Buying a cat? Why you should adopt from Cats Protection instead
Our centres are full of cats and kittens seeking a permanent home – in fact, in 2017, we homed 43,000 cats. We aim to encourage potential owners to consider adopting from us or other welfare organisations to ensure all cats have the opportunity to be homed.
If you are sure you want to purchase a cat, always ensure you’re buying from a reputable breeder or seller. Kittens in particular should be visited when they are still with their mother and should look healthy, alert and sociable. You can find out more about what you should be looking for in our guide.
Buying a cat: Find out more
All cats have different personalities, in the same way that humans do. Some are content to be handled, making them the perfect pet for children or older people.
Others will shy away from attention, only interacting when they choose to. If you’re unsure how to choose a cat, consider whether you’d like an energetic of playful pet, or whether you’d be more compatible with a cat that spends its time curled up asleep!
When visiting our branches and centres, you’ll get a good idea of what each cat is like from their descriptions, or by talking to some of the volunteers and staff that look after them.
How can I choose a cat that is right for my family?
Do you have children at home, or even other pets? Are you concerned about the best cat for a busy family? Choosing a cat that will suit your circumstances is vital.
Getting a cat for the first time
If you have other pets in your home, think carefully about whether they are likely to get on with a new cat. Consider your animals’ ages, personalities and previous experiences.