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Help change the law to prevent the sale of sick and underage kittens

21 October 2016
Help change the law to prevent the sale of sick and underage kittens

Sadly there are those who, more motivated by money than welfare, are selling kittens that are sick and often far too young to be separated from the mother cat. Buyers report paying hundreds of pounds to private sellers for kittens that are ill and/or under eight weeks old.

The true cost of a kitten to a purchaser can be the heartbreak of buying a kitten that becomes sick – and in some cases dies – and facing significant vet bills.

The Government is reviewing the law governing the sale of pets for the first time in over 60 years. Cats Protection wants better safeguards for the commercial sale of all types of cats across the board whether they are non-pedigree ‘moggies’ or pedigrees.

We know that there are responsible sellers out there and that good practice and high welfare standards exist, particularly within membership organisations like the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) that register pedigree breeds and advise on welfare.

Cats Protection is calling for:

  • prohibition on sales of kittens under eight weeks
  • closure of legal loopholes that allow repeat commercial breeding for sale from the family cat or cats
  • a clear definition of commercial pet sales to protect the welfare of cats and kittens

For more information on how you can help support our appeal, please click here