Select a cat
Select a cat
When it comes to selecting a cat or kitten, take your time to think about what type of cat you are after, and what type of pet is right for you and your family.
For guidance on buying a feline and being a responsible owner, you can check out our Smart Kitten and Cat Buyer's Guide.
An RSPCA shelter is a fantastic place to start your search. You will find animals available for adoption that are medically and behaviourally sound; most have not been neglected, are perfectly healthy and sociable, and are simply waiting for a new home and a loving family. Please think about your next family member coming from the RSPCA.
The Adopt a pet website makes choosing a cat or a kitten simple. Each cat or kitten has been colour coded using our Find a Friend system to give you an indication of the family type that will suit them best.
While local RSPCA or other animal rescue groups have many wonderful kittens and cats looking for new homes sometimes you might not be able to find the perfect kitty for you, in which case you’ll need to find a good breeder.
A good breeder will make sure all kittens have a full veterinary health check and are microchipped, vaccinated and treated for worms and fleas before they are sold, and will provide you with records of these treatments. They should also provide information about socialisation, and desexing and registration.
Stick to these simple steps when looking for a new cat or kitten:
1. Make sure you are familiar with the huge responsibilities involved in owning a kitten.
2. Consider adopting from the RSPCA or another reputable rescue organisation first.
3. Visit the place where your kitten was born and bred and ask questions about its background – how old is the mother? How many litters has she had? Are the facilities clean and odour free? Is there enough room for the cats to move around and exercise? Are there things for the kittens to chew and play with?
1. Buy a kitten over the internet, newspaper advertisement or from a pet shop without first being able to visit the breeding facility to see the conditions for yourself.
2. Buy a kitten without first meeting the breeder and visiting its place of birth.
3. Impulse buy - owning a cat is a huge responsibility and should be the result of careful planning and consideration. Cats can live up to 20 years of age or more.