gumtree

A Handy Guide to Getting a Cat

Are you thinking of getting a pet cat? Here’s what you need to know.

Playful, affectionate, and mysterious, cats have provided humans with their love and companionship for thousands of years. Each breed of cat boasts unique traits and quirks that entertain us, while also making us wonder just what is going on inside their heads. But one thing remains a constant: with the right love and care, a new pet cat can become your best friend. Whether you’re searching for a playful and energetic young kitten or a placid and snuggly older cat, you can find the right cat to suit your lifestyle on Gumtree. Offering access to both rescue shelters and responsible cat breeders around Australia, we can help connect you with your new fluffy feline family member.

Breeds

199

Most popular

Cavoodle

Family-friendly

Golden Retriever

Discover the Allure of Feline Companionship

There’s a unique allure in the calm gaze of cat eyes, a magnetic charm in the hypnotic grace of their acute sense of balance. As a cat owner, you will be privy to these everyday miracles and much more. Cats offer an extraordinary companionship that is enigmatic yet loving. Their comforting purr, mesmerising stare, and unparalleled sense of independence make them wonderful pets and life-long friends.

Health Benefits and Happiness Enrichers

Your feline friend is not just an elegant presence in your home; they are wellbeing ambassadors, offering numerous health benefits. Their purring is known to reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. Their playful antics keep you entertained, adding fun and vitality to your everyday life. And they’re natural-born hunters, helping you manage pests and small insects in your home.

Ideal Companions for Quiet Evenings

Cats & kittens make for exceptional housemates, especially if you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet. They’re great at keeping themselves occupied, need no walks, and their independent nature makes them ideal for busy individuals or families. Whether it’s curling up with you on a quiet evening or entertaining themselves with a favourite toy, their adaptability and ease make cat ownership a joy.

A Journey of Comfort, Contentment and…Fun Surprises

While the journey with your cat is one of comfort and contentment, be ready for some fun surprises. Their unpredictable antics might include an endearing fascination with a random box or napping in tight places. The resilience of a house cat may inspire you with their unique ability to turn anything into a toy. And every once in a while, your cat may even bring you unexpected “gifts” from their hunting sprees, a testament to their innate instincts.

A Home Full of Purring and Paws


Yes, there are practicalities to consider—from managing their litter boxes to ensuring their health check-ups—but when you witness the elegance of your cat’s body in motion or listen to the soothing rhythm of their purr, you’ll realise that these considerations are far outweighed by the joy they bring. The sight of your new cat comfortably nestled in your home, the sound of their purring, and the fun of their playful antics are sure to enrich your life. So, get ready to bring home not just a pet, but a companion who fills your life with joy.

Your A-Z list of dog breeds

Adorable Dogs & Puppies for sale

Male toy Cavoodle

$2,500

Male Toy Cavoodle
Macquarie Links, NSW
Dachshund

$1,200

Dachshund Puppies
Llandilo, NSW
PEDIGREE PUREBRED BLUE STAFFY

$3,500

Pedigree Purebred Blue Staffy
Portland, NSW
Golden Retriever Puppies

$3,000

Golden Retriever Puppies
Bega, NSW

More dog advice

Keeping Your Pets Safe: 12 Christmas Dangers for Dogs and Cats

Christmas is a time of joy, gifts, and glittering decorations. But it also brings a sleigh-load of hazards that could dampen the holiday spirit for our furry friends. From the…

woman taking care of dalmatian puppies
woman taking care of dalmatian puppies
Ethical Standards in Professional Dog Breeding: A Guide for New Puppy Owners

If you’ve been thinking of buying a new puppy to add to your family, then…

British bulldog sleeping
British bulldog sleeping
Decoding Your Dog’s Sleep Choices: Insights into Canine Comfort Zones

Have you ever noticed your furry friend switching up their snoozing spots and wondered why?…

dog on a car trip
dog on a car trip
Holiday Travel with Pets: Ensuring Your Furry Friends are Merry and Bright

The holiday season is a time for joy and family gatherings, and for many, that…

Everything you need to bring
your new dog home

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Read more
Barney Bed Orthopedic As New Medium

$250

Barney Bed Orthopedic As New Medium
Ryde, NSW
Royal Canin Dog Food

$80

Royal Canin Dog Food
Oxley Park NSW
Elevated Dog Food and water bowls

$40

Elevated Dog Food And Water Bowls
Ryde, NSW
Kong ball small dog rope toy

$10

Kong Ball Small Dog Rope Toy
Ryde, NSW
Pedigree French Bulldog Puppies

$4,000

Pedigree French Bulldog Puppies
Penrith, NSW
Dog kennel handmade

$50

Dog Kennel Handmade
Bankstown, NSW
Dog leash lead - small - choice of 8 colours

$6

Dog Leash / Lead - Small - Choice Of 8 Colours
Gordon, NSW
Dog Jacket Coat Fleece Warm

$13

Dog Jacket Coat Fleece Warm
Gordon, NSW

Need to list your cat?

Need to list yourcat?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Dog breeds that will suit your lifestyle

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Best breeds for apartments

Best Breeds For Apartments

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Hypoallergenic dog breeds

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Best breeds for families

Best Breeds For Families

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Medium breeds

Medium Breeds

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Browse by Dog Breed group

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Terrier Breeds

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Sporting Dogs

Sporting Dogs

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Toy Dog Breeds

Toy Dog Breeds

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Herding dogs

Herding Dogs

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation

Do you need Pet Insurance?

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui

FAQs About Getting a Cat

Choosing a responsible breeder is vital when looking for a new cat or kitten to join your forever home. A responsible breeder will ensure that the cat or kitten has received regular vet check-ups and up-to-date vaccinations. They should be licensed by the relevant authority in your jurisdiction and meet or exceed minimum standards. They must also meet all legal requirements.

Visit the place where the cat was born to assess the care and environment they have been raised in. A responsible breeder breeds to produce healthy, happy pets, free from known diseases and disorders. They should also provide you with comprehensive cat information including medical history, risks of inherited disorders, and screening test results. Breeders’ genuine concern about their animals’ future homes and their willingness to offer ongoing support are also signs of responsibility. They should provide a guarantee that the animal will be accepted back if necessary and provide references upon request.

Choosing a cat breed involves understanding your lifestyle, your living situation, and what you expect from a pet. Each cat breed has unique traits, with some breeds being more active, some more vocal, and others more laid-back. Conduct thorough research about all cat breeds to understand their temperaments, care requirements, health issues, and physical characteristics such as coat length. This information will help you select a particular breed that best fits your budget, lifestyle and preferences.
The temperament of a cat can vary greatly based on its breed and individual personality. However, Ragdolls and British Shorthairs are known for their calm, easy-going nature. Maine Coons are friendly and sociable, while Persians are typically placid.

A domesticated cat, also known as a domestic cat or a household cat, is a type of feline that resides in human domiciles (place of residence). Domestic cats originated thousands of years ago through a process of selective breeding, which removed some of the “wilder” characteristics from their DNA.

Regardless of their breed, all modern cats descend from these original domesticated cats in Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East regions. Domestic cats can be purebred or mixed breed, and they might live in a home or farm with humans, or even reside as a stray or feral cat in a neighbourhood. Unless there is a documented pedigree with a recognised association, a cat of unknown origin, regardless of its markings or coat, is usually considered a mixed breed or a domestic cat.

A purebred cat is one that has been bred to meet specific criteria related to physical traits and behaviours, and its lineage can be traced back several generations within the same breed. The parents of a purebred cat are both of the same breed, and this breed has been recognised by a cat registry. Examples of purebred cats include the Siamese, Persian, Maine Coon, and Russian Blue.

Purebred cats have more predictable traits when it comes to their size, appearance, temperament, and even health issues, as these characteristics have been consistently bred for over many generations. However, this selective breeding can also lead to certain health problems if not done responsibly, as it may concentrate genetic disorders within a breed.

A mixed-breed cat, often referred to as a domestic cat, doesn’t belong to a specific breed. Mixed-breed cats are often a combination of various breeds, and they can vary greatly in their size, shape, coat, colour, and personality. This variety can make them less predictable in terms of behaviour and appearance compared to purebreds.

Mixed breed cats can be just as loving and delightful as purebred cats. They are often robust and healthy due to a diverse gene pool, which can reduce the risk of inherited genetic health problems common in some purebred lines.

Whether you choose a purebred or a mixed breed cat, it’s important to remember that every cat is an individual with its own unique personality and characteristics. It’s recommended to meet a cat or kitten before deciding to adopt to ensure they will be a good fit for your home and lifestyle.

The choice between a cat and a kitten depends on your lifestyle, time availability, and personal preference. Kittens require more time and energy as they need to be trained and socialised properly. They are playful, curious, and have a lot of energy, which can be both fun and challenging. Adult cats, on the other hand, usually have established behaviours and temperaments, so you’ll have a better idea of what you’re getting. They are generally calmer and require less active care and attention than kittens. Consider your lifestyle, the amount of time you can devote to a pet, and the kind of companion you want before making your decision.

Adopting a cat is a fulfilling experience but also a significant responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here’s some key information to consider when it comes to adopting a cat versus buying one:

  • Adoption can save a life: With an abundance of cats and kittens available on Gumtree, your choice to adopt can be a lifeline for a pet in need. This decision not only provides a forever home to an animal but also helps alleviate the pressure on overcrowded shelters and rescue groups.
  • Cost: Adoption fees are typically less expensive than the cost of buying a cat from a breeder or pet store. The adoption fee often includes initial veterinary care such as spay surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, and sometimes even a starter kit with food, a litter box, and toys.
  • Health Assessments: Cats from shelters or rescue groups usually come with health assessments and some level of behavioural assessment. This can give you important insight into your potential pet’s health and personality.
  • Adopted Cats are often House-Trained: Many adult cats in shelters are surrendered by previous owners, meaning they’re often already house-trained and accustomed to living with humans.
  • Variety: Shelters have a wide variety of cats, giving you the chance to find a pet that suits your lifestyle. Whether you want a young kitten, an older cat, a specific breed, or a cat with a particular temperament, chances are high you’ll find a good match at a shelter.

 

Support and Advice: Shelters often provide new owners with plenty of support and advice, helping you deal with any behavioural issues or adjustment difficulties your new pet might have.