With the beginning of kitten season and busy kitten adoptions, I'm always presented with the question:
"I only want one cat, will you adopt out a single kitten?"
Since I'm asked this question so many times per day (I've already had 3 adoption calls today with this exact question) I decided to write out my feelings an see if I can come up with a straightforward answer to this question.
In a perfect world, I'd like to think that every kitten would have a cat friend to play, sleep and eat with. They seem so happy and well adjusted to be adopted in pairs. I know of some rescues that will ONLY adopt kittens in pairs.
My philosophy is that until there are NO kittens in a high kill shelter being euthanized because nobody wants them, we MUST consider allowing kittens to be adopted into a single cat home.
Look at the banner that I use for my blog; 3 perfect little kittens. I took that picture. ALL THREE of those kittens were euthanized at the peak of kitten season because there weren't enough homes or a rescue that could take them. They're dead. Gone. Burned in a heap of other unwanted cats.
I wish I could ask those kittens: "If you could have a wonderful, loving home for the rest of your life, would you rather die here in the shelter, or be in a home as a single kitten?"
Who are we to say that the kitten won't have a wonderful life as the Belle of the Ball?
Sometimes we get kittens that MUST be adopted together. I had a feeling "Spring" and "Sprout" were bonded when they were at my house for an afternoon. They sought out each other's company despite the fact that there were two other littermates in the room. I wasn't 100% certain, until the pictures started coming in from the foster family:
We rescued one little girl from the shelter named "Luna":
Luna is totally indifferent to other cats. She likes people. She's being adopted tonight by a loving family who only want a single kitten. It's nice when things are that obvious. "Doesn't want cat company = single cat" "Plays with other cats = needs a cat friend."
We had an awesome young woman who lives alone interested in adopting one of our tiny kittens, but she works full time and is gone 2 or 3 nights per week. I couldn't do it - one 8 week old kitten alone all the time isn't right - or is it? He'd get a home that's Forever. Isn't that a good thing?
But sometimes it's not that obvious, and that's when we have to rely on our wonderful foster parents who live with the cats. We have to remember that in a few months NOBODY is going to be rescuing from the shelters. The simple truth: There are too many kittens and not enough homes.
This blog post is merely my opinion and I don't expect everybody to agree with me. But I keep looking at those three kittens that I use for my blog banner and wonder what they would've wanted if somebody had asked them.