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Buying a 2yr old GCCF registered cat from private seller. Advice needed

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Ciri, Feb 17, 2020.


  1. Ciri

    Ciri PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm completely new to buying a pedigree cat having only had rescues in the past. I've found a gorgeous Birman online who's just under 2 years old that I would like to rehome. Seller is asking for £600 as she's GCCF registered and pedigree. This seems to be a going rate for a pedigree kitten but i have a few Qs:
    - what paperwork do I need to ask for
    - how do I know the cat the seller hands me is the cat the paperwork relates to (cat not microchipped)
    - is there transfer of ownership paperwork? What does this entail?
    - if I want to 'show' the cat in the future will there be any hindrance to me doing this?

    Is there anything else I should be wary of? Most advice seems to relate to buying a kitten, what is different about buying a [young] adult cat?
     
  2. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    That's a heck of a price for a 2yo cat. I think I found that advert, registered active. And sold unneutered by the look of it.

    Read the sticky thread about what the papers should look like.
     
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  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    @Ciri - I would be curious why a breeder is selling a 2 year old un-neutered GCCF registered pedigree female. Has the cat been bred and the breeder is now retiring her? If so why is the cat not being neutered before being re-homed?

    Are you buying the cat to breed from her? If not, and you plan to have her spayed, then as Oriental Slave said, it's a lot of money to pay for a 2 yr old cat you are getting as a pet.
     
  4. tyg'smum

    tyg'smum PetForums Senior

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    I've never bought a pedigree cat, so can't advise on that, but the first thing that comes to mind is why they're selling an adult cat?
     
  5. Ciri

    Ciri PetForums Newbie

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  6. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Ok, but why is she selling her un-neutered? Just to ask more money for her perhaps?
     
  7. Ciri

    Ciri PetForums Newbie

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    Perhaps to leave the door open for buyers who want to breed her? I said I thought the price was high but she didn't sound like she would budge. I'm attracted to this cat as I feel a younger kitten will require much more 'training' time plus less likely to know the temperament of if that makes sense?
     
  8. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Doesn't sound like she cares much about what happens to the cat. Hope she's healthy.
     
  9. tyg'smum

    tyg'smum PetForums Senior

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    I'd be very worried about someone who wants to sell a potential breeding queen but isn't interested in the home it's going to.
     
  10. Rufus15

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    It's normal for breeders to rehome adults if they've run them on to see their development or if they don't fit into the cat family dynamic, will she be neutered before she goes to you? Selling a retiree still entire is extremely unethical.

    Paperwork needed is a GCCF registration card issued by GCCF. You can see a copy of this in this thread

    Without a chip number, you don't know if the paperwork matches the cat so you have to go on trust. You can, however, match it up with the colour of the cat and the colour of the parents

    The details to transfer ownership are on the back of the GCCF registration card. You can do it by post, phone, or online

    There are no hinderances to you showing in future, and you'll find a few exhibitors on the forum that are willing to help and support you

    There's very little different between buying a kitten or an adult cat, except for neutering. An adult should always be neutered before being placed in a new home (although kittens should be neutered too). Otherwise, health tests, proof of vaccination, registration card and pedigree should be provided, in the same way one would expect with kittens. The only thing missing with an adult is the 5 weeks free insurance, the insurance companies won't put it on an adult rehome.
     
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  11. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    Unless the breeder/owner doesn't want her shown, or she's been shown and doesn't care for it.
    OP needs to have that discussion with the breeder or owner.

    However, with the cat not being spayed before rehoming I would walk away.
     
  12. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Breeder / previous owner can't stop a cat being shown in gccf.
     
  13. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    It would be very, very unusual for a decent breeder to pick up a female from P4H for breeding. Quite possibly unheard of. Having a cat from a friend which some do is quite different. Not neutering this girl is leaving her vulnerable to BYBs.
     
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