If you choose to buy a kitten from a breeder, make sure that the cats are well looked after. We advise that kittens should be alert and engaged with bright eyes and a sociable nature and that they shouldn’t be removed from their mothers until the 8-9 week mark. Alternatively why not consider adopting a kitten? Adopting a kitten is very rewarding for both yourself and your new pet. Consider if rehoming an animal is for you, and if so we’ll make sure your new pet is healthy, vaccinated, wormed, neutered and microchipped.
Buying a kitten
If you want a purebred choose a breeder carefully and be sure their cats are well looked after. Make sure you see the kitten where it was bred before committing yourself. Like dogs, purebred cats can be more prone to health problems.
A kitten should be sociable and alert with bright eyes no visible health problems. They should stay with their mothers until they are around 8-9 weeks, taking them away earlier than this can lead to behavioural issues.
Questions to ask a cat breeder
Before buying a kitten from a breeder it is important to ask some questions. You¿ll need to know:
- Who bred the kitten? Always meet the breeder and see where the kitten lives so you can learn its history and check it is well cared for.
- Is the litter healthy? Have the kittens been health checked by a vet and treated for anything. If so, you should be given details.
- Is the mother healthy? Find out if she¿s been vaccinated and wormed as if she hasn¿t her kittens may be more likely encounter health problems.
- How many litters has she had? Be wary of breeders who have bred a lot from one cat. It could indicate irresponsible breeding and mean the kittens aren¿t well looked-after.
- Have the kittens been wormed? A lot of kittens are born with worms so they should be wormed (with veterinary advice).
- Are they vaccinated? Kittens normally have their first vaccinations at eight or nine weeks. The vet will have provided documentation of this.
- Any known disease risks? Cats can suffer hereditary diseases, these can be more common in purebreeds. A vet may be able to screen them to find out how likely they are to be affected.
- Are they microchipped? Microchipping is very important. If the breeder hasn’t microchipped the kitten you can arrange this yourself.
- Where have they been kept? It is good to keep kittens in a busy environment like a kitchen as this will boost their confidence.
- Have the kittens met many people? Kittens need to meet lots of different people to help them feel safe around people when they are adults.
Adopting a kitten
The UK is experiencing a cat crisis and our adoption centres are often full. Consider adopting a cat or kitten before buying a kitten from a breeder – you’ll find that the affection of a rehomed pet that needed a second chance is all the more rewarding.
If you adopt a kitten from us you can be sure that they’re ready to go to a new home and are happy and healthy. Where possible, they’ll also come: