In this section, you’ll find:
- What’s a good breeder?
- Cat Buyer’s Guide
- Kitten warning!
Getting a kitten shouldn’t be easy!
A good breeder will ask you lots of questions to make sure their animals are going to the right home. A good breeder should put health, welfare and temperament above appearance.
What’s a good breeder?
Healthy kittens come from good breeders who:
Plan ahead and aim to find good homes for every kitten they breed
Provide a high standard of care and living conditions
Are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their cats
Are open to questions and provide a complete history of the kitten
Make sure that you will suit the kitten and the kitten will suit you
Breed to produce happy, healthy pets, free from known genetic disorders
Provide ongoing support and information to new owners
Provide a guarantee
Provide references on request
- Meet all their legal requirements
(Source: RSPCA Smart Kitten and Cat Buyers Guide)
Cat Buyer’s Guide
To make sure the breeder is a good breeder, you need to ask the right questions before you buy.
The RSPCA Smart Kitten and Cat Buyers Guide is a MUST read if you are thinking about getting a kitten or cat! The guide will help you to find a kitten or cat that is healthy and well-socialised from a responsible breeder.
The Guide covers a list of questions you should ask a breeder, feeding tips, the benefits of cat containment, inherited diseases and why it is important to de-sex your kitten.
The RSPCA recommends that you do not buy a kitten from a pet shop or through an internet or newspaper advertisement without being able to visit its home, as you can’t check out the conditions in which the kitten was bred or know where it came from.