Download the cat / kitten bill of sale to record a transaction in which an adult cat or juvenile kitten is sold or transferred from its current owner to a new home. Whether a pet owner is faced with a litter of new (and unexpected) kittens, they want to re-home their older pet due to life circumstances, or they’re a breeder needing a form for their business, the bill of sale gives valuable documentation of the sale for all parties.
Selling Your Cat / Kitten
Pets like cats and kittens require a far different selling or gifting process compared to a standard possession, as you only want your cat or kitten to go to a home that will provide them with a safe environment and loving care. Unless you are a certified purebred dealer (for instance), online selling should be avoided. This is due to the risk in selling to an individual that partakes in animal fighting, is a hoarder, or someone that won’t provide the care the cat needs. Prior to looking for a potential adoptee, bring the cat to the vet to get it any necessary vaccinations. Spaying or neutering the cat is another step that can be taken to make it more attractive to potential buyers.
The options outlined below can provide you with a reasonable guide to re-homing your cat or kitten.
Option 1 – Selling to Someone you Know
The best option a cat owner can take is to give (or sell) their cat to a person or family they’re well acquainted with. Ideally, they will have a safe home, reasonable finances to ensure the cat can receive treatment, and a full understanding of the care a cat requires. If the owner will be giving the cat without receiving payment, a bill of sale should still be used to record that the transfer took place.
Option 2 – Utilize Social Media / Your Network
Take advantage of Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms to get the word out about your cat or kitten(s). Provide significant information on your cat to give people an idea if it would make a good contribution to their home. The cat’s name, age, personality, energy level, habits, and medical history (and current issues, if any) should be included in any online posts (as well as any flyers or posters you create). Encourage your friends to share the posts. Leveraging your friends’ friends lets you get first-hand knowledge of whether they’re to be trusted with your pet(s).
Option 3 – Bringing to a Shelter
After exhausting all other options, one can bring their cat to a shelter. There are private and local government-run shelters. Most require the owner to pay a fee to drop their cat off. Weaker, older, and/or cats of ill health are often the first ones to be euthanized if the shelter is running out of space. While sad, it’s a reality that must be done in order to be able to continue accepting animals.