Framlingham & Saxmundham CP News
26 April 2022
Framlingham and Saxmundham Cats Protection is supporting the ‘Help Stop The Big Kitten Con’ campaign. 68% of cats purchased in the last year were found online, according to the Cats Protection report: Cats and Their Stats (CATS) UK 2021.
Whilst online shopping has become a huge part of our lives, particularly during the pandemic, the online sales of cats and kittens can have heart-breaking consequences. Separating kittens from their mother before the age of eight weeks can have an impact on their behaviour, health and sometimes even their survival.
Unscrupulous sellers, looking to make a quick profit, are selling kittens underage that are weak, prone to illness and in the worse cases may die. Mother cats can be mistreated and kept in poor conditions, bred for their kittens again and again. This is why Cats Protection is calling for cat breeding to be regulated across the UK.
Cat breeding is now regulated in Scotland but not in the rest of the UK. Without regulation, there is no way to stop mis-selling happening. Only by ensuring cat breeding is properly regulated can we protect cats and kittens from suffering. See details and sign the petition at: www.cats.org.uk/kitten-con
If you are thinking of giving a home to a new feline friend, CP has lots of advice on what to look out for when buying a kitten to ensure your new friend is fit, healthy and the correct age: www.cats.org.uk/buying-a-kitten. If in any doubt, adopt-don’t shop!