more people are getting scammed thinking they are
buying ‘cheap’ kittens on the internet.
artists created bogus websites, frequently using the
names of well-respected, registered catteries and
photographs of kittens and their ‘parent cats’. A
reverse image search usually shows that the pictures
have been downloaded from a legitimate breeder’s
website usually runs for a few weeks, and then it is
replaced with another, so as to be able to catch
‘breeders’ claim to be South African. They often
advertise a wide range of breeds for sale, such as
Persians, Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest Cats, Spyynx.
Be wary of ‘breeders’ that are advertising many cat
breeds. Often, they will have the exact breed, sex,
and colour that a buyer is wanting.
buyer asks to visit and see the kittens (and having
established the buyer’s domicile), they will
indicate that their cattery is based in another
province in a difficult to access area. Despite the
fact that is an outlying area they usually just
happen to be sending another kitten the following
day and can plan for “your kitten” to travel at the
‘sales’ are usually handled via WhatsApp or, less
often, e-mail. Sometimes they will provide a
landline telephone number, but the area code will
not match the place that the scammer claims to live.
claim to be South African and will provide a photo
of a (stolen) SA ID in exchange for a copy of the
buyer’s ID. This becomes their next identity.
generally insist that a ‘deposit’ is paid to secure
the kitten. After a short while, when the ‘buyer’
tries to follow up, there is no response from the
contact numbers that were provided. Alternatively,
more money is requested for “shipping” (cats are not
cargo), temperature-controlled travel crates (these
do not exist), a CITES certificate (for wild,
endangered animals into or out of SA), a
cross-border permit. The ingenuity of scammers
kittens should never be re-homed under the age of 12
weeks, so be suspicious if kittens are being
advertised as ready for re-homing at a younger age.
considering a pedigree kitten, if possible, visit
the breeder and inspect the cattery. Phone, ask
questions, build a relationship with the breeder who
should be willing to answer any relevant queries.
Follow the breeder on social media to get a good
sense of the cattery and breeding ethos.
Verify for yourself
that the breeder is registered with either the SACC
(the Registrar of the South African Cat Council at
011 616 7017/082 549 2931, or email: email@example.com
or CFSA (Cat Federation of Southern Africa – 016 987
KUSA is the Kennel
Union of South Africa. It is for dogs! A reputable
breeder will never make this mistake.
seems to be too good to be true, that is because it
is too good to be true!
MAKE SURE BEFORE YOU ADOPT.