Updated on January 18th, 2021
The cat/kitten bill of sale form is a helpful instrument that can be applied during the sale and purchase of a feline. It can protect both parties in the event that the transaction ever comes into question. Breeders and/or cat owners can provide the document to the buyer stipulating how the transaction will unfold. Specific information is required concerning the buyer, seller, and animal being sold.
How to Sell a Cat/Kitten
Finding a new home for a cat/kitten can seem like a daunting task, you may not know where to start. Luckily for you, we are going to guide you through the process of selling your feline in an effective manner.
Step 1 – Pricing a Cat or Kitten
The price depends on various factors when it comes to a cat or kitten. For instance, an adult cat may be less desirable than a kitten, as some people prefer raising the animal from adolescence. Although, it may work vice versa if a buyer is looking for an animal with less maintenance. Also, the breed of cat can play a huge part in its monetary value depending on the rarity of the pedigree (Example: A purebred Maine Coon Cat will typically exceed the price of your average house cat). Scan the classified ads to see what comparable cats/kittens are going for in the marketplace.
Step 2 – Posting an Ad
Once you have come to a conclusion on the initial asking price, you will have to decide how you will advertise the feline. In the past, advertising your pet required more footwork. Sellers would hang flyers in cat-friendly establishments such as pet stores, veterinarian offices, and adoption centers, or they would buy a written ad in a newspaper. Today, there are many more efficient ways to introduce your animal to a much wider range of potential buyers by using the internet. There are sites fully dedicated to the sale/adoption of pets, such as:
- Hoobly.com – Since there are so many free cats/kittens available for adoption, there are minimal classified ad websites that are geared specifically towards the sale of felines. Hoobly is one of the few that allows you to create an ad with a “sales price”. (Buyers should be aware that this website may contain scammers, it is best to view the animal in person prior to purchase.)
- PetFinder.com – Is a website that allows you to advertise your pet for adoption. You may charge an adoption fee to satisfy any costs associated with the animal.
- Facebook.com – Is a good place to reach out to all your friends and family. Create a post stating that the animal is for sale. Be sure to include a photo, description, and sale price.
Step 3 – Meeting with a Potential Buyer
You will start to receive calls and messages from people interested in your cat or kitten. Answer all their inquiries to the best of your knowledge. Eventually, one of the inquiring parties will ask if they can come to see the feline with an interest to buy. Schedule an appointment to show the animal and make sure you meet at a safe location during the daytime. Come prepared with all the feline’s paperwork, this includes proof of ownership, health records, bill of sale, etc. At the meeting, the buyer will view the cat/kitten and decide whether or not they are interested in purchasing or adopting it.
Step 4 – Coming to an Agreement
Once the buyer has expressed that they would like to purchase the cat, it is time for the two parties to come to an agreement on how the transaction will be executed. First, the buyer may try to get a reduction on the price of the cat/kitten. If this is the case, it is up to the seller to either accept, deny, or counter the offer. Once a price has been established, the next step would be determining the form of payment that will be used. For the seller, the prime option would be cash. If the buyer insists on not paying with cash, you may accept a certified or cashier’s check (it is recommended to accompany the buyer to their bank to cash the check, online services like PayPal are also suggested). Once the animal has been exchanged for the payment, the participants may finalize the bill of sale to have on record.
How to Write a Cat/Kitten Bill of Sale
Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.docx).
Step 2 – Date of Agreement/Party Details – The first section that must be fulfilled requires participants to disclose the following information regarding the sale/parties involved:
- The date (day, month, year) in which the agreement is being executed.
- Buyer’s Full Name (printed)
- Buyer’s Mailing Address
- Seller’s Full Name (printed)
- Seller’s Mailing Address
Step 3 – Cat/Kitten Description – Supply the form with the requested information regarding the feline being sold. This information will include the following details:
- Name (if any)
- Type of Breed
- Sex (male or female)
- Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
- Registration #
- Health Status (Does the animal have any medical issues?)
Step 4 – Transaction Specifics – Establish the terms of the sale by entering the information specific to the exchange taking place:
- Enter the date in which the buyer is going to make a payment.
- Select one of the following payment options pertaining to the sale:
- Buyer agrees to purchase the cat or kitten for the full sum of the sales price. Enter the numerical figure into the appropriate space.
- Buyer agrees to pay a deposit to reserve the right to purchase the cat or kitten. Enter the deposit amount and the number of days in which the right to purchase will last.
- Other: If the above-mentioned options do not apply to your situation, mark the third box and enter your own custom terms and conditions.
Step 5 – Signatures – All participating parties must supply the following actions/requirements in order to legitimize the agreement:
- Seller’s Signature & Printed Name
- Buyer’s Signature & Printed Name
- Witness #1’s Signature & Printed Name
- Witness #2’s Signature & Printed Name
Step 6 – Notary Public – To further solidify the document, it is suggested that you execute the signature section while under the review of an authorized official retaining notarial power. Once satisfied, the official will then complete the specified section by supplying the following entries:
- State and County in which the agreement is being ratified.
- Date (day, month, year)
- Notary Public’s Name
- Buyer & Seller’s Name
- Notary’s Signature
- Notary’s Printed Name
- Date (mm/dd/yyyy) in which their commission expires.