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7 Tips On How To Choose The Right Kitten

Five kittens on a checkered blanket


Spring means that kitten season is here…the time when local shelters and rescue groups are overflowing with litters of adoptable kittens in need of their forever homes. Tempted to adopt a homeless kitten yourself? Sometimes our hearts go out to the weak, sickly ones, but before you rescue the runt of the litter, make sure that you are prepared for the costs and commitments of necessary veterinary care and medications. Here are some things to check, to make sure the kitten you pick is healthy.

 How To Choose A Kitten

1. Check Their Nose

The kitten’s nose should not have any discharge coming out of it or crust on the outside. A healthy kitten’s nose should be cool and moist but not too wet.

A close up photo on a cat with its eyes closed and its nose sticking out


2. Check Their Ears

A kittens ears should be clean and the kitten should not be scratching them or shaking her head, which are signs of ear mites. Black specks that look like coffee grounds in the ears are also a sign of mites.

A photo of ears of a gray cat


3. Check Their Eyes

The kitten's eyes should be clear and bright and free of discharge and redness. If the third eyelid is showing or swollen in one or both eyes, this could be a sign of illness, infection, or injury.

A portrait of a cat while lying on denim


4. Check Their Mouth

The kitten’s gums should be pale pink (although some cats can have dark gums, depending on their coloring). Bad breath, salivation, and pawing at the mouth could indicate problems.


A side profile of a kitten yawning while sitting on wood with a black background

5. Check Their Stomach

The abdomen in a healthy kitten should be slightly round. A potbelly can be a sign of worms, obstruction, or (worst of all) feline infections peritonitis (FIP), a fatal disease.

An orange kitting lying on its back on a navy blue bed

6. Check Their Fur

A kitten’s fur is a good indicator of health. It should be glossy, not dull, with no bald patches. Check for signs of fleas, like excessing scratching and specks of flea dirt.

An orange kitten scratching its ear with an emerald background


7. Check Their Rear

The rear of a healthy kitten should be clean, with no evidence of diarrhea or parasites. The genitals should be free of discharge, and they should be able to go to the bathroom without any issues.

A photo of a black kitten facing a white background

There you have in 7 tips on how to choose the right kitty cat for you. Curious how to tell if your cat loves you? Check out our article about it here

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