy (we wear that when she wants to roughouse so she isn't biting our hands). I am also inquiring into purchasing a spay certificate that they will have to pay me back for, so that I know I have someone serious about taking care of her and getting her fixed. We'll see!
I don't think my daughter is old enough to get the leaving home part, but I am going to try to relate it to her 3 yr old and 1 yr old cousins coming to stay the weekend, but having to go home with their parents. I think she will be alright, but the other cats better look out-all the more attention for them
! I think I am going to try to build it up as an exciting thing for Gretta, so she can be excited for her.
I did have a few people call and give me updates on the kittens they got from us, and it was really nice, especially as one of them was my favorite (he was a Christmas present for a little girl and I got to keep him an extra month