More and more people are getting scammed in buying
'cheap' kittens from the internet via bogus websites
and 'For Free Advertising' sites.
artists create bogus websites, using the cattery
names of well-respected, registered and accredited
cat breeders, and posting pictures of kittens and
their 'parent cats', that they have downloaded from
South African as well as international breeder
websites. They run the bogus website for a few
weeks, and then replace it with another, so as to be
able to con yet another bunch of victims. These
'breeders' claim to be South African, they often
advertise a range of 'available' kittens for sale,
such as Persians, Ragdolls, Maine Coons, Norwegian
Forest, Sphynx etc, with a cellphone number.
When contacted and asked if it is possible to
visit and see the kittens (and having established
the buyer's domicile), they will indicate that their
cattery is based in another province. The 'sales'
are always handled telephonically or via e-mail.
Sometimes they will provide a landline telephone
number, but closer inspection of the area code may
indicate that the scammer is not based where he
claims to be.
If requested, a picture of the respective kitten
may be sent electronically - more often than not
downloaded from the website of a legitimate breeder.
They generally require a 'deposit' to be paid, often
R2000 to R3000. After a short while, when the
'buyer' tries to follow up, there is no response
from the contact numbers that were provided.
Be wary of a 'breeder' that is advertising an
unusually large number of cat breeds . The following
is an actual examples of text in scam
'Kittens leaving at 9wks old, KUSA reg. ' (KUSA =
Kennel Union of South Africa, for registration of
When considering the acquisition of a pedigree
kitten, make every effort to visit the breeder and
inspect the cattery if you are in the area. Phone
and ask questions... you will 'hear' that they are
NOT South African. Build a relationship with the
breeder from the start.
Check if the breeder and/or cattery is registered
with either the SACC (the
Registrar of the South African Cat Register at
011 616 7017,
or email: email@example.com) or CFSA (Cat
Federation of Southern Africa -
016 987 1170,
e-mail: CFSARegister@gmail.com). Even though the
advertiser may claim that his/her cats are SACC ,
CFSA or CASA registered, verify this for yourself.
Pedigreed kittens should never be re-homed under
the age of 12 weeks, so be suspicious if younger
kittens are being advertised as ready for re-homing.
Breeding registered cats on a reputable manner is a
costly exercise, therefore 'cheap' kittens are a
dead giveaway that something is not right. Reputable
breeders will advertise on their own websites, known
animal magazines or known animal websites.
MAKE SURE BEFORE YOU ADOPT.