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How to Choose a Kitten for a Pet

Part of the Kittens For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When picking out a kitten, you want to find one that’s healthy, happy, and ready to be a positive addition to your family. You want a kitten that demonstrates

  • Curiosity — this goes without saying, doesn’t it?

  • Friendliness

  • Playfulness

  • Purring

  • Comfort with being picked up

  • A mouth with healthy, pink gums

Pass on a kitten with the following warning signs, which tell you she’s not healthy or well socialized:

  • Listlessness

  • Gooey eyes, running nose, or sneezing

  • Visible third eyelid (like a film or goo on the inside corner of his eye)

  • Crusty stuff around butt or runny poop

  • Skin scabs or missing fur

  • Black stuff in the ears

  • Fleas or flea dirt

  • Thin with potbelly

  • An incorrigible nipper or hard biter

  • Frightened or shy

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