Kittens for sale
Bringing a new kitten home is exciting, but it’s a big commitment. You’re providing a cat with a loving home for the next 14+ years of their life. They need lots of time and attention so the decision to get a new feline family member should never be taken lightly.
Wherever your kitten comes from, it should be sociable and bright-eyed with no visible health problems. A kitten also shouldn’t be taken away from their mother until they are eight or nine weeks old.
If you've been lucky to welcome a new kitten into your home our range of official RSPCA-endorsed pet-care guides published by Harper Collins are a great option for tips and advice covering all aspects of daily care including housing, feeding, hygiene and grooming.
Where will your kitten come from?
Adopting a kitten
The UK is experiencing a cat crisis and our adoption centres are often full. We rehomed around 30,000 cats and kittens in 2013. Consider adopting a kitten before buying a kitten from a breeder when you see kittens for sale or kittens for free. You’ll find that the affection of a rehomed pet that needed a second chance is all the more rewarding.
If you adopt a kitten from us you can be sure that they're ready to go to a new home and are happy and healthy. Where possible, they'll also come:
- vaccinated, where appropriate
- with six week’s free pet insurance
- with all the advice you need
- neutered, where appropriate
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Buying a kitten
If you want a purebred choose a breeder carefully and be sure their cats are well looked after. Make sure you see the kitten where it was bred before committing yourself. Like dogs, purebred cats can be more prone to health problems. Take time to find out about the problems associated with different breeds before deciding.
Kitten behaviour and appearance
A kitten should be sociable and alert with bright eyes no visible health problems. They should stay with their mothers until they are around 8-9 weeks, taking them away earlier than this can lead to behavioural issues.
Questions to ask
- Before buying a kitten from a breeder it is important to ask some questions. You’ll need to know:
- Who bred the kitten? Always meet the breeder and see where the kitten lives so you can learn its history and check it is well cared for.
- Is the litter healthy? Have the kittens been health checked by a vet and treated for anything. If so, you should be given details.
- Is the mother healthy? Find out if she’s been vaccinated and wormed as if she hasn’t her kittens may be more likely encounter health problems.
- How many litters has she had? Be wary of breeders who have bred a lot from one cat. It could indicate irresponsible breeding and mean the kittens aren’t well looked-after.
- Have the kittens been wormed? A lot of kittens are born with worms so they should be wormed (with veterinary advice).
- Are they vaccinated? Kittens normally have their first vaccinations at eight or nine weeks. The vet will have provided documentation of this.
- Any known disease risks? Cats can suffer hereditary diseases, these can be more common in purebreeds. A vet may be able to screen them to find out how likely they are to be affected.
- Are they microchipped? Microchipping is very important. If the breeder hasn’t microchipped the kitten you can arrange this yourself.
- Where have they been kept? It is good to keep kittens in a busy environment like a kitchen as this will boost their confidence.
- Have the kittens met many people? Kittens need to meet lots of different people to help them feel safe around people when they are adults.
- For more detailed information about what to ask the breeder download our PDF.
Learn more about the responsibilities involved with caring for a kitten.