Brave Cat Owner Warns of Kitten Con Artists in New Documentary

A cat proprietor from Truro who fought in useless to assist an underage kitten that she bought over the Internet is the main target of a brand new Cats Protection documentary launched this week.

Samantha Webb, 32, tells the emotive story of her kitten Franky in a documentary entitled “The Big Kitten Con” which sheds mild on kittens which might be traded on-line at lower than the authorized age for business sale which is eight weeks previous.

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Her unlucky expertise started when she was searching the Internet in May 2021 in search of a brand new pet. “I noticed a photograph of playful kittens on Facebook with a caption saying ‘10-week-old kittens able to go, mum will be seen’, says Samantha.

“I despatched the individual a non-public message to debate additional, and on the day that my husband and I went to gather my kitten, the vendor messaged me to say there could be a cost of £30.

“We arrived exterior a chaotic family and will see a number of noisy canines and numerous grownup cats and kittens wandering out and in,” mentioned Samantha.

“The vendor handed me a frail and limp kitten who wouldn’t open his eyes. He regarded fairly completely different to the kittens within the photograph.

“I handed over the cash simply so we may get this poor kitten to the vet. My vet confirmed he was simply 4 weeks previous and some weeks later confirmed he had a neurological situation referred to as cerebellar hypoplasia attributable to his mum having a virus throughout being pregnant.

“I needed to deal with this kitten, who I referred to as Franky, as a new-born and so I used to be up day and evening with him to get his power up and did different issues to assist him.

“Sadly he took a flip for the more severe one morning. He was drooling and have become very unstable on his toes and he saved urgent his head in opposition to the wall. My husband and I rushed him to the vet however sadly Franky’s situation continued to deteriorate. With a heavy coronary heart, I needed to have Franky put to sleep.”

Last 12 months, 340,000 of the five hundred,000 cats that have been bought within the UK have been discovered on-line on websites like Facebook, Gumtree, Pets 4 Homes and Preloved however Cats Protection fears that this has allowed some unscrupulous people to reap the benefits of the anonymity of the Internet and deceive unsuspecting patrons like Samantha.

A latest survey of two,000 individuals performed by Cats Protection confirmed that round 4 in ten (42 per cent) had observed a suspicious commercial for a cat or kitten throughout Facebook, Gumtree, Pets 4 Homes or Preloved.

Veterinary surgeon and star of CBBC’s The Pets Factor Dr Fabian Rivers additionally seems within the documentary to present recommendation to shoppers, which embody asking to see the kittens with their mum cat at the very least twice and asking for clear proof that the kitten is eight weeks previous.

“Every day as a vet I see extra cats come by my door which might be arrange for failure from the very begin,” says Fabian.

“It’s so necessary that we take these residing, sentient, superb beings rather more critically, particularly when they’re younger and weak. They should not equipment or toys and so they must be handled with rather more respect.”

Cats Protection is asking on cat lovers to signal a petition calling for the regulation of cat breeding in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, bringing it into line with Scotland who launched a legislation late final 12 months.

“We need anybody who breeds two or extra litters of kittens in a 12 months to be licensed which might make them topic to common inspections,” says Madison Rogers, the charity’s Acting Head of Advocacy and Government Relations.

“This will convey unscrupulous sellers out of the shadows and assist defend helpless and harmless kittens.”

To watch Cats Protection’s “The Big Kitten Con” video and to signal Cats Protection’s petition, please go to www.cats.org.uk/kitten-con

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