Buying and Selling Cats

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Assallam Alaikum Wa Rahmat Allah, Is it halal or haram to keep and buy and sell cats? I am wondering what is our Madhhab’s view on cats.

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Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

In his Fatawa v. 4, p. 240, Ibn Hajar al-Haytami discussed some details which pertain to owning and buying or selling a cat. Firstly, it is recommended to raise and breed them. And secondly, he mentioned that it is permissible to buy or sell a domesticated cat, but not a wild one.

And Allah knows best. Fatwa Dept.

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