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Where to Buy A Pedigreed Kitten

Before you decide to adopt or purchase a cat it is a good idea to think about whether you want a pedigreed kitten or not. The greatest advantage to owning pedigreed or purebred is you will have a better idea of what his temperament is like and also you will know what illnesses the breed is disposed to. Illness can be harder to predict in a mixed breed cat.

The best source for pedigreed cats is professional breeders or breed rescue organizations. You can find responsible breeders at cat shows, through the cat registries and on the Internet.

Whatever you do, avoid buying a purebred cat through a kitten broker. Usually these cats come from kitten mills where cats are bred several times a year by mother cats as young as seven months who are crammed into cages. A pet store is also not the best place to buy a purebred kitten as often those animals can also be purchased through kitten mills. Be sure to inquire.

If you don't have particular breed in mind then do the world a favor and adopt a pedigreed one from a shelter. If you're thinking about cost, mixed breed kittens and cats are generally inexpensive or free, while pedigreed kittens are sometimes quite costly. Shelters usually require a donation of some kind, and if you are given a free kitten you may have to pay for vaccinations and spaying or neutering.

A breeder, a shelter, a friend or neighbor, or someone advertising kittens, may have the perfect pet for you. But wherever you decide to get your kitten or cat, just make sure a few basic criteria are met.

First, be sure the kittens and cats in the facility appear to be healthy. While this may present less of an issue in a private home, it certainly can be a problem in some cats housed by what are called occasional breeders. Occasional breeders are in the business to make a bit of money on the side but this does not guarantee that the cat is absolutely purebred or that the breeder does not practice irresponsible breeding practices, such as mating females with males at age seven months.

A true professional breeder usually has already tested members of the litter for common diseases. They have also vaccinated the cat. Professional breeders also do not discard cats that are not up to show standards in any way. They offer them up for sale and explain to you why it is not a show cat.

A professional breeder of pedigreed will be able to tell you a little bit about the temperament of each of the cats.

Pedigreed cats simply tend to have better and more predictable childhoods than orphaned cats, cats from kitten mills, brokers, kitten mills or irresponsible occasional breeders. This is not necessarily true of a kitten that ends up in a shelter as it may have come from a loving home, but the owner may have had to give the animal up for health or other reasons. Still, picking up a mixed breed or a cat that looks purebred from a shelter does not guarantee a cat that will socialize easily. At least if you pick up a pedigreed cat you know what kind of health and behavioral problems it is likely to display during its lifetime so you can prepare yourself for caring for the cat financially.