- Getting a cat – Gumtree?
Possible pitfalls I guess are the same as buying a puppy from such a source. Major health problems, inbreeding etc. You could approach it the same way as people do with dogs and actually choose a breed of cat that suits your lifestyle and go meet the breeders. Or why not look out for a rescue that are rescuing a liter of kittens rather than cats and not support people who just let their cats/dogs etc churn out offspring like nobodies business.Posted 4 years agoacidchunksMember
Please get one from a reputable animal charity like blue cross or cats protection. It’ll be spayed, it’ will have had its jabs etc it also may be chipped
some rescue centres will offer to spay a kitten as part of the adoption cost once its old enough.Posted 4 years agoGunzMember
If you are going with Gumtree try to look for adverts that state you can see one of the kitten’s parents, that it’s the very least 8 weeks old, has been handled regularly and whether it is house trained/flead/de-wormed. These are all signs that the owner knows their cats.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t pay over the odds, as far as I’m concerned you’re doing the owner a favour taking a non-perdigree off their hands so I’d pay a maximum of £20 if the cat has been de-wormed and flead.
We’re getting a couple of little black kittens this weekend for our Daughter as our old moggy died a few weeks ago. She is very excited but obviously I am in no way moved by the thought of two cute kittens in the house – ahem.acidchunksMember
So, how much does cat ownership actually cost these days?
Depends on eating habits and general health.
Ours rarely needs taking to the vets but insists on eating his own body weight in Gourmet Pearle on a daily basis.
Strongly recommend keeping on top of the worming & flea treatments and getting affordable health insurance.Posted 4 years agoahwilesSubscriber
thing is, it’s not car/house insurance, it’s medical insurance.
It’s entirely possible to go 10 years or more without making a claim on your house/car insurance. The chance that a cat will end up needing some expensive treatment is close to 100%.
the insurance company needs to cover £X,000, in about 10 years of payments.
i’m not suggesting it’s a good idea, but instead of pet-insurance, we’ll be putting £20/month in a pet-bills savings account.
ask a vet about kittens, he/she will be desperate to house some, more-or-less constantly.Posted 4 years agoversesSubscriber
We got a 5month old via the Cats Protection League a few weeks back.
They were very helpful (unlike the RSPCA), charged £55 and for that it had;
– been dewombed (if she’d been too young they would have paid for the op for us further down the line)
– injections (again they’d have paid for this after, if she hadn’t been done before we collected her)
– a months insurance
– litter trained
She’s loopy and ace, I’m not sure that the CPL arranged those features though.
We’re letting her out of the house for the first time this weekend… Eeh, they grow up so quickly… 😆Posted 4 years agobensalesMember
I forgot to say, ours came from the CPL, already spayed, chipped, and litter trained. £50 donation was made in ‘payment’ for her.
I second all the suggestions of getting a rescue, unless you’re desperate for a pedigree, in which case you want a reputable breeder, not Gumtree.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
OH had a lot of kittens brought in the other week.
Definitely go to a charity if there is one near you or your local vets. they will have had all their checks and jabs etc, should be microchipped if from a charity etc. You will have to pay a donation to the charity but that is fiar enough as it covers all the stuff they have done and pays for their hard work. From a vet it will probably be free, especially if it’s your local one as they will be getting a new client!Posted 4 years ago1981mikedMember
Definitely get it from a responsible place, cats protection or other..
We got out 4 year old short hair silver tabby called Marley in August.. I don’t even like cats, I just like her!
We had been getting visits from the Neighbours cat, the wife started to feed it and it kept coming back so I said lets just get one..
We went to “look” at the cats in the re-homing centre, we saw Marley looking properly scared and uneasy in the corner of her pen, I went in to see her, she then hid behind a blanket.. I fell in love with the little menace there and then, the wife went in and she came straight up to say hello to her..
We picked her up 3 days later, “give her time to settle in, she won’t come out her carry box for ages”… They said! I opened the box and she was out in a flash, explored the whole house and took residence on my big chair in the man cave and promptly fell asleep all night!
Next day she was a bit shy, but eventually came down for food, took another day to use the litter tray, then started sitting with us in the living room… Normally cosied up to me! She sits on the windowsill now and is more independent as she know we aren’t going to abandon her. She is a house cat tho, goes mental at the sight of other cats, we let her out once and she was scared stiff!
She romes round the house like she owns it, sleeps at the bottom of our bed, sits on my chest to wake me up at weekends, sleeps on our bed all day, gets bed head, always looks guilty, plays at night and eats when we eat.. Proper little madam but I’m not embarrassed to say I love her to bits and wouldn’t change her for the world.
If I could post a pic I would! Always happy to see the wife, normally happy to see me and more so when I feed her.
Costs are:Posted 4 years ago
£11 per month insurance
£15 per month in food (max, including biscuits and treats)
£4 per month in cat litter
£2.50 per month in flea treatmentjohn_drummerMember
boblo, your cat looks like ours.
‘cept ours can operate the computer:
he’s a rescue cat, and an indoor cat at that. He doesn’t want to go out. Which is good because the three we had before him all got run over 🙁
and he’s the nicest cat we’ve ever had
so don’t discount rescue catsPosted 4 years agosaleemMember
We got two kittens last November from an animal sanctuary, they’re a brother and sister who have completely different personalities. We had to wait until they’d had all their vaccinations.Posted 4 years ago
The people from the sanctuary asked us lots of questions about where we lived, was it our own house or rented, busy or quiet road etc etc, they then came and did a home inspection to see if they’d let us have the kittens.
We paid £60 donation for each of them.
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