Purchasing a cat as a pet


  1. Is it permissible to purchase a cat? I am of the Hanafi Madhab.
  2. If impermissible, please advise with regards to the SPCA.

To adopt a cat from them, based on the information provided on their website, it outwardly appears that no fee goes towards purchasing the actual animal itself.

Rather, R100 is allocated to a 'Pre-Home Inspection' where an "inspection of your property will be done to ensure that animals are placed in homes suited to their needs." Then, based on the suitability of your home, a further adoption fee is charged for a "health check, sterilization, first set of innoculations, micro chip, collar and ID disk. 

Cats: R405

Kittens: R405 (plus R300 refundable deposit)



  1. Yes provided you take proper care of it.
  2. It is permissible.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)