DH wants to buy an abyssinian kitten, I want to find a rescue cat. Pros and cons please

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I just posted this in a thread above, but it's worth repeating: From a moral point of view you shouldn't be paying anyone to bring more cats into the world (ie a breeder). Hundreds of cats in the UK are put down every day because there aren't enough homes to go round. As you have a home to offer you can make a small difference by taking a homeless cat/kitten. If you buy one you are just encouraging people to add to the already appalling cat overpopulation problem.

Just look at any cat charity website and read about the problem.

VenusRising Mon 04-Feb-13 18:23:46

Re homing an older cat or pair sounds like the best option.

But don't worry about training a new pedigree kitten, they are only released at >three months, so are totally litter trained when you get them.

tryhardrep Sun 03-Feb-13 21:01:52

sorry for sluggish response - has been a crazy busy weekend.

Thanks v much for your thoughts. And especially for introducing me to the Abyssinian cat club of great Britain - a fab resource!

colditz that will almost certainly be me!

colditz Sat 02-Feb-13 11:03:09

Who is going to be one cleaning of the kitten crap?

cozietoesie Sat 02-Feb-13 11:01:42

I saw them earlier - and they both look like real honeys!

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 02-Feb-13 10:27:31

Millie and Clio both could be possibles for you.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 02-Feb-13 10:25:28

There is a solution that will suit you both the Abyssinian cat club of great Britain has a list of Abyssinians who through no fault of their own are looking for new homes - result rescue cat and an abyssinian!

BagCat Sat 02-Feb-13 09:20:39

Personally I'd go for a rescue cat every time but that's just because there's so many great cats out there looking for their forever homes and it's so rewarding to think you gave them a great life after them being dumped/whatever. You can get kittens from rescue too, so maybe that is a compromise to think about?

tryhardrep Sat 02-Feb-13 09:17:29

We have two DC, 5 and almost 3. Haven't had a cat since DD1 was a baby and our beloved old mog died suddenly. We think we're ready again i.e. DD2 can I think be trusted to be gentle with a new cat. Growing up we always had rescue cats/cats that friends or family couldn't look after. Sometimes they had kittens so we did have the lovely kitten experience too but I suppose I've always felt a duty to rehome a needy rescue cat. However, DH has fallen in love with Abyssinians as a breed but I'm a bit concerned that:
(a) they might be a bit neurotic and not ideal for small children
(b) health-wise they might be a bit fragile (some seem to be prone to a thing called Renal Amyloidosis)
(c) house training a kitten could be really hard work (is it like potty training all over again?!)

But I may be being unfairly prejudiced and they are gorgeous. Would love to hear thoughts/experiences.

Thanks v much

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