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Buying a Kitten
Cats Queensland Inc makes no representation or warranties with respect to the breeding or business practices of any of the persons included on the Breeders List.
Cats Queensland strongly recommend that transactions with breeders be undertaken with the same caution and due dilligence as one would devote to any important business matter.
From time to time breeders and other parties refer to the Cats Queensland Inc matters in which it is not appropriate for us to become involved. Disputes between buyers and sellers of cats are private matters to be determined by the contractual arrangements between the two parties. We recommend parties who cannot resolve matters personally, contact the Office of Fair Trading for appropriate advice. Cats Queensland Inc can only consider and advise on matters that clearly fall within its Breeders Code of Ethics.
THE FOLLOWING IS GENERAL IN NATURE AND IS A GUIDE ONLY. IT MAY NOT
COVER ALL YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A PEDIGREED KITTEN
OR CAT. PLEASE SEEK ADVICE FROM A NUMBER OF SOURCES SO THAT YOU
ARE BEST PREPARED TO MAKE YOUR PURCHASE. CATS QUEENSLAND DO NOT BECOME
INVOLVED IN ISSUES BETWEEN BREEDERS AND PURCHASERS.
BUYING A KITTEN
Possibly one of the first things you will have done once you decided to obtain a kitten is decide on
whether you want a companion cat (domestic / part pedigree) or a pure bred kitten. There are so
many options so there are some questions you need to ask yourself in order to help you make that
1: Longhair or Shorthair
4: Temperament / Behaviours
- quiet and sedate
- playful and perhaps boisterous
- good with children
5: Inside or Outside
- secured enclosure or
- totally indoor - litter tray
6: Health Requirements
- potential health issues
When you have narrowed it down to one or two breeds, research as much as you can about the
breeds so that you can make an informed choice. Cats Queensland has breeders for most breeds of cat - go to
the breeds page and you can find information about breeders there.
- litter tray
- grooming items
- nail clipping
- scratching pole
- food and water dishes
- beds etc etc etc
When you are talking to breeders, you will be able to ask some of the questions listed. Some of the
questions you will need to ask include:
• What kittens are available / available soon [colours / sexes]
THE DAY HAS ARRIVED TO COLLEACT THE KITTEN
• How much will the kitten be? [Different breeds cost differing amounts - ask around.]
• What does this price include? [vaccination (how many), desexing, microchipping,
information pack etc]
• Will the kitten be wormed / flea treated etc?
• Will the kitten be litter trained? What litter will the kitten be used to?
• Are the parents of the kitten available to be viewed?
• What age are kittens ready to go?
• Is a deposit required?
• How should the balance be paid upon collection of the kitten? [Some breeders will only take
cash payment on the day the kitten is collected but can accept cheques well in advance of
collection to ensure the cheque has been cleared. Just ask.]
• If transportation is required, how much will that be? [Cost of flight and cost of carry cage]
• Can you come and meet the kitten prior to purchase?
Not all breeders are alike so answers to the above will vary. Most breeders will require a deposit for
the kitten so be prepared for that.
You will have set a time for collection of the kitten with the breeder. Unless you are purchasing a
carry cage from the breeder, then you MUST bring one with you to keep the kitten safe in the car. It
is against the law to travel with an un-restrained animal in the car.
Make sure you have everything ready at home for the new baby - food, dishes, toys etc.
When you arrive home with the kitten, make sure you take it to the litter tray often in that first day
or so in order for it to learn where everything is in relation to the tray. This helps solve the problem
of little accidents.
LISTEN CAREFULLY to the breeder and their advice on diet. Whatever the kitten has been raised on
is probably the best thing to keep it on for the first week or so. Make changes to diet slowly so you
minimize the risk of it getting an upset stomach.
If your kitten should become ill over the first week or so, it is always best to ring the breeder and ask
advice before rushing to the vet (unless there has been an accident or similar). Breeders are often
able to assist with advice about how to deal with whatever is happening. If the kitten doesn't
improve quickly though, you may either need to ask the breeder to get the kitten checked by their
vet or visit your own vet if that is not possible.
What does this mean?
REMEMBER: CATS QUEENSLAND WILL NOT BECOME INVOLVED IN ANY DISPUTE ARISING BETWEEN THE
PURCHASER OF A KITTEN / CAT AND THE BREEDER.
A pure bred kitten comes from pure bred parents - cats that have a pedigree that details their
Breeders who register with CFCCQ are required to register ALL litter kittens so all kittens
registered with CFCCQ have a registration and pedigree certificate.
This registration is required if you
are purchasing a kitten for breeding or showing.
Most breeders include the pedigree of the kitten
when it is sold.
This pedigree / registrations is NOT local government registration. This still needs to
be done by you - the new owner.
You are generally required to register cats and dogs with your local
Council. It is cheaper to register a desexed kitten / cat so keep this in mind and get it done early if
the kitten has not already been desexed before leaving the breeder.
If you have any questions that have not been covered above, please ask the breeder or contact one
of the people on the Management Committee who may be able to answer your questions for you or
head you in the right direction.
Kittens for Sale
Jovelles Burmese has available for rehoming an adult Devon Rex spey cat. Please contact Chris on 07 4637 0058 if you are interested in this cat.