In the first part we discussed all the things to do before you go to the animal shelter and select your new kitten.  In this next section, we will talk about what to look for when selecting a new kitten.

As you walk by the cages, you will want to look for a kitten that is playful, friendly and appears healthy.  How can you tell for sure if a kitten is healthy?  A healthy kitten should have good weight, clear eyes and does not wheeze or strain to breathe.  For weight, a good rule of thumb is to have your kitten gain at least one pound per month.  For a two-month-old kitten, he should be at least two pounds.  If you are not sure, ask the shelter to weigh the kitten.

You can check and see how playful your kitten is.  Bring a toy and wave your toy in front of kitty to see how he reacts.  You will also want a confident kitten who is comfortable and friendly around people.  You will want to bond with your kitten.  Observe how your kitten reacts to you, to others and with other kittens.

How about two kittens?  You may want to consider getting two kittens so that they can keep each other company.  Twice the trouble! But, twice the fun!

You’ve chosen your forever friend!  Now, you are ready to take him home so you can enjoy the rest of your lives together!