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Frequently Asked Questions Adoptions
How Long Does the Process Take?

Our goal is to get your forever friend home as quickly as possible, but please allow a few days for us to contact you with more information. Each approved application is forwarded to the foster who will then reach out to schedule a meet and great (currently virtual due to Covid-19 restrictions). The adoptions timeline will be variable for individual kittens as spay/neuter procedures and other medical requirements must be properly addressed prior to placement. We appreciate your patience and will update you promptly if the status of your pet changes! If you are interested in a particular kitten but are unsure if they’re available yet, please reach out to our Adoptions Coordinator at

How Much Does Adopting Cost?

Once you decide to adopt the purr-fect kitten(s), the $100 per kitten adoption fee can be paid to the Orphan Kitten Project in cash, check, or Venmo (@ucd-OKP). This fee covers the costs of spay/neuter surgery, deworming, FeLV testing, a full FVRCP vaccination series*, a full FeLV vaccination series*, and microchip with registration. If you are adopting 2+ kittens, the fee is $90 per kitten and kittens older than 6 months have a fee of $60.

*Depending on their age, some kittens might not have received the full vaccination set.


What Is the Difference Between Adopting & Fostering?

Adopting a kitten means that you are taking responsibility for this kitten for the rest of its life and are assuming all medical bills and provide the kitten with everything it needs to provide the best life ever. Fostering is short-term commitment made through a rescue or shelter to provide a temporary home for kittens until someone decides to adopt them. Fostering is a super easy way to make a lasting impact on little lives! Contact us for more information on how to foster.

Will I need Additional Veterinarian Services?

Orphan Kitten Project is honored to care for special kittens with chronic conditions who will require continued medical attention at your regular veterinarian. If you are interested in any of these kittens our team would love to discuss requirements or expectations so that you are confident and comfortable when adopting.

For kittens without chronic medical conditions additional veterinary services may include completion of a vaccination series depending on age and an annual exam. In either case, we recommend taking all new pets to your regular veterinarian to establish a relationship early on so there is no lapse in preventative care and they are more familiar with your pet when they’re not feeling like themselves!

Frequently Asked Questions General

Kittens prime socialization period is between 3-8 weeks of age. This is prime time to expose your kitten to as many new people and scenarios as possible. However, kittens are not fully vaccinated at this time so should only interact with other kittens that have had at least one vaccine, fully vaccinated adult animals, and people that have washed their hands.

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Most kittens start out eating wet food, and transition to dry at about 6 weeks of age. Encouraging our kittens to eat meals rather than free feeding helps us to monitor their appetite and reduce the chance of obesity. Kittens have a fast metabolism, so make sure to provide them with a high calorie density food (usually labeled for kittens) and give them three meals a day while they are growing. Meals also provide us with an opportunity to introduce food toys, which can give the kittens mental exercise as they try to figure it out! Here’s a link to make some food toys on your own:
DIY Food Toys

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Kittens are naturally energetic and will want to play with their human family members. It is important to teach them that human body parts are not toys, while not punishing natural play behavior. Avoid playing with your hands, feet or hair with your kittens. It may seem cute now, but as they get older it can lead to harm to the owners that can lead to rehoming the kittens or worse. Instead, when a kitten comes to you looking to play, offer the kittens toys that they can kick. Some examples include the Kong Kickeroo or the Yeowww! Banana. In addition, a great way to play with kittens is with wand toys. These teach kittens appropriate play behavior. Kittens have a lot of energy, so make sure to have plenty of toys available for them and engage in at least 30 minutes of active play with them per day.

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Inside vs Outside

While it is tempting to let our kittens outside, research shows that cats that live indoors only will live 2-3 years longer than those that live outdoors. They are protected from wildlife, dogs, and accidental deaths by being kept indoors. If your kitty is interested in exploring the outside world, we recommend training them to wear a harness for supervised outdoor time or, if you are really ambitious, building a catio! Environmental stimulation is extra important for indoor only cats to keep them happy and healthy and to protect against various behavioral and health concerns. Active play time as well as numerous toys, scratching posts, and places to hide are crucial for their mental and physical health. Kittens who are outside should also be vaccinated against FeLV – contact your veterinarian to see if this is right for your kitten.

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Scratching is a natural social behavior of cats, but can become a problem for owners. We want our kitties to have appropriate opportunities to express this behavior, so having multiple scratching objects around high valued resources such as food bowls or resting spots will reduce a kittens need to scratch on other furniture. If your kitten is scratching on furniture, don’t punish them! Using a spray bottle or yelling only causes stress and fear in your kitten, and won’t fix the underlying cause of the problem. Instead, make the behavior unrewarding by covering the scratched area in an undesirable texture, such as aluminum foil or double-sided tape.

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