Kitten and Cat Breeders
National & Local Cat Breeders and Catteries with Photos of Kittens For Sale
Catteries: Hobby and Registry Breeders: What Should You Look For?
There are two different kinds of catteries. The first is a boarding cattery, where you may temporarily house your pet in a safe, warm, loving environment attuned to your cat’s needs while you are away.
The second kind of cattery is a breeding cattery. If you’re in the market for a cat and you want to adopt one from a good breeder, the condition of the cattery and the breeder’s behavior, records, and certifications will tell you whether or not the cattery is a good one.
Visit catteries before you adopt your pet, or to research what is involved before starting your own cattery.
What to look for in a good cattery and what to emulate in your own:
• Staff is friendly and accommodating
It’s a big red flag if the cattery staff doesn’t let you simply come in and walk around to take a look at the accommodations on short notice. If that is your reception, look elsewhere.
• The cattery has both indoor and outdoor areas
Accommodations should be made for both indoor and outdoor enclosures; outdoor enclosures are especially necessary for males who tend to spray. Outdoor areas should be clean and enclosed so that cats can safely play, with indoor areas also completely enclosed for sleeping and keeping warm.
• The cattery has happy, content cats
Although it’s certainly true that many cats will have shy personalities, the cats that are currently in residence there should be happy, stimulated, well-fed, and clearly very well taken care of.
• Premises are very clean
There should be no strong “litter box odor” in the cattery, and the cattery units should all have clean bedding, litter boxes, feeding bowls, and water bowls.
• Breeder interactions with cats are frequent and relaxed
When you’re looking at kittens, take note of the breeder’s interactions. Does the breeder easily pick up, play and interact with the kittens as they are shown to you? Are the kittens comfortable and relaxed as they are handled? Does the breeder clearly know the cats and kittens very well? Remember, even kittens spend approximately 10 to 12 weeks with their mothers at the cattery before adoption, so familiarity and affection are a must.
• Veterinary records
If you’ve looked at litters and have chosen a kitten you like and want to adopt, make sure you ask for the parents’ veterinary records (and pedigrees as applicable) before you agree to the adoption. Veterinary records will show that the cats have had proper vaccinations and have been seen by a vet as necessary, or at least within the last 12 months. It’s important that parent cats have been tested for feline infectious peritonitis and feline leukemia even if they are completely indoor cats. Similarly, the parents should be tested for breed-specific problems like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (for Bengal cats), specific to the breed you are adopting.
• Code of ethics
The breeder you choose should follow the code of ethics for any professional organizations they belong to (such as The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.) They should be able to show you documentation as proof.
• Health guarantee and certificate
If you adopt a kitten, make sure you’re given a health certificate that guarantees replacement of any kitten with a genetic disorder.
• Veterinarian contact
Your breeder should be willing to give you the name of the veterinarian who has all records showing that shots, etc., are up-to-date for the kitten you plan to take home.
• Before you take your kitten home
Your breeder should give your kitten at least two sets of shots and two wormings before you take it home.
• When you take your kitten home
Your kitten should be at least 8 to 10 weeks old when you take it home or 12 weeks if you need to fly with it. It should be on a good quality kitten food and your breeder should send you home with enough to get you through about a week, until you can get your own.
If you want to breed cats
Hobby or registry breeder?
If you’re starting your own cattery, you may be wondering whether you can do it as a hobby, and you certainly can. Regardless, you’ll be required to follow any laws that affect breeders, including local ordinances, and you’ll have to be up-to-date on the tax laws even if you only breed cats as a hobby. Consult a qualified accountant to make sure you file your taxes correctly.
Organizations that register purebred cats
The Traditional Cat Association, Inc. (TCA), and the North American Purebred Cat Registry are two organizations that recognize and register purebred cat breeds. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) calls itself the “world’s largest registry of pedigreed breeds.” Registering your breeding cats and resultant litters of kittens will reassure potential buyers that you are indeed a reputable breeder and that the cats you produce are purebred.
Registries and pedigrees
Even if you only breed cats as a hobby, you should register your cattery with an organization such as CFA and only breed so called “papered” or pedigreed cats. Your cats’ papers show that they are genuine, purebred members of their breed. It’s not enough to breed cats that merely “look like” a particular breed.
Reputable breeders can always produce the appropriate documentation, and it’s not expensive. CFA, for example, currently charges $75 to register a cattery for the initial five years, and then $25 for every five years thereafter.
The parents of any litter should both be pedigreed and duly registered. If they are, CFA or other registry organizations such as TCA will have records for them. Contact your cats’ original breeder(s) to obtain them if necessary. Once the parents have the proper paperwork, you can register litters via online or paper application, with a cost of about $10 to register the entire litter.
Current estimates by various animal rights and veterinary associations indicate that cats are the world’s number one pet. More than 200, 000,000 felines are kept as house pets across the globe with some estimates reaching 500,000,000.
The American Veterinary Medical Association compiled the U.S. Ownership and Demographic Source book in 2007; at that time, nearly 82,000,000 cats were pets in the USA alone, outnumbering all other pet choices. Using an average length of 21” per cat, if they were lined up nose to tail, those 82 million animals would completely circle the Earth!
Whatever the actual number may be, it’s safe to say that cats are the favorite pet of human beings here on planet Earth today. That’s quite an accomplishment for an ancient animal largely unchanged through the centuries. In 2004, archaeologist Denis Vigne (from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris) led a research team that discovered a human grave containing many precious objects, including a kitten. The site, located in Cyprus, has been dated as being 9,500 years old. The researchers wrote that, “the joint burial indicates a strong association between the human and cat, and that the kitten in the grave is possibly the world’s oldest known pet cat .