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Rehoming kittens

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi,

My kittens are only 3 weeks now but thinking onwards to when i rehome them at around 8-10 wks.

I am in the UK, i put am advert on thekittenlist.co.uk and not sure on how else to advertise as i want to eliminate any 'passers by' who make a spur decision to get a cat.

I have put a £50 price on them to stop anyone taking them for reasons other than pets,

I'm not sure on how else to go about it as i'm wanting to be pretty fussy on there new owners.

Thanks
Philippa
post #2 of 17
Well I have no idea how to translate that amount of money you listed. I think it is just a little more then 50 in our dollars but I dunno whatever. That isn't the point.


Advertize carefully, say what kind of owner you are looking for but don't sound ridiculous. I would keep then until 10-12 weeks because the 8-12 week period is a great time for the mother cat to teach them manners and social skills. Also please either spay or neuter them first preferably or else do something to follow through and make sure the new owners do it. Whether it be to ask them about their vet and set the appointment up for them at their day of choice or somehting, anything but it is up to you to make sure it gets done...

Stick to the adoption fee but get some vet work done first and then maybe charge accordingly...
post #3 of 17
Hi,

Here are some pointers for you..

http://www.about-kittens.com/625/Found_a_homeless_cat

hope it helps..
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi thanks for your help.
£50 is about $85-$90 i think

Thanks for your help, there are so many people after free cats and it worries me that is you cannot afford the fee to start with what happens if the kitten is taken ill, a vets appointment is very costly.
post #5 of 17
I'd keep them till 10-12 weeks old if possible - better for them

And you can "justify" the price on them by saying it goes to the cost of getting mom spayed. Or possibly saying that the new owners could get half of the money back once they bring you proof the kitten is spayed/neutered.

I'd also take a few pictures of the kittens and put it on some ads for the grocery stores. We did that and found homes with no problems - met the people and they paid for the kittens with no questions.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
I know of loads of people that would have one.
I just am really worrying about them getting good homes, there are so many people get kittens as they are cute and 5 minute wonders.

I have said in my ad that is what money will be used for which is totally true i would never want profit for them. .

How far can i vet people who want one?

I have turned a few people down as they lived in a bad part of town and also it was a gift for a child.
post #7 of 17
IMO £50 is way too much to ask.most people would not pay that much for a kitten and then shell out for nutering and vaccination, worming and flea treatment. there is nothign wrong with giving a kitten away for free. i did with all 4 of mine. i vetted the homs my self , took vet references and i also offerd to take the kittens back at any point in there life it it didnt work out. i also wormed and flea treated the kittens and they all went with a sample of there food and something that smelt of there mother. they wen't in pairs of 2, and i get regular updates.

people who have that kind of money are going to be intrested in local charities where the adpotion fee covers spay, vaccinations , worming anf flea treatment and microchipping. or pay a bit more for a pedigree.

i did not charge a fee for my kittens as i rathered the owner spent the money on vaccination and spaying/nuetering instead.

also as my litter was the reasult of an accident i woudl feel guilty making money out of it. surely if you must charge, it shoudl just be a nominal fee, and you do the home work. charging a fee dosnt mean a better home. there are a lot of peopel out there with money to burn. all my kits went to family homes, with children who where all animals lovers.
post #8 of 17
What do rescues near you charge? The charity I foster for charges £35 for a kitten - and that includes spaying if you take them to our vet at the right time. And our CP branch used to charge £25.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
PussyGalore i resent your remarks i am on here just asking for advice not to have mud slung.
They are going to be vaccinated, de-flea and wormed.

I AM NOT MAKING PROFIT! How dare you

The kittens are half bengal and i live in Edinburgh and kittens are at a shortage i paid £65 for mine.

There are people here at the moment using cheap or free kittens as greyhound bait.

The local rescues seldom have kittens.

All i am wanting is a good home for my kittens and not the end up being ripped apart by greyhounds.
post #10 of 17
i appoligise, i was only going by the info given in your post, and it said nothign about having them vaccinated , flea treated or anything else. neither did it say they where of anything other than a moggy. i live near yorkshire and many peopel round here advertise moggies for silly prices just to line there pockets. it makes me sick really, becasue these people then go on to allo wthere queen to have more litters. also having worked as a vet nurse for many years as well as doing volentery work for a few well known charities, i cant agree with your statement that there are a shortage of half bred moggies around!

a vaccination course is 50 pounds , frountlind ranges from 15 + however you do get a free sample in the kitten pack, and so really you woudl then be looking at some wormer all in all the lot probably costing no more than 60 pounds.

if you are really letting your kittens go after all this being done then i commend you, and had you of said that in your first post i woudl not of answerd the way i did.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by booktigger
What do rescues near you charge? The charity I foster for charges £35 for a kitten - and that includes spaying if you take them to our vet at the right time. And our CP branch used to charge £25.
around those prices, but obviously for that at least the cat would be spayed and vaccinated .
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Its fine.

There are just so many bad people about and it would make me sick to let one of these guys go to a less than perfect home.

I will lose money from having them but my concern is there happiness.

My cat escaped shortly before her spay appointment and found a mate thankfully is a stunning bengal.
Only 3 kittens born and keeping one myself so just 2 for sale fingers crossed they find great homes
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Philippa83
Its fine.

There are just so many bad people about and it would make me sick to let one of these guys go to a less than perfect home.

I will lose money from having them but my concern is there happiness.

My cat escaped shortly before her spay appointment and found a mate thankfully is a stunning bengal.
Only 3 kittens born and keeping one myself so just 2 for sale fingers crossed they find great homes
You may even want to try to place the 2 together as littermates. I would certainly charge a fee...but I would also follow up to ensure they are spayed/neutered. No reason for these little ones to have litters of their own.

Katie
post #14 of 17
It is a worry. I live in a rough area and I had so many people interested in my kittens .everyone round here seems to want kittens! At first I had planned on keeping them all. However a good friend of mine who lives 2 doors up lost a cat to old age just before Xmas and they where looking for another. There cats are completely housebound. They never go out. They already had 2 youngsters and I could see they where very happy. Her daughter and husband all spent time with them. So I did not hesitate when she asked if she could possibly take one off my hands. She did offer me a tenner, witch I told her to keep and buy something nice for the kitten with. Then 3 days later she asked if she could take on a litter mate as she felt 3 was a crowd and so she has my 2 girls! And they are so happy and I get to see them!

I had two boys left and was then approached by a friend of a friend who was after a kitten as was happy for 2 to go together. They lived in a better area with a huge mature garden and both boys are now there.

Don’t be dissuaded by people in bad areas or those with little money. Because by doing so you could be passing up a good home. I don’t work as I care for my disabled daughter full time. However I’m sure I’m more than able to offer a good home. It has never stopped people coming to me when they needed a home for there animals. My husband actually works two jobs to make up for the down fall of me not working. We had horses for many years and at the moment we have 3 cats and 3 dogs. One of witch was from the rspca and they did not question my ability to afford animals after seeing what good health and condition my animals are in and also how happy they are. When I worked in the vets in fact it was usually those with more money that had animals with more problems behaviourally, because they seemed to have the you can buy anything to make it right attitude. Not saying that is true to everyone. I think that if you want to charge an adoption fee that’s fine. But don’t drop your guard just because someone can afford X amount of money, still vet them as much as you possibly can.
post #15 of 17
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dony disguard people in bad areas or those with little money. becasue by doing so you could be passing up a good home. i dont work as i care for my disabled daughter full time. however im sure im more than able to offer a good home. it has never stoppe dpeople coming to me when they needed a home for there animals.
It someone is not willing to pay even a small adoption fee...then exactly how will they take care of the kitten if it becomes sick and needs vet attention. I think "free to a good home" is a very BAD idea.

http://www.cathobbyist.com/articles/...yist/Free.html

Katie
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TNR1
It someone is not willing to pay even a small adoption fee...then exactly how will they take care of the kitten if it becomes sick and needs vet attention. I think "free to a good home" is a very BAD idea.

http://www.cathobbyist.com/articles/...yist/Free.html

Katie
Thats exactly my point if you could't afford £30 for the cat how could you pay for all the expense a kitten will bring not to mention vet care

The only reason i would not home in one area is because i know what happens to cats there and its too sick to mention
post #17 of 17
I never said I could not afford an adoption fee. i was on about people who lived in rough areas
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