A kitten is cute, and it is yours for life. Cats can live 15 to 20 years, and for that time owners are required to satisfy their pet’s five basic needs:
- A suitable living environment
- An acceptable diet
- Ability to act according to natural behaviour
- Companionship if necessary
- To be healthy and protected from pain, injury or disease
When it comes to deciding what kind of kitten to get, it is your choice whether to find a pedigree cat or moggy (mixed-bred or non-pedigree). While many pedigree cats are healthy, there is a misconception that they are somehow better or stronger than moggies.
Buying a pedigree cat isn’t a guarantee of good health and behaviour. Pedigree simply means the cat has been bred from a family which meets certain criteria –usually in relation to the cat’s appearance. They have rarely been selected for specific health or temperament benefits. If selecting a pedigree cat, we strongly recommend that you take time to research different breeds and requirements.
After you've decided to get a kitten or cat, here's what you need to know about where to get one:
- Consider adopting instead of buying a kitten
- There are thousands of gorgeous cats and kittens in shelters that are looking for good homes
- Talk to your vet about finding a reputable breeder
- Avoid buying a kitten from third-party sellers such as pet shops or garden centres
- If you are searching through online ads, then ensure the website has signed up to the IPAAG minimum standards, and follow our advice below regarding what to look out for in online adverts