I Think My Free Kitten Is a Purebred Cat

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, answers a reader who wonders whether a free kitten could be a rare Bombay cat.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Posted: July 22, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Q: I got a 12-week-old kitten for free and didn't know what kind of cat he was until I did research. I found out that he's a British Bombay cat. I thought of getting the kitten neutered, but because he's a Bombay and the rarest cat I've ever heard of how much would his litters run if he's not registered or if he's not a pedigree? Also, how do I get him registered to become a pedigree?

A: I’m not trying to rain on your parade, but the odds that the free kitten someone gave you happens to be a purebred British Bombay cat are very, very low. Was your research limited to looking at pictures and reading descriptions of purebred cat breeds on the internet? This is an inconclusive way to determine a cat’s breed.  

Without actual proof, your cat is just a black kitten — and that’s a good thing! So, forget about registering him. Forget about breeding him. Have your kitten tested for feline leukemia and FIV, get him vaccinated and dewormed, and have him neutered at 6 months of age. 

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Kitty Mom    Someplace, KY

6/15/2013 5:27:20 PM

My first cat that was a kitten found starving in the streets was a purebred maine coon calico. My vet told me so.

MJ    Ottawa, ON

9/1/2011 11:39:03 PM

You can have the cat spayed as early as 8 weeks, which I do recommend. Even if it were a rare breed, it is unethical to add to the cat overpopulation when so many are killed at shelters every year. Please spay and neuter your cats so that others may not suffer!

P    -=, MA

8/19/2011 12:38:24 AM


lol    lol, LA

8/11/2011 11:25:36 AM


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