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Jaffa donuts

We lost our last cat 2 years ago and as we are about to move into our own home, we want to finally succumb to DD13's request for a kitten. 

We are in Melbourne and there seems to be a distinct lack of kittens at the moment. There are very few listings on pet rescue or the RSPCA website.

I would rather wait until the Christmas holidays so that DD can be home with the kitten when we get it, but I am wondering if there will be any more available then anyway.   

Melbourne people, any tips on the best way to find a kitten? 

 

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Kiwi Bicycle

I haven't done the cat thing but a good friend has. She got a kitten. Nice when it was little, but now grown up it the devil. Totally hates people.  Her reccomendations is get an adult cat, so you know their temperament striaght off. And she's  an animal person too.

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Waterloo

Your Christmas holidays idea is a good one - I think that’s kitten season so the shelters are likely to have more. 

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born.a.girl

Kitten season is about to start, so hopefully there will be more available soon.

I have a friend in the hills who brought indoors a stray cat, and thought she was pregnant, but has decided she's just now a fat cat, not having to earn her food.  If kittens eventuate, I'll let you know.

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Kreme

We got DD 2 kittens in the Christmas holidays nearly 6 years ago. It was a good decision as we were home all the time and able to socialise them and keep an eye on them as kittens can get themselves stuck in some very awkward places! Not sure about the equivalent in Melbourne but most people I know have got theirs from the cat protection society or the Dogs and Cats Home in Sydney. Hopefully there is an equivalent in Melbourne. 

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needs to get out

Highly recommend Ingrid's Haven.

https://www.ingridshaven.net.au/

According the their facebook, pet adoption is considered an essential service so a visit there to adopt a cat is allowed under COVID restrictions.

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Etta
40 minutes ago, Kiwi Bicycle said:

I haven't done the cat thing but a good friend has. She got a kitten. Nice when it was little, but now grown up it the devil. Totally hates people.  Her reccomendations is get an adult cat, so you know their temperament striaght off. And she's  an animal person too.

This is my suggestion too. I have always met mine as cats not kittens so we can make sure we are right for each other instead of getting sucked into the cute kitten thing. 

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kadoodle

My lot (along with about a million others) will be hitting petrescue in the next few weeks.

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needs to get out

I so want an orange cat.

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nom_de_plume

It's the beginning of kitten season now so expect to see many more in the coming weeks.

There are dedicated cat rescue groups as well as places like the Cat Protection Society.

Our current kitty came to us as a friend of a friend had a cat that had a huge litter, but previous kitties have come from the RSPCA.

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CrankyM
2 hours ago, needs to get out said:

I so want an orange cat.

We have one. His name is Mango.

As others have said it's coming up kitten season so there will be more at the rescues. There are a number in the Melbourne area, it just depends on which part of Melbourne you are in.

I will say that kittens can be great. But they don't always turn into cats that like people. We got our two when they were very small (we literally rescued them, as my kid's found them abandoned on our property). It's hit and miss if they want anything to do with you. And, well, they sure aren't lap cats. Only my kid who I swear has Animal Magic gets any love or snuggled from them. And they grew up with lots of attention and socialization. So an adult cat might be better, as you can see the personality already.

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Jaffa donuts

Thanks, we will just keep watching pet rescue then.  On the cat vs kitten, I have already failed at convincing DD to think about an adult cat for the reasons mentioned, but she is desperate for a kitten so I guess we'll just be taking the risk.

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Kreme
1 hour ago, Jaffa donuts said:

Thanks, we will just keep watching pet rescue then.  On the cat vs kitten, I have already failed at convincing DD to think about an adult cat for the reasons mentioned, but she is desperate for a kitten so I guess we'll just be taking the risk.

My suggestions would be make it an indoor cat and put the time in to being with it, stroking it and letting it come to you. Make sure kids know not to force it to be cuddled etc against its will. Our cats are lovely, gentle and sociable. My SIL lets her cat roam and hunt and her kids are rough with it.  As a result the cat hates people and will scratch the kids every time it gets the chance. 

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born.a.girl

My friend in Kalorama is of the understanding cats have to be indoors anyway in the hills.  I thought it was just at night, but she'd know better than me.

She's got one further one to lure indoors!

 

I highly recommend indoors only.  We've lost a couple of outdoors ones over the years to accidents.  They go out for walks with a harness, and that stops them hovering at the door hoping to get out.

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Kreme
2 minutes ago, born.a.girl said:

My friend in Kalorama is of the understanding cats have to be indoors anyway in the hills.  I thought it was just at night, but she'd know better than me.

She's got one further one to lure indoors!

 

I highly recommend indoors only.  We've lost a couple over the years to accidents.  They go out for walks with a harness, and that stops them hovering at the door hoping to get out.

Once my DD researched the life expectancy of indoor vs outdoor cats, that was decision made!

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PocketIcikleflakes

Cats are funny things lol. Mine was more like a collie Dog, she only had one "person" and that was me. Loyal as anything. She was the kids protector and would snuggle on their beds if they were poorly to keep an eye on them. When they were babies she'd lie along their closed doors a night because that was as close as she could get. She'd follow them around the block as they played.

Otherwise she only liked one other person in her life. But I wouldn't have changed her, she was awesome.

Good luck with your search OP.

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bubskitkat

I have a make tonkinese and he is the biggest cuddle cat ever. I have heard that Burmese cats are like this also. My rag doll cat hates people. She’s very precious. Growing up we only had Domestic cats whom were beautiful. Tortishell Cats are my favourite.  

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Mae55

I’ve been applying for rescue cats for 6 months. I’ve only been applying for ones at RSCPA and Cat protection society because it was too hard checking all the websites regularly. I’ve finally got an appointment tomorrow to meet some cats. The lady I spoke to today said there are about 50 kittens being fostered at the moment though so she said not to worry, there’d be a cat or kitten for us very soon. 
 

 

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bubskitkat
10 hours ago, kadoodle said:

My lot (along with about a million others) will be hitting petrescue in the next few weeks.

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Mum cat is beautiful 

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kadoodle
7 minutes ago, bubskitkat said:

Mum cat is beautiful 

Isn’t she though? She’s not much more than a kitten herself.

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Jaffa donuts
1 hour ago, Mae55 said:

The lady I spoke to today said there are about 50 kittens being fostered at the moment though so she said not to worry, there’d be a cat or kitten for us very soon. 

Thanks for this, that sounds hopeful for us.  
It will definitely be an inside cat, that and it not being white or having a pink nose are my only conditions.

We have already collected some parts of a cat run from facebook marketplace so it can have an outdoor catio in the sun.

 

 

 

 

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marple
1 hour ago, bubskitkat said:

I have a make tonkinese and he is the biggest cuddle cat ever. I have heard that Burmese cats are like this also. My rag doll cat hates people. She’s very precious. Growing up we only had Domestic cats whom were beautiful. Tortishell Cats are my favourite.  

Torties are naughties.(totally crazy really) but I'd have another. I  have also heard great things about Burmese from friends. I think there has been a run on kittens and puppies  due to lockdown but that should ease up soon. 

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Jaffa donuts

what DD really wants is a seal point cat, (she wants a ragdoll but in all honesty it is the colouring she is keen on more than the breed and I have heard ragdolls can be a bit standoffish)  but we are also keen to rescue.  Tonkinese sound awesome.  If we decided to go down the road of buying a specific breed, any suggestions on how to choose a reputable breeder?

 

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wilding
6 hours ago, Kreme said:

Once my DD researched the life expectancy of indoor vs outdoor cats, that was decision made!

My indoor cat's nearly 20. Still kicking like a young one.

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