Caring for Your Cat

Caring for Your Cat

If you’ve never owned a cat then you may find these tips on caring for your cat helpful as it’s not just as easy as bunging some food and water in a couple of bowls, however, we’ll start there.

  1. Water: Water is absolutely essential for a cat’s well-being, just like a human’s although cats which are allowed outside will usually find water for themselves, such as a water feature or just a dirty puddle.  However, an indoor cat is totally dependent on you so you need to make sure that their water is plentiful and fresh.  If you’re out a great deal then a drinking fountain or a water dispenser may be a good idea.
  2. Food: With cats, what they’ll eat is down to trial and error but do buy age appropriate food as it will provide appropriate nutrients for the age of the cat.  I like to leave dry food available all the time and give tinned meat at tea time.
  3. Litter tray: A litter tray is essential for any cat which can’t go outside.  For example a kitten which is too little or hasn’t completed its course of vaccinations or a new cat which should be kept in for at least two weeks to ensure that it is acclimatised to its new home.  There are a variety of litter trays available on the market including self-cleaning ones and the type you choose is really personal preference but it should be cleaned regularly whichever type you choose.
  4. Vaccinations: Annual immunisation to cat ‘flu, feline enteritis and feline leukaemia are absolutely essential for an outdoor cat but should consult your vet before making a decision.  Personally, I would immunise any cat.
  5. Flea Control: Again, for a cat which doesn’t come into contact with other cats, this may not be necessary but for an outdoor cat it’s a must.  I favour spot-on varieties of flea control above sprays as they’re less distressing for the cat and they usually include tick and lice prevention.  Flea collars are not recommended for cats as they can get caught up in branches and cause untold damage, particularly to the jaw area.
  6. Veterinary care: Register your cat with a vet so that you won’t have to hunt round for one in an emergency and do visit once a year for a check-up.
  7. Scratching post: You’ll need to provide a scratching post if you value your furniture whether your cat is indoor or outdoor.
  8. Toys: Cats love to play especially when they’re young and if you have only one, it’s up to you to entertain it.  Alternatively, you can provide an activity centre which incorporates a scratching post.  There are many different types of these but what you choose will probably depend on the amount of space you have available.

Follow these tips on caring for your cat and you’ll have a healthy and happy kitty.

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