5 important things
• Introducing your cat to their new home should be done slowly and carefully - don't rush it!
• Getting your cat microchipped is important. If they go missing, your details can be quickly traced
• Having your cat neutered reduces the risk of your cat fighting and sustaining injury, contracting diseases or becoming lost
• Provide appropriate health care for your cat, including vaccination, flea and worming treatment and regular vet check-ups
• If you're keen on buying a cat, make sure it is from a reputable breeder or seller
Getting a cat
Getting a cat can be both exciting and daunting, leaving a lot to think about. From kitting out your home ready for your new arrival, to keeping your cat safe. Take a look at our quick guide to find advice on everything from choosing the right cat, to common health issues in your new companion.
Adopt a cat
All cats have different personalities that make them the perfect pet for the right home. While some might like to consider adopting a kitten, an older cat might be a great option for a quieter household. Cats with disabilities and indoor cats make great companions too, especially as indoor pets.
What does my cat need? checklist
To help you get your home set up for your new pet, we've put together a checklist. Download it, take it shopping and stick it on your fridge - it's got everything you need for your new cat.
Cats and the law
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 applies to both domestic and feral cats, and aims to prevent cruelty and promote ensuring the welfare of animals. There is an obligation on you, as an owner, to ensure all your cat's welfare needs are met - from a suitable environment and diet, to the freedom to exhibit normal behaviour patterns.