Very few free kittens get good permanent homes. Some do, but many don’t.
Consider the fact that it costs more to take a free kitten to a vet for worming, vaccination, check up, etc, than it usually costs to adopt one from a shelter, so why would anyone take a free kitten? Well maybe they are not interested in getting it vaccinated and so forth, as such we cannot consider them good homes. Worms and earmites can go undetected for ages, causing pain and suffering in a pet.
People who get free kittens from strangers often do so because they know the people will not do checks to see if the new owner is going to be good, or not. Some of these people then take kittens into apartments where they are not allowed pets. Frequently they are caught and the kittens must be surrendered or the tenant faces eviction.
Free kittens are a non-financial commitment, if one goes missing, and is taken to the city pound, the owner must pay a fine to recover it. Or, they can simply go get another free kitten and leave the first one to its’ fate.
image by author
In most areas it is completely legal for somebody to accept free kittens, and kill them, or sell them to a research lab. Since the kittens are now owned by the second person, that person is their legal owner and if they want to kill them, as long as it is done humanely, they can. Yup, in some cases people kill kittens and use them as snake food, much in the way they would kill guinea pigs for the same purpose. To be fair most snake owners no longer feed live food, its too risky to the snake. As mentioned, it is not uncommon for free kittens,or any free pet, to be sold to research facilities where they exist.
People do horrid things to free kittens. People use them to bait illegal fighting dogs to learn to kill. This is entirely illegal but does happen. Nobody is going to come to your house and tell you they are going to do this with the kitten, they will most certainly show up with all intentions of fooling you to thinking they are a good respectable owner. They might even bring their children.
Many studies have indicated that most serial killers started out torturing and killing free kittens and other “Free to Good Home” pets. According to one site, ALL serial killers started out on pets. I was disgusted when I tried to search out some links to back this fact up, you can easily find your own proof on this if you don’t believe it. It is so well known that video games about serial killers often use jokes saying that you must kill so many kittens in order to be considered a real serial killer.
Believe it or not, but one of the worst things that happens to “free to good home” kittens is that people do not spay or neuter them, rather they allow them to breed. You might not see this as a mean or terrible thing, but you may not have worked at a facility that is forced to euthanize cats and kittens every week because of an over abundance of them. Every kitten that finds a home, means one other did not. Every cat that is allowed to breed (without having homes lined up for kittens in advance of breeding) contributes to the overpopulation of unwanted pets, thus they guarantee more suffering.
What should I do with my kittens?
The best thing is to prevent unwanted litters to begin with by spaying your cat, or by keeping her indoors only, away from any males, until she can be spayed. Actual free kittens should only go to people you know, with the agreement that if they cannot keep them for what ever reason, they return them to you.
Screen potential new owners, have them show identification, have them sign a contract, phone their landlord if they have one, to make sure they are allow pets. Ask if you can do a home approval.
Get your kittens vaccinated then charge the cost of the vaccination, if people were going to get the kitten vaccinated anyhow, this cost will be trivial. You must have the vaccination records to give to the new owner to prove you actually did have the kittens vaccinated.
Take the kittens and surrender them to your local shelter, they will screen potential new owners to ensure the kittens get good homes. Of course they cannot guarantee every kitten finds a good home, but they do a much better job than the general public and if they are forced to euthanize a kitten, at least you know it is done humanely and because of need, not because of cruelty or ignorance.
The criteria for being a good home are:
- A home that spays or neuters (with the exception of purebred cats that attend shows to prove their worth as breeding animals).
- Provides regular medical care and attention.
- Provides regular food, shelter, and water, and companionship.
- Keeps no more cats than they can care for and within legal guidelines for the area.
In some areas it is estimated that fewer than 20% of “Free to Good Home” kittens actually get good homes. Keep in mind.. no good home would have allowed their cats to breed in the first place without having secured homes for all the kittens.
Other Cat Links
If you have opinions, ideas, or knowledge, and would like to get Paid for sharing them by writing for sites like this, Click Here.