Dear Marc: My friend's cat recently had kittens. Is it OK to get a kitten from a friend or should I get one at a pet store or animal shelter?
I have gotten kittens from friends' litters, shelters, pet stores, and off the street, and all have been fine pets.
Getting a kitten from a municipal shelter would, in many cases, save a life, so if you do get one from your friend, perhaps consider going to your local municipal shelter to adopt a second one, so you have two kittens -- two kitties are twice the fun and, for the kitten, the best toy is... another kitten!
Marc Morrone, pet expert
Parrots of the World