If this advert states that the cat or kitten is Registered, it means the cat has been registered with one of the cat registering bodies : GCCF, TICA or FIFE. The cat will have a pedigree certificate which records all of the cats details and the cats ancestors/lineage. Please ask the advertiser for a copy of the pedigree certificate before buying the cat or kitten and confirm it is genuine with the registering body.
If this advert states that the cat or kitten is not registered, this means that the cat does not come with an official pedigree certificate from one of the registering bodies, and its ancestors/lineage cannot be traced.
Microchipping a cat is the process of implanting a chip under the cats skin and registering the keepers details on a national database so that the cats keeper can be traced.
Although microchipping cats is not mandatory like it will be shortly for dogs, it is still advisable that all responsible cat owners/breeders make sure their kittens/cats are microchipped and that their details are kept up-to-date on the microchipping database.
When buying or adopting a cat/kitten that is microchipped, make sure the seller gives you the paperwork that accompanies the pets microchip, and that you contact the microchip company to update your details as the registered keeper of the pet within 21 days.
Licensing of Activities Involving Animals
From 1st October 2018 the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect.
Breeding Dogs An animal activities license is required for anyone who keeps a breeding establishment (Including private dwellings) for dogs which meets the following conditions :
If in a 12 month period their dogs give birth to 3 litters or more, regardless of whether they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs.
Anyone “in the business” of breeding and selling dogs needs to be licensed regardless of the number of litters they have in a 12 month period. *
Selling Animals as Pets An animal activities license may be required for someone who is “in the business” of selling animals as pets. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet. This can be any types of pets, from cats, rabbits, rodents and other pets. *
* The decision as to whether you are classed as “in the business” of breeding and selling dogs, or selling animals as pets is decided by your local council and the requirements vary between each local council authority. Many local authorities apply a business test which they will use to determine whether an individual requires a license.
Finding a Local Councils Requirements You can use the Find Your Local Council website page to check what the requirements are within your local authority as well as the contact details needed to discuss anything further with them.
Third Party Sales Please note that Pets4Homes do not allow anyone to advertise kittens or puppies bred by third parties. All Puppies or kittens advertised MUST have been bred by yourself, unless you are rehoming an older pet that you can no longer keep.
Reporting an Advertiser If you believe this advertiser should be licensed and they have stated they are not, then please report them directly to their local council via their website, who are responsible for licensing and should be able to investigate the advertiser and liase with ourselves.
All cats should be vaccinated and have their vaccinations kept up-to-date, this is part of being a responsible cat owner and will be your responsibility.
Kittens should receive 2 vaccinations, the first at around 8 weeks of age and the second, two to three weeks later. Kittens should not be allowed outside until 7 days after their second injection. Cats require booster vaccinations occasionally and should be discussed with your local Vet..
If the seller has not vaccinated their cat/kitten, then it will be your responsibility to make sure this is done straight away.
Many responsible cat breeders will keep their kittens longer, and make sure they have been fully vaccinated before they let them go to new homes.
If the seller has said the cat/kitten is vaccinated, please make sure you receive the cats vaccination record paperwork.
Neutering is a small surgical operation performed by a vet to prevent a cat from being able to have kittens.
If you do not wish for your cat to have kittens, then neutering your cat is a great idea and has many health benefits.
Gorgeous loving boy
Bengal /British Shorthair
Best of both worlds
The loving nature of the British with the beauty and charima of the bengal
Safety Notice from Pets4Homes - NEVER send money for a deposit or pay for a pet online. ALWAYS visit the advertisers home to view the pet and confirm they are genuine. Before contacting the seller, you MUST read our Pet Buying/Adoption Checklist below.
Before contacting or visiting the advertiser for this Bengal. Please make sure you have printed and read this checklist fully. Do NOT buy a cat or kitten from the advertiser unless you are happy that they follow all the advice on the list.
Do your research first Getting a new cat or kitten is a massive commitment, so make sure you have researched the breed fully and have the time and commitment necessary to care for the cat. You can read our detailed Information guide about cats for potential new cat owners. Also read our Bengal Cat breed information profile.
Confirm that the advertiser is genuine You should verify this by arranging to visit the cat or kitten at the advertisers home, if they make excuses or try to ask for money or a deposit without seeing the cat, or if the advertiser attempts to deliver the kittens or meet you at any other location than their own home, then please do not agree to this. NEVER pay for a cat or send money as a deposit without visiting and seeing the cat at its home beforehand. Please read our article on avoiding potential scams. If you are unsure that the advertiser is genuine, please report them to us.
Check the Health of the kitten or cat It can be difficult for the average person to check if a cat or kitten is healthy or not, so if you decide to adopt or buy the kitten, make sure that the seller agrees that you can return them within 48 hours for a full refund after taking the cat or kitten to a Vet of your choice for a health check. The seller should be willing to let you do this. If the kitten has already been health checked by their own vet, make sure you get evidence for this in the form of vet records and phone their vet to confirm this.
Can the kittens be viewed with their Mother? The advertiser should ALWAYS let you see the kittens with their mother, and in certain circumstances should let you see the kittens father. Not being able to see the kittens mother is a sign the kittens have not been bred by the advertiser. Pets4Homes do not allow the third party sale of kittens. All litters of kittens advertised, MUST have been bred by the advertiser.
Is the kitten or cat up to date with their vaccinations? kittens should receive 2 vaccinations, the first at around 8 weeks of age and the second, two to three weeks later. Kittens should not be allowed outside until 7 days after their second injection. Cats should also receive a yearly vaccination booster. Ask the breeder which vaccinations they have had and if not, why not. If the seller has not started the kittens vaccinations, it will be your responsibility to make sure you arrange both vaccinations 7 days before letting your kitten go outside. (More Info)
Have the kittens been treated for worms and fleas? Kittens should really be wormed at around 2 weeks of age, and again at around 5 weeks of age, and finally just before they leave the seller/breeder at 8 to 12 weeks of age.
Is the cat/kitten registered with the GCCF, TICA or FIFe? If they are, then check to make sure you are given the correct documents BEFORE you decide to take the cat home. It may also be worth phoning the organisation to check the information provided is correct.
Please read visit our Pet Advice section for further information before buying a cat or kitten. Here are a few very useful articles you should read first :