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Posted on 12-12-2017

Christmas is a time for giving.  We give support to charities, we give gifts to our friends and family.  Many times the children or other significant person in the house have stated they want a cat or kitten. Christmas can seem like a good time to get that new pet.  But is it really?

Always consider that the costs of a pet are for the life of the pet.  It is not just the adoption fee from the rescue or shelter.  It is also the  food, water, toys, bedding, cleaning supplies - and the yearly veterinary visits.  Yes, cats and kittens need love and care.  Part of that care is making sure they stay healthy and that the pet does not develop behavior problems.  

Sometimes the children that want the kitten are not mature enough to really take care of the pet and Mom or Dad end up doing the daily care. Coming to a new "home" at Christmas can be really stressful on that kitten.  Stress in the cat can lead to medical problems like "kitty colds" or not using the litter box.  This can add to the stress in the house and lead to a long term, if not lifelong, medical condition.  We are not always prepared for every issue involved in a pet.  Statistically, the three months after Christmas have the highest rate of owner surrenders to shelters. 

Think and plan first.  It may be best to give a "gift certificate" first and then go pick out the new kitten after the holidays.  After all, there is nothing like a cats purr to help us relax and the play antics of cats can be very amusing.  It tends to be best if their introduction to the family is not with ripping paper and excited squeals however, so bringing one home at a quieter time will mean a more lasting bond and a happier home.

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