Adopting a Cat
One of your first options when looking at bringing a cat or kitten into your home is to adopt. There are thousands upon thousands of cats and kittens that find themselves living in rehoming centres, shelters and even on the streets through no fault of their own..
Unfortunately the number of cats that need rehoming is a very real and present problem. Adopting a cat or kitten means that you will be giving a very special animal a second chance at life.
How to Adopt a Cat
There are thousands of rehoming and adoption shelters around the UK, all with cats and kittens that are looking for their forever home. If you are thinking of adopting a cat then visit your local centres, it can often pay dividends to visit more than one centre to better the chance of finding a cat that you will want to take home.
Most adoption centres will have strict procedures to ensure that not only is the cat suitable for you, but that you are a good match for the cat; this is especially the case if the cat has been a victim of neglect or abuse. All cats from such centres are fully vaccinated, microchipped and spayed/neutered. You may have to pay a fee to adopt but this will help assist the charity look after more cats in the future.
Buying from a Breeder
If you are looking for a specific breed or a pedigree cat then going to a reputable breeder can be an option; most breeders will specialise in producing a specific type of cat such as a Persian or a Maine Coon. They will have followed the rules and regulations set by their governing body and will be an expert in the particular breed.
It is essential that you use a reputable breeder so that you know you will be buying a healthy and happy cat. There are many things you can do to find a decent breeder who you trust; go to lots of cat shows and meet other people who already own the breed of cat you’re considering buying, they will be able to advise you on the breeders that they used. Alternatively there are cat breed specific rescues that help to rescue, care and rehome specific breeds of cats throughout the UK.