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I saw an add on Craig's List for kittens. I looked at the add for a town in our county I wasn't really looking for. Why I clicked on that link I don't know. I had been skipping them. One of the cats is similar to my precious cat I lost in January to old age. Calico. I don't believe in fate, so I'm not sure.<br><br>
The add was posted July 2 and she said I'm the only one who called. When I asked, she said the cats would probably go to the "pound" if she didn't find homes. Mother is 2, first litter. Of coarse not fixed. "re-homing fee" is to help get the mom cat fixed. I wonder if they really would use the money to spay the mother. The woman on the phone was friendly enough. Any opinions on the "re-homing fee"?<br><br>
Kitties were pictured on a yucky, stained looking probably leather couch. Place looked dumpy. But that is not their fault.
 

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Wait re homing fee is to get the mom fixed but you would take the kittens and not the mom? If that's what it is it's ridiculous, that's her job re homing fees are supposed to be for things like if they give you things like litter box, toys, food, along with the kitten, like i got with my rabbit, or for something like a dog they bought, it's really you giving them some of their money back for the dog and taking it off their hands.
 

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Well, I've always heard that when giving away a pet, you should ask for a small fee to make sure they aren't just being collected to be sold to labs. If people have to shell out money, chances are better that they will provide a better home for the kitten.
 

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Alix, I'm sorry I'm not sure I understand your post. What is ridiculous?<br><br>
Kibble, I have heard this too about asking for a fee. My thought is where the money goes. But then does that even matter. They don't seem too worried about the fate of the kittens if they will take them to the "pound" and she used the term "rid of". I so hate that. But it is about the kittens and it seems these really need a home. I'm just so overwhelmed with so many cats needing homes and right now I can only take 2.<br><br><br>
I really do hope they would use the money to spay the mother cat. How I wish people would get their animals fixed!
 

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Well, I've always heard that when giving away a pet, you should ask for a small fee to make sure they aren't just being collected to be sold to labs. If people have to shell out money, chances are better that they will provide a better home for the kitten.</div>
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Good point. I'm wondering what small means lol, for my rabbit it meant $60.
 

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Alix, I'm sorry I'm not sure I understand your post. What is ridiculous?<br><br>
Kibble, I have heard this too about asking for a fee. My thought is where the money goes. But then does that even matter. They don't seem too worried about the fate of the kittens if they will take them to the "pound" and she used the term "rid of". I so hate that. But it is about the kittens and it seems these really need a home. I'm just so overwhelmed with so many cats needing homes and right now I can only take 2.<br><br><br>
I really do hope they would use the money to spay the mother cat. How I wish people would get their animals fixed!</div>
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I just think it's odd that they would ask you to pay for their mom cat to get fixed, if you aren't also taking the mom.
 

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Oh I see. Thanks. Well, I could only hope they would use the money to fix the mother cat. There are 4 kittens, 2 male, 2 female. I'm interested in the 2 female, since my last cats were both girls.<br><br>
I'm continuing to think about it. Have a dental appt now and I may call her back after that. It's about a 1/2 drive from here. I'm so stressed.
 

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I just think it's odd that they would ask you to pay for their mom cat to get fixed, if you aren't also taking the mom.</div>
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They're asking for a rehoming fee - which they should, to ensure better homes for the kittens - it's just that they're (saying that they are) using it to fix the mother. I don't see a problem with that. They could as easily say they're using it to pay for a month of cable service. I see the problem as that they didn't figure out how to pay for a spay before she got pregnant.<br><br>
Teresa - if they'd agree to it, what would be great is if you could arrange to deposit all the expenses for a cat spay to the vet office where they want to have it done. It would take away their excuses for not doing it because it would all be paid for. It probably would cost you more than the rehoming fee, but it would be a good thing to do.
 

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Irizary, I do agree. There is a PAWS spay and neuter in that town. Low income. I think that is a good idea.<br><br>
I'm driving myself nuts with this as I will think of every cat/kitten I saw that I didn't take forever. Just as I have done in the past and did with my last precious kittie's litter mates.<br><br>
Got to go to the dentist now.....
 

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Irizary, that's a fantastic idea. At my old clinic we would have people do that on a semi-regular basis for friends and family as well. I bought my brother a cat neuter for Christmas once. We also had people do it if they were going to be taking a kitten from a litter.<br><br>
Personally, with the rehoming fee for my rat I didn't really want to pay some random person money for a rat and no supplies or the like. So, I asked if I could donate the money to a local rescue instead. They were fine with it, they just wanted to make sure that I was taking him in as a companion and not as food for something else.
 

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I paid a rehoming fee for my pug, but I could tell the woman just wanted a good home for him. People had been coming over every day for about a month to look at him, but she said none of them interacted well with him or knew enough about Pugs so she wouldn't give them to him. She was asking for a 200 rehoming fee, which I bargained down to 150 after she quizzed me on the phone about Pugs and their health problems and history, and when I went over to see him she said I was good with him and then she explained that the rehoming fee was because she had gotten the pug for about $2000 from a pet shop but she had just had a baby and her daughter was often with her father so she couldn't take care of him much anymore. He had gotten all his shots already, and she also gave us a large expensive dog crate, and three crates of dog food, treats, and dental treats, in addition to other necessities like pug books and bedding, so I know the rehomin fee was definitely to make sure we were going to take care of him and not breed or show him or anything.<br><br>
It sounds like this woman if asking for a rehoming fee for similar reasons, and she does at least acknowledge that she needs to spay her cat and seems to be looking for good homes for them, so I would trust it. The idea of paying for the cat's spaying is also a good idea if your still worried. I might just offer it to show that you really care about animals and taking care of them by getting them fixed.
 

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Thanks everyone for your very helpful replies. I'm back from the dentist. Tried to call and left a message. I've been without a cat for six months and I'm just stressed about which ones to take and the ones I can't.<br><br>
I do hope she would use the money to fix the mother cat. I am going to suggest helping to spay by paying PAWS or a vet directly. It's a great idea.<br><br>
I also just found the PAWS spay and neuter website for that town. Glad to know they and their thrift store are still in business, as I haven't lived in that town in over 2 years. I'm going to mention PAWS to them and state I could pay directly.
 

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If you feel connected to this cat family then I agree the best thing to do is offer to get momma cat spayed. Offer to pick her up, get it done, and return her to them. I've made this offer for plenty of acquaintances and about 10-20% take me up on it. I don't pressure, just offer. If you can afford, maybe you should do it.
 

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Thanks everyone for your very helpful replies. I'm back from the dentist. Tried to call and left a message. I've been without a cat for six months and I'm just stressed about which ones to take and the ones I can't.</div>
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Any chance you can take all four? It's great when siblings get to grow up with each other.
 

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Any chance you can take all four? It's great when siblings get to grow up with each other.</div>
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I can't. I can only have two cats in my one bedroom apartment. I had to get special permission for 2. I only had one when I moved here. My girl was old but I had no idea she would die so quickly from lymphoma. I could move but I don't know who would take 4 cats. And my hope is not to move again until I'm 55, in 4 years, when I will buy again. I have moved so much in my life. I don't know if I could take it physically or emotionally. Except for the big stuff. (movers) I have to do everything on my own.
 

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I can't. I can only have two cats in my one bedroom apartment.</div>
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Oh, for some reason I thought you lived in your own house...<br><br>
Maybe you can ask the person who has the mother if she's noticed if any two of the kittens seem particularly bonded to each other?
 

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Oh, for some reason I thought you lived in your own house...<br><br>
Maybe you can ask the person who has the mother if she's noticed if any two of the kittens seem particularly bonded to each other?</div>
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I sold my house over two years ago. And I'm so glad to be renting now except for the pet issue of coarse. I plan to buy a nice manufactured home in an all adult park when I'm 55 and will extensively research the pet policy. Some of these damn places tell you how many pets you can have. I have family that lives in a park and their pet policy is very liberal. As long as the animals are not a ongoing disturbance.<br><br>
I'm interested in the two female kittens. My last 2 were girls. Thank you for your replies.
 

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I don't know about this particular ad, but I do know that "Small re-homing fee" is a common way of selling pets for profit on craigslist. Backyard breeders no longer charge a fee to purchase the puppy or kittens, they charge a "small re-homing fee". It sounds better and people are willing to pay it. So sometimes it's a legitimate way of screening out bad adopters, but sometimes it's just a way to get money for breeding.
 
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