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Should you buy or adopt a cat?

Updated: Feb 10

When getting a cat or kitten it is important that you do some research beforehand. Do you want to adopt a kitten? Or should you buy a kitten?


Adopt or buy a cat?


Adoption: Giving a Second Chance


Adopting a kitten from a shelter or rescue organisation is a wonderful way to give a homeless animal a loving home. Shelters are often overflowing with kittens in need, and by adopting, you're not only saving a life, but you're also helping to make space for other animals in need.


Benefits of Adoption


  • Save a life: You'll be giving a deserving kitten a second chance at happiness.

  • Support animal welfare: Your adoption fee helps shelters continue their important work.

  • Variety of choices: Shelters have kittens of all ages, breeds, and personalities, so you're sure to find the perfect match.

  • Health and socialisation: Shelter kittens are typically vet-checked, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. They've also been socialised with other animals and people, making them more likely to adjust well to their new home.

  • Also you could give a home to an older cat, there are plenty of cats looking for loving homes. For local rescues and cat charities visit https://www.catchat.org/


Buying from a Breeder


If you're looking for a specific breed of kitten, you may consider buying from a reputable breeder. However, it's important to do your research to ensure you're buying from a responsible breeder who prioritises the health and well-being of their animals.


Things to Consider When Buying from a Breeder:

  • Breeder reputation: Choose a breeder who is registered with a reputable association and has a good track record.

  • Kitten health: Make sure the kittens are vet-checked, vaccinated, and up-to-date on parasite prevention.

  • Breeder's practices: Ask about the breeder's breeding practices and ensure they are ethical and humane.


Adopting or buying a kitten


DO NOT buy from people selling home bred kittens, these people do not have the kittens best interest at heart, these kittens may be sold cheaply or given away for free.

The disadvantages are these kittens have not been health checked, running the risk of costly vets visits. You will not get any help with neutering causing more unwanted kittens to be handed out for free. Not getting you cat neutered will cause more unwanted kittens or the possibly of your cat going missing looking for a mate.


When getting a kitten please consider if you can afford food, vets treatments etc. Consider the costs of the following:


Vaccinations

Microchipping

Food

Flea and worm treatments

Litter tray

Neutering

Bowls

Blankets

carrier

toys

Grooming brushes

Scratching post



No matter which route you choose, adopting or buying a kitten is a big commitment. Be sure to do your research, ask questions, and choose a kitten that is the right fit for your lifestyle.



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