Consider ALL the costs!
Immediate Financial Cost
Sure “free” sounds like a bargain but what other “freebies” might come with this cute little kitten? Does she also come with free diseases? Free fleas and parasites? Free deadly viruses? More importantly will she also provide you with more free kittens in 6 months for you to feed and find homes for? All these additional “freebies” will take a toll on your wallet. Learn how you can reduce your exposure to these “freebies” inside.
Cost to Your Existing Pets
When you get a free kitten it may carry unknown bacteria and viruses if it hasn’t seen a vet. If you have other pets at home, they will then also be exposed to illnesses, worms, fleas and viruses your freebie may carry.
It is easy to get attached to those cute little kitten faces very quickly. Your whole family will fall quickly and totally in love. Protect your heart, and those of your family’s by doing all you can to ensure the kitten you adopt is healthy. A sick kitten or one who dies could leave long term emotional scars on those you love.
Kitten Behavioral Cost
There is no replacement for a momma cats discipline and training. Kittens weaned from their mothers before they are 8-10 weeks old often become biters, play too rough, don’t easily accept other cats and have nursing withdrawals.
The Largest Expense?
By far the largest expense of taking in a “free” un-altered kitten is the cost to spay or neuter that kitten. Taking your new kitten into the vet for surgery should be a “no brainer”. Here are a few little known facts about why it is so important.
Females should be spayed because they:
- reach sexual maturity at 4.5 months of age.
- go into heat every 2-3 weeks with only 2 days between.
- are pregnant for an average of 67 days.
- have litters averaging 4-5 kittens each.
- can have up to 5 litters in a year.
- can get pregnant again while they are nursing.
- will mate with brothers, fathers and sons if able.
- are less likely to spray urine in your home to mark his territory, more accepting of other pets.
- roam less and hence have a decreased risk of having costly injuries from other animals & cars.
- fight less over females and thus are less likely to contract Feline Leukemia and FIV, which sadly have no cure (females can also contract these viruses during mating).
Both males and females kittens benefit from “early” spay and neuter (<6 months old):
- less mammary cancers in females.
- less aggressive behavior development in males.