Standards and Screening

We’re committed to the health and well-being of cats — and to your peace of mind.

Owning a pedigree cat can be an extremely rewarding experience, bringing love and companionship into your life. Cats can make you laugh, comfort you when you’re sick or upset, and are there for you no matter what. According to one Australian study, cat owners claim to feel more happy, more confident, and able to sleep, focus, and face problems in their lives better.

When the source of your new kitten has such a big impact on their health, behaviour, and wellbeing, finding the right one should not be left to chance. The growth of unregulated marketplaces has resulted in an alarming number of irresponsible breeders selling pedigree kittens online, prioritising profit ahead of the welfare of their cats. The sale of such kittens is associated with many health issues and often results in the emotional and financial suffering of their owners.

That’s why we’ve made it easy to connect with trusted breeders who have your best interests, and those of your kitten, at heart.

How do we evaluate breeding programmes?

Our screening process involves three main checks to evaluate the suitability of a breeding programme:

  1. Pedigree registration
  2. Health testing
  3. Home visits

Pedigree registration

A cat is only considered to be a pedigree when its lineage has been reviewed by a governing body such as the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) or The International Cat Association (TICA). These bodies require a certain number of generations of purebred cats to be present on the family tree.

Pet Path provide breeders with the option to verify parent cats and kittens are registered with a governing body that proves their breed.

Why is this important?

It is common for irresponsible breeders to falsely claim a kitten is registered as a certain breed to attract buyers and charge a higher price. While cats of all breeds are wonderful animals, when finding a pedigree you should always check their registration details to ensure that your kitten is as advertised.

Health testing

A key element of any cat breeding programme is the prevention of heritable diseases or conditions, meaning those that are inherited or passed down from one generation to the next. This is achieved by performing health tests on breeding cats to identify the presence of, or risk of developing, heritable diseases or conditions.

Pet Path provide our breeders the option to verify completed genetic health testing on their breeding parents through direct partnership with Langford Vets Diagnostic Laboratory.

Why is this important?

Specific genes have been identified in some pedigree breeds in order to reduce the chance kittens will inherit certain health problems from their parents.Verification directly with the lab ensures you are protected from forged paperwork by irresponsible breeders and scammers.

Home visits

The environment that breeding cats and kittens live in is a critical factor in their physical, mental, and emotional health. Responsible breeders provide opportunities for their cats to engage in activities such as scratching and climbing, frequent interaction with humans, and comfortable hiding and sleeping areas.

Breeders in the Pet Path community have the option to be visited by a member of our screening team, who ensures that cats are provided with a clean, comfortable, safe, stimulating, and enriching environment so their breeding cats and kittens will thrive.

Why is this important?

Providing an environment that facilitates normal feline behaviour improves both the physical and mental health of cats. Exposing kittens to new experiences, sights, sounds, and people, also creates less fearful and more outgoing cats as they grow to adulthood. This process, known as socialisation, occurs because a kitten’s brain has its greatest capacity for learning and memory between the ages of 4 and 14 weeks. Responsible breeders understand this and provide their kittens with lots of positive experiences to help them grow up to be sociable and self-assured.