Knowledgeable pet acquisition starts with education and using resources to make an informed decision.
Asking the right questions, researching credible sources and demanding transparency from those who provide companion animals, you can rest assured knowing you are taking the right steps before you select and take home your new family companion.
In today’s digital world, almost everyone uses the internet for shopping, including finding a new cat or kitten!
Don’t worry — it’s easy to spot scams online if you’re aware of the red flags to look for. And it’s even easier to find a good breeder when you know what questions to ask.
Scammers create a sense of urgency with kitten buyers so they can quickly get their cash and then they disappear.
Sketchy payment. The seller asks for wiring of money or payment by gift cards. Be aware that if you choose a non-secure method of payment, it is highly unlikely that you will get your money back.
No phone calls. The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone or in person.
Disclaimer and Warning
Please be aware there are a number of pet sales scam operations. Frequently these companies or individuals will not reveal a physical address or even the names of the individuals other than a website and business name and will request large payments upfront for kittens. It is highly suggested that you do adequate research about the catteries and individuals prior to sending money. TICA strongly recommends that transactions with breeders be undertaken with the same caution and due diligence as one would devote to any important business matter.