Allison explains how to buy a new kitten
April marks the start of National Pet Month, a UK-wide initiative aimed at raising awareness of responsible pet ownership. So Allison Snutch, our head nurse, and their team, thought that they would take the opportunity, to mark last year’s introduction of Lucy’s Law, on buying new pets, and offer advice on the best way to get a new kitten.
They’ve given you some quick pet purchasing pointers below as well as creating a handy infographic for you to download and share with friends and family who may be considering buying a new kitten during the last throws of lockdown and beyond.
Northlands Veterinary Hospital's four top tips for anyone considering buying a new kitten.
- Before going straight to a licensed breeder consider buying a rescue pet. The RSPCA’s ‘Find a Pet’ service is a great starting point
- If you’re planning to get a new kitten from a breeder then do your research and check they are legitimate
- Take your time, perhaps wait until lockdown rules allow you to visit the breeder or rescue centre a few times
- Never, ever, buy from someone ‘online’ who then offers to hand it over somewhere ‘convenient’, like a car park or motorway services
Please do download and share our full list of buying advice from the link below. By sharing & following these pointers, we can all help stop the illegal trade in puppies and kittens.
What is Lucy’s Law and what Does it Mean?
When Lucy’s Law was enacted the in April 2020 the Government made a statement that said…
‘Lucy’s Law’ means that anyone wanting to get a new puppy or kitten in England must now buy direct from a breeder or consider adopting from a rescue centre instead. Licensed dog breeders are required to show puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth. If a business sells puppies or kittens without a licence, they could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.
We’re Here to Help
If you’ve just bought a new pet and you’re not sure if the supplier met the new standards, then don’t worry. Just give us a call and bring your new puppy or kitten in for a check-up. We’re here to help whenever you need us.
Once again, please do share this article and our free download with friends and family and help stop the sale of kittens from high volume, low welfare sources.