Will soon be taking home 6 month old Mittens, to join 8 month old Maggie, and 12 year olds Lamborghini and Ferrari. We are insane. Daughter's best friend has had lots of cats and kittens, dozens as they took in a very young litter years ago, but never get the females spayed (have finally, after years, started neutering the males, I guess because they're cheaper?). Daughter fell in love with one of last summer's kittens. Daughter sees this kitty a lot. Daughter tried to get us to take it home. Daughter graduates high school in June, and leaves for far away college in August. No, no cat, doesn't make sense. Daughter stopped asking. Daughter comes home saying friend's parents have decided to get rid of most of the cats (20? 30? 500? no one knows. 5 or more years of endless kittens and cats.) They told her, if she pays to get Mittens spayed, they will keep the cat for her until she can take it herself (Um...do they realize that could be 4 or 5 years?) We said we'd discuss the possibility. Then we thought about what it would do to our daughter's heart if she got told that they had given "her" kitten away to a stranger. I cannot crush my child's heart. So we are going to get Mittens tested, vaccinated, spayed, and as long as she doesn't have FelV or FIV or anything horrendous and dangerous to our existing three, bring her home. Now, in 4 or 5 years when daughter THINKS she's going to take this cat away, we will have to see. if Mittens and Maggie are best buddies, that would be cruel. But at least she would be able to visit her, and know where she was and that she was safe and loved. But...we got Ferrari and Lamborghini at about the same ages, and when they grew up they decided they didn't like each other. After 12 years, they only tolerate the presence of the other, so maybe she'll get lucky with Mittens. But, we'll see. Just what I need, a fourth cat.