Choosing a Kitten

If you are considering buying a kitten, it is really important that you consider the following;

  • Do you have the right environment for a cat? Are you away from a busy road, railway line?
  • Have you considered the costs involved of being a pet owner?
  • Do you have arrangements in place for when you are away?
  • Do you have suitable veterinary provision available?
  • How will this impact other pets in the home?

Once you have considered all of the above and if you have decided to buy a kitten rather than rescue then please see the following advice;

  • Have you seen where the kitten lives and checked it is well cared for?
  • Has the kitten been checked by a vet? If so, you should be given details?
  • Has the kitten been wormed and vaccinated? There should be documentation of this
  • Have you seen the mother of the kitten? What is her health status? Does she look healthy and well cared for?
  • Where have the kittens been kept? Keeping kittens in a busy home environment will enable them to feel less scared of humans and a normal home environment when they are older
  • Kittens should not be removed from their mother’s until they are 8/9 weeks old and should appear healthy and alert

Please see more information on what to look out for when buying a kitten below;

We look forward to welcoming your new family member to our practice and are on hand for help and advice both on healthcare but also on overall wellbeing.

2 Mill Road, West Mersea

Colchester, Essex



Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri:  8:30 - 19:00

Sat: 8:30 - 12:30

Tel: 01206 384999

 Sun & BH: closed

Out of Hours Tel : 01206 842224

Additionally we are closed:

Sat 16th April

Sat 3rd June 



Did you know? ..Blackwater Vets is one of only just a few veterinary practices in the Colchester region that hold cat friendly clinic status?