Thinking of getting a cat? Read this first

If you're thinking of getting a cat or a kitten, you need to make sure that it's old enough bring home, that it's been chipped and that it has had all its shots.

A kitten should not be sold or given away until it's 12 weeks old. Buying a kitten younger than that could cause many problems.

The kitten should be inspected by a vet, microchipped and vaccinated at least 7 days before you bring it home.

The cat should be vaccinated when it is 8 weeks old and then again when it's 12 weeks old. If your cat is not vaccinated when you buy it, you should book a time to do so.

Talk with your breeder about the cat and ask if the cat has been socialized at an early stage.