What to look out for

A handy checklist

Use this checklist to help you decide if the cat is the right one for you:

  • Have you met the cat in its home?
  • Will the owner let you meet the cat twice before taking it home?
  • Is the cat comfortable when you pick it up?
  • Is the cat you saw in the ad definitely the cat you're stroking?
  • Do medical records show you he or she is a healthy cat?
  • Has the cat been vaccinated?
  • Has the cat been treated for worms or other parasites?
  • If you already have a cat, does this cat like being around other cats?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, think twice before you take the cat home with you. If you have any concerns about animal welfare, report the advert to Gumtree or you can contact the RSPCA directly.