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If you're interested in adopting one of our cats, please fill out an: Adoption Form and E-Mail the completed form to: info@shadowcatadvocates.org


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The adoption process begins when you contact us with interest in a kitten. We work hard to match kittens to the right person/environment. Arrangements are made for you to visit the kitten in it’s foster. There is a reasonable adoption fee, and a life-care contract is required. None of the kittens we adopt are allowed to be de-clawed, ever, for any reason. They must be indoor pets only and not allowed outdoors. If the kitten is too young to be spayed/neutered, you will agree to have that done at around 4-5 months of age. We can even help arrange for high quality, low-cost spay/neuter. We do require written proof of spay/neutering. We are always available to answer any questions or provide any help we can. *If you desire a kitten/cat that has been declawed, please check with your local animal shelter.

Why Kittens & Young Cats Should Be Adopted In Pairs

Kittens are curious and crave constant stimulation. A single, bored kitten will often entertain itself by chewing on plants, climbing drapes, climbing furniture, unrolling toilet paper, exploring electrical cords and sockets, etc. This is not to say that kittens who live with other kittens won’t also sometimes do these things, but if they have another kitten to tumble around and play with, it is less likely that they will need to entertain themselves with behaviors like these, which at the least are destructive and at the worst can be very dangerous.

Kittens tend to be very active at night. A single kitten is likely to keep the owner awake with constant jumping, pouncing and other hunting behavior directed at any portion of the owner’s body which moves under the bed linens. With a companion to play with after the owner has gone to bed, this behavior is minimized as the two will occupy each other by finding interesting shadows to chase and games to play until they finally tire and fall asleep too. Kittens want and need interaction with others of their own kind for healthy social development. Anyone who has observed kittens know they want to bite and wrestle with one another–this behavior is normal. You cannot prevent a kitten from doing what comes naturally. Though it is not acceptable for a kitten to bite and wrestle with its human companions, in the absence of having a littermate or companions its own age to play with, this is precisely what a single kitten will want to do. Even if you are willing to allow (and can tolerate) this behavior from your kitten when it is small, by the time the animal matures, you will end up with an adult cat who has developed very bad habits (for example, biting and scratching as “playing”).

If there is already an older cat in the household, a kitten should not be brought in as a lone companion. A kitten’s boundless energy is very likely to overwhelm and irritate an older cat. Likewise, a kitten is going to be frustrated that its companion does not have the same energy level as itself. At the very least, this can lead to two very unhappy cats. Worse-case scenario, behavior problems such as litter box avoidance or destructive scratching can occur if one or both cats act out their frustrations on their surroundings. Longer-term, it is almost certain that the two will never have a close, bonded relationship, even after the kitten matures, since their experiences with one another from the beginning of the relationship are likely to be negative. An older cat is better matched with someone of his or her own age, who has a similar temperament.