It’s important to choose the right place to get your kitty, whether a kitten or adult cat, so that you don’t unknowingly support an irresponsible (backyard) breeder or kitten farm, which comes with health risks for the kittens and their parents.
The right source will also provide ongoing support if you need help after bringing your furry new friend home!
There are many ethical places you can get a cat from:
- Registered cat breeders
- Purebred cat rescue programs
- Animal shelters and council pounds
- Rescue groups
- National pet adoption websites
- Pet shops (partnered with rescue groups)
Registered Cat Breeders
You can find a responsible and ethical cat breeder registered with a relevant local council or authority and recognised breeder club, such as Australian National Cats (ANCATS), Australian Cat Federation (e.g. Cat Association of Tasmania, Cat Association of the Northern Territory), Co-ordinating Cat Council of Australia (e.g. Cats QLD, Feline Association of South Australia, NSW Cat Fanciers Association Inc).
Animal Shelters, Pounds and Rescue Groups
You can find a kitten or cat from an animal shelter, such as your local RSPCA or Animal Welfare League shelter, council pound, state Cat Protection Society (e.g. Cat Protection Society of NSW) or feline rescue organisation via their website.
Alternatively, you can search on a national online pet adoption database, such as Pound Paws or PetRescue.
Some cat breed clubs also have rescue programs that help find purebred cats a new home. You can also find reputable Facebook groups, like Purebred Cat Rescue, promoting rescue purebred cats available for adoption.
Some veterinary hospitals have rescue kittens available for adoption, especially during kitten season (warmer months)! Keep your paws on your local clinic noticeboard and social media, you never know what you’ll find.
You can find many pet shops, like Sydney’s Kellyville Pets and PetStock, that have partnered with animal rescue organisations and run Pet Adoption Day events, which can be a great opportunity to rescue a homeless cat.
What to avoid
Avoid pet scams and kitten farms, never buy your cat unseen and be suspicious of sellers who encourage you to do so. Remember that pictures online don’t always tell the whole truth!
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