To anyone who read my vegweb post on wanting to get a kitty, I'm happy to say that I believe I've worked things out. When we adopt the newest member of the family, she'll be exclusively indoors for the first 5 or 6 months. Eventually she will be allowed to play outside sometimes, but supervised and in our fenced-in yard (our home is in a quiet suburb). I'm anxiously watching for notices of kittens in need of a home at our local shelters.
Anyway, I was wondering how old a kitten should ideally be, before adoption. I'm not sure if we will find one that is at a shelter with her mother and possibly still nursing. In that case, I'm sure it would be best to wait until the kitten was weaned, but should we wait longer, if we can? What if we come upon one who has been abandoned and is being bottle-fed, as is sometimes the case?
Also, anyone have opinions on male versus female? We would definately be planning to spay or neuter, so I'm not sure if this is an issue. Finally, do you have advice on how to choose the kitten if there is more than one available?