Solving common cat problems

Hi Connie,

We have two cats and we are moving back to the UK.

One we have had for a few years and has been chipped and got his passport. Our other cat has never become domesticated.

She lets us stoke her but won’t be picked up.

It is impossible to get her chipped and we don’t want to just leave her.

Regards, Sheila

Hi Sheila,

I would have thought that as you can stroke her, then you can pick her up and put her in a cat basket.

A vet can then deal with it. You should wear protective clothing to do this – eye goggles, gloves, thick clothing.

I think just leaving her would be cruel.

Best wishes, Connie

Dear Connie,

I was interested in your article about getting a pedigree kitten. I am looking into it and visiting a breeder, what else should I look out for?

Best wishes, Amy

Dear Amy,

Check how many adults cats there are, if there are a lot, don’t buy, as it could mean that the breeder is doing it for profit.

Check for runny eyes or snuffles. If they have them, do not buy.

Does the kitten approach you? Can it be handled?

If it cowers away, it hasn’t been properly socialised. You must see the mother with her kittens, not just the kitten.

Sometimes bad breeders keep cats in a barn and just bring out the kittens.

Regards, Connie

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