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It is possible to get kittens and cats from breeders, rescue centres and pet shops.


Reputable breeders are the best place to purchase a kitten from as they usually show their cats and aim to produce a good litter of healthy kittens. A good, healthy tom and queen will have been used and the breeding process carefully planned. It will be possible to see the parents of the kittens and how they interact with people and each other.

Sometimes people choose to breed from their family pet and these kittens are usually cared for well. They will be less expensive than purchasing a pedigree cat and they usually make excellent family pets.

Unfortunately some people are not reputable breeders and see the production of kittens as a financial benefit rather than the focus being on producing healthy kittens. The potential health and temperament of the kittens is likely to be unknown.

You can locate a breeder by getting in touch with your local cat club or by finding an advert in a newspaper or cat magazine.

Rescue Centres

Unfortunately a lot of kittens and adult cats end up in rescue centres through no fault of their own, so they are a good place to go to find a new cat.

The rescue centre will do an assessment of the cat upon arrival but the background of the cat will be unknown. A great deal of work is usually carried out by the rescue centre staff regarding basic training and handling, and cats from rescue centres usually make good, loving pets.

Depending on the rescue centre, you may have to fill in some forms and/or have an interview to assess your suitability as a cat owner because their main interest is in placing a cat with a suitable owner that is going to care for him correctly.

Pet Shop

Kittens are sometimes available from pet shops. The kittens in pet shops are not from reputable breeders and are more likely to have come from kitten farms. The back ground of the kittens will be unknown and therefore the temperament and health of the kittens could be dubious.

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