Kittens For Sale! – Where to Buy Your New Best Friend
Are you thinking about adding a kitten to your family? Whether it be a purebred or one of mixed lineage, cats make great pets. So when it comes time to finding that purrfect furry pal, you may think that going to a cat breeder is the only way to find exactly what you are looking for. This simply isn't so. In fact, their are plenty of ways to find kittens for sale.
Check out these resources!
Local Classified Listings
If you're looking for a lovable feline (moggy or purebred) check your local classified listings (ie. Craigslist). Many people whose cat may have gotten pregnant (either by choice or because of the failure to spay) will advertise in their local print or online sources. Breeders of purebred cats will also let folks know they have kittens available through these inexpensive, yet viable sources.
Reputable breeders will often have their own website set up to let you know about their cattery. These sites usually include details of the parent felines, how many kittens they have available and when, the sexes of the available kittens, the health, price and other important information you will want to know. Call or email these folks so you can make an appointment to visit or just to get more info.
Online Pet Adoption Finders
There are a number of online pet adoption finders such as Petfinder, AllPaws and Petango.com that will help you locate a specific breed, age, sex and nearest location of your potential furry friend. These search-sites are free and easy-to-use and offer up both purebred and moggy felines for adoption.
Kijiji is Iffy
There has been a lot of talk and some online petitions going around to have Kijiji stop the advertising of pets for sale. This is due to the backyard breeders and kitten and puppy mills/farms overbreeding their "stock" for pure profit. If you do decide to go through a person advertising kittens for sale on Kijiji, be aware that it may be one of these unscrupulous profiteers.
When we discuss pet stores with kittens for sale, we once again have to bear in mind that some of these retailers do buy purebred kittens and puppies from the above mention pet farms/mills. Unfortunately, those adorable little scampers in the windows and play areas may have had to travel hundreds of miles via airplane or vehicle to get to their location. Some can even be riddled with disease and parasites, so be sure to do your research before bringing home that little bundle of fur.
Not All Pet Stores Are Created Equally
Even though there are unscrupulous pet stores, there are some that will only work with their local rescue organizations. PetSmart is well known for having Adoption Weekends where they will feature a number of kittens, cats, puppies, dogs and even rodents available through the shelter. Most locations will also have a number of cats placed at the store so you can go and check them out, ask questions and, of course, adopt if you are interested. In fact, that's where we adopted our Eevee! 🙂
Of course, when you are looking for a kitten to adopt, you can always go to your good-ole animal shelter or rescue cattery. These places usually have all sorts of kittens and cats looking for good, forever homes to call their own.
Don't think a rescue group ever has purebreds?
This is a myth as there are plenty of purebreds that go through the shelter's system. If you are interested in a specific kitten, let the staff know at the front desk and they will most likely take your information and call you if one becomes available.
Don't be reluctant to ask the veterinarians in your area if they known of any reputable breeders for kittens. People who care about their breeding felines will visit a veterinarian, so ask around to see if they know of any upcoming litters.
What to Look For in a Healthy Kitten
Now that you have a list of resources, let's cover what to look for in a healthy kitten. These include;
- Clear, bright eyes
- Energetic and lively
- No ribs showing
- soft coat
- No external parasites such as fleas/ticks
- Doesn't mind being played with or held
- Vet papers if you adopt from a shelter or buy from a breeder
In addition to the visible health check, if you are dealing with a breeder, be sure to ask to see the parents and the facilities where they are being housed. If the person refuses to show you at least the mother feline and where the kittens are being raised, it could be the signs of a kitten mill. Reputable breeders want you to know where their kittens are coming from, the health status of the animals and everything that will be done to the kitten before you take possession (ie shots, deworming etc.).
Kittens for Sale - Adopt With Wisdom
Always use wisdom and information when your are adopting a new kitten. Look for the signs of a healthy kitten and also the situation it is being housed in. If you see signs of a kitten mill, neglect or abuse, be sure to report this information to your local ASPCA.
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