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One step in finding out about a kitten is to ask the owner about the kitten's mother.
If you are dealing with a reputable breeder, he will be happy to tell you everything that went into the development of your kitten, from how the mating was decided, to nutrition and what pet foods the mother received during pregnancy, and how the kitten was raised and socialized.
What if your friend what you to adopt their kitten? Well, you should ask about the mother's health and the environment the kitten was raised in. If the litter was hand raised indoors, and grew up with children and dogs to get used to, this kitten may be well socialized and may be an excellent pet for you.