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Frequently Asked Questions Intake
How Long Does the Process Take?

We receive kittens from as young as 1 day old and older (with the majority being under 4 weeks old). Depending on when they reach the appropriate age and weight to get spayed and neutered, they will only be adopted after they have their procedure. If you’ve filled out an adoption application, great! Our adoptions coordinator will review your application and if you are approved, you will be put in contact with the kittens’ foster. If you are interested in a particular kitten but not sure if they’re available yet, reach out to our Adoptions Coordinator at okpadoptions@gmail.com

How Much Does Adopting Cost?

One kitten is $100. If you are adopting 2+ kittens, the fee is $90 per kitten. These adoption fees are to help us offset the cost of providing all of their medical care while they are with us. Kittens older than 6 months have a fee of $60.

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?

Once the adoption process is complete, your kitten is officially yours! Once they are in your possession, we recommend taking your kitten to your vet to establish a relationship between your new addition and your vet. This will ensure that your kitten will get whatever care they will need as they get older and make sure they are happy and healthy! While we provide their initial kitten care, kittens will need to have their vaccines boostered a year from their last vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions General
Socialization

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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Feeding

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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Play

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

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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