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  • ICNDonna
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    When we had puppies, we held them and cuddled them for eight weeks before they went to their new homes. It was very hard to part with them, which is why we decided to not breed again.

    You might think of just keeping the one you are most attached to, but the vet bills for five kitties could be astronomical if they ever need attention --- so food and neutering are not the only expenses involved.

    Your local Humane Society should be able to tell you about spay/neuter programs in your area which are not expensive.

    Donna

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  • Claredale
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    We have 3 pet stores close by and they all allow signs as well as have Saturdays that people actually bring their kittens and puppies up to have in front of the store. My hubby doesn't allow me to go to the pet stores on Saturdays! LOL....Not that he would be any better than me when it comes to holding and petting them! I went through a hard time when we put our sweet Penny cat to sleep right before Thanksgiving, but I knew with the way things were, I couldn't have a dog and a cat for now. Those Ragdoll cats keep calling my name though!

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  • traceann
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    Yup, I am with leelee, I also know that a lot of Shelters and Humane Societys give discounts on being a "responsible pet owner" when it comes to fixing them etc, you might want to call and see if they work with any vets etc.

    I don't blame you for not wanting to let anyone in the area have them if they are like that, that's just not right how some treat them. You go girl! You stick up for those little fur balls!!

    Hugs!

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  • leelee88
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    Thats great that you are keeping them, sometimes the vet will give you a discount on getting them fixed since you have so many.. I would call areound and ask..

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  • waterflow
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    I am going to call a vet tomorrow and see how much the shots and having them fixed will cost. If I can't afford it then I will have to find them a home. If I can afford it I am keeping them. Patches is my cat so the kittens are mine as well.

    Bad part about giving them away is I dealt with a lot of people around here. Many left behind dead animals, burried their animals in the cellars or just didn't feed them at all. It is a very poor city I am in with not to many good people which sounds stupid I know but it is true. I woudln't even give one of my sisters a kitten.

    They are starting to open their eyes. not sure if they can see anything but they move their heads. Pumpkin is my favorite. Out of all of them she likes sitting on my lap. Will try crawling around and sniffing my hands. She is also turning into a big butter ball.

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  • traceann
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    Definitely check out the Petco angle!! And I know it's tough, but since you've been holding them - they are used to it I am sure now and love it. Plus, you are helping them grow up and develop into loving/friendly cats by the handling. And that makes people love them even more You are such a good caregiver!!! Kudos to you for being so kindhearted. Eh, maybe they'll change their minds back just as quickly as they changed them this time????

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  • Trishann
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    Mary I am so sorry you can't keep the kittens. Hope you can find nice homes for them. I know the kittens will miss you.

    Sending thought and hugs, Trishann

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  • lnseagraves
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    I would ask to keep at least one... so patches can have company. Also, I agree about Petco. Our petco always has the kittens out in front and it breaks my heart everytime I pass them... so one day I asked the salesclerk and she said "the kittens rarely stay more than one night before getting adopted" so....I think petco is certainly an option.

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  • leelee88
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    Mary,
    Why dont you ask them if you could keep at least one of them?

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  • waterflow
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    After they were born I said I wanted to keep them. The people I live with said fine. I knew it would cost to get them fixed and their shots but it would be a one time thing. There would be no more kittens after this. I gave them names, I've been holding them hoping they would learn their names so as they got older I could train them to come to me when I called. They could go out during the day and in at night. No different when there were 5 dogs. NOW after I go through all that (been taking loads of pics too) they tell me out of the blue they can't stay. I will ask at my Uro's. Some I know go to church so maybe they can ask around. No more pets unless I have my own home. I've had to do what anyone has told me to and i'm sick of it. I'm not holding the kittens anymore. It's up to Patches now to keep them company. I do check to make sure they are fine but I'm not spending time with them. Only makes it harder.

    Plus I was going to pay for their shots and getting fixed. No one else. I also would be paying for their food.

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  • Sarojini
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    I know... getting to love an animal is just as deep as loving a child in my opinion, and I really understand how hard it is to give up these beautiful babies I hope you find wonderful homes.

    Is there anyone who will let you visit the babies occasionally if they take them?? When I was young, around 7 years old, a cat "adopted" us and had kittens in our basement... I got so attached but my parents said we really needed to give them away (my allergies were not controlled well at the time). I cried. My dad found several of his work colleagues that later allowed me to visit the kitties as they grew... I know it's not the same, but it did ease the pain I felt from letting each one go.

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  • traceann
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    Oh Mary, me too - I am so sorry to hear that. Ugh. I really like Kadi's idea of checking with the local Petco. Also, call some vets offices too, I know one of ours used to help people place their kittens and puppies in good homes. They'd have pictures up, one time the kittens were there for the day, etc. The vet asked me if I was interested one time, but I when I told her I already had 6 cats she told me I was already doing my part for the cat world, lol.

    BIG HUGS to you - I am sure you will find them WONDERFUL homes!!!!! I know you will!!!!

    Tracey

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  • Mel53H
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    So, who told you that you can't keep the kittens?

    I am so sorry! It is so very easy to get attached to animals. You should have been told when they were first born that you needed to get rid of them, instead of waiting until you got attached.. I am sorry.

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  • ihurttoo
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    Sorry you can't keep them, Mary. We have had kittens several times since we have been married, but it was always heartbreaking when it was time to find them homes. I always wanted to keep them, but couldnt because even though we live on a farm and they'd be outside, it would cost a fortune to get that many fixed plus routine vet bills. It always killed me to have to give them away. Even though we always have our pets fixed, since we live on a farm, we are constantly getting strays dumped here, and when they arrive, they are usually already expecting.

    Fortunately, I have never had a problem finding homes for them. I have put ads in the paper and found homes that way, and then through word of mouth, and once I took some to my son's T-ball game and asked several different people to hold them while I went to the bathroom, and they always wanted them. (I went to the bathroom a few more times than normal that day. )

    Hopefully, you wont have any trouble finding good homes either. Again, I am sorry that they didnt tell you sooner that you couldnt keep them.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • kadi
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    I'm sorry, Mary. It's so hard to give up the little furries...

    Maybe you could ask your pharmacist or pharmacy techs? You might also try a church bulletin board.

    In my area there is an organization called the "Milo Foundation", they take cats & dogs that are cute & adoptable & find them homes. (Alternative to the shelter here which does euthanize). You might check with your local Petco if there is a similar rescue organization near you.

    Praying you will find them good homes soon---

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