I want to
have a cat
Tips: A cat joins your home
You want to have a pedigreed cat, many things have to be
taken into consideration.
Do not buy a cat in a pet shop, even you feel sorry for those cats.
demands, no supply.
Contact a breeder, when you want to buy a cat.
There exist many clubs and breeders' lists, when looking
into the phone books or the Internet.
Breeders mostly have
to follow very strict quality rules, especially concerning the health of
cats, their cats must have complete vaccinations and must undergo several
Pedigreed cats have a pedigree, that is like the certificate of birth.
The pedigrees are issued and signed by a registered club. The pedigree is a
certain certificate of quality, because breeders mostly must follow very tough
breeding rules and the information entered in the pedigree is checked by
Always make a
contract with the breeder, where it must be clearly stated, which
documents are provided to you:
- vaccination passport
- eventually also the confirmation of transfer - many
clubs do issue such a transfer paper.
You must receive at least those documents from the breeder.
A pedigree is no reason to increase the sales price of a cat, because a
pedigree is quite cheap and does not really cost so much.
If a breeder
offers you a pedigreed cat without a pedigree for a reasonably cheaper
price, it is better not to buy this cat.
Please read also carefully any special clauses concerning breeding, which
might be included in the contract. It makes a difference in price if you buy
pet quality or breeding quality.
Note: Non-negotiable notices concerning breeding are also mostly
included in the pedigree itself.
The cat must have its vaccinations completed, i.e. 1st and 2nd booster.
Cats, which are vaccinated for the very first time, must have 2 boosters for
each vaccination, in the following years only one booster is needed.
The cat must have at least the following vaccinations:
- vaccination against Panleukopena
- vaccination against respiratory problems (rhinotracheitis)
- vaccination against cat aids (FelV)
If the breeder offers you to pay for the 2nd booster,
which means you shall go
to your own veterinarian for the 2nd booster, it would be better not to take
Only the 1st booster of a vaccination does not guarantee any
Do not buy a kitten which is too young, even little kitten are so cute.
Breeders are usually not permitted to sell kitten before 12
weeks or 3 months of age.
This fact has very good reasons based on the development of a cat:
With a certain
age cats have all the necessary vaccinations.
- Many kitten still drink their
milk at mammy's bar with an age of 10 weeks and more, the longer the better.
A kitten of 3 months age has already a certain weight, which is good and
Do not buy a too young cat, those
kitten are mostly not robust and resistant enough.
A cat is not like a toy, even it looks sweet, and even it is so small and
A kitten is your companion and will become about 15 years old,
sometimes even older. You should keep in mind that you will have to care for
the cat for many years and years, because cats can become quite old.
have to take measurements for your vacations, too, because a cat needs to be fed at
least 2 times per day, kitten need to be fed more frequently.
A cat is also not a suitable Christmas present or a birthday present.
Think about twice if you shall buy a cat, and do not buy a cat if you are
just in the mood to do so. Speak about your wish to buy a cat with your
Visit the breeder where you want to buy a cat.
Thus you can see how the
cat's environment is.
If the breeder only shows you those cats which are for sale and you can not
have a look on the other cats, it is better not to buy a cat from this
Watch the cat which you want to buy for some time.
Kitten like to play
and are very keen on their surrounding, they are always busy when not
asleep. If the kitten is apathic or listless, it is better not to take this
A healthy cat has bright shining eyes.
If the cat shows weeping eyes or the cornea
of the eyes appears to be red, this might be a sign for an inflammation. The
fairy tale that the wind has blown into the eyes of the cat is a mere fairy
The nose must be also clean.
Also inspect the abdominal part of the cat which must be clean and neat, the
anus should not show any sign of reddening, which might be an indication for diarrhoea.
Check if the cat does not have any fleas.
Fleas are located mostly around
the neck and at the base of the tail, you shall not see any signs of flea
A healthy coat is shiny.
If the coat is dull or shaggy, be cautious.
Stroke with your fingers carefully along the back and the flanks, if you can
feel every single bone of the vertebrae or every single rib, this might be a
sign that the cat is undernourished.
Which type of cat do you want to have ?
Think about that slender
shorthaired cats are more active cats.
Is your furniture suitable for a cat
which might jump on your shelves ?
Longhair cats need more intensive grooming. Do you have enough time every
day to brush the cat ? Are you aware that many hairs will fly around in
your apartment when the cat changes its coat, which is the case at least
two times per year ?
Do not buy a cat because of its rare colour or because of its interesting
and special pattern.
Buy a cat because of its type, if it is a longhair or a
shorthair cat, if it is more an active cat or a rather quiet cat.
To own a cat means:
- to accept a great and permanent responsibility -
and this will last for many years.
- to take care
about the daily needs of a cat, to clean the litter box, to provide dishes
with food, to provide a scratching tree, to comb and brush the cat on a
regular basis, to provide enough toys for playing, etc.
- to have enough time for your companion, the cat, to spend time for
care and grooming, but also to spend time every day for playing and cuddling
with your cat.
A responsible breeder will provide you with a
how to take care and how to feed a cat properly.
To own a cat means to spend money. Cats are not cheap companions, the price
to buy a cat is relatively cheap compared to the monthly costs for your cat.
Have your cat neutered, males as well as females, if
you do not intend to breed with them.
Cats, females and males, come into a certain hormone stress, when they are
in heat or when the male looks for a new bride.
You will save a lot of stress for your cat and for yourself, the cat will have a
more peaceful life.
Females, which are not spayed, are more susceptible to inflammations of
the ovary or the uterus, if they are not mated.
Males, which are not neutered, might start to set their markings (spray),
when they become pubescent, and want to claim their territory by leaving
their aroma. When males are neutered, they mostly stop spraying. By the
way, also females may spray!
Do not breed blacklegged.
If you seriously wish to be a breeder, join a registered club.
Do not make your contribution to the increase of the numerous
unregistered cats which are already existing.
Many cat clubs do have an interest, that not too many unplanned cats are bred,
just to generate more pedigrees.
The less the better!
Read the breeding rules a breeder has to follow.
- Ask, which tests are mandatory for certain breeds:
Thus it is absolutely important, that Persians and Exotics, and also
sometimes British Shorthairs are tested for PKD.
White cats must have an audiometric hearing certificate.
Maine Coons shall be tested for HCM and HD.
If a breeder cannot show you those tests, it is better not to take the
- Take also a look at the test results of the parents.
- If those tests described above are not mandatory in a
club, it is better to go to another club.
Ask and collect the information before, it will save you
from a lot of troubles!
Enjoy your new companion
The cat will be your best companion for a life time.