You'll need to make sure your cat is neutered and microchipped as well as vaccinated, treated against parasites and regularly seen by a vet.
Vaccinations are available against a range of infections and cats should receive regular booster vaccinations throughout their life to maintain their protection.
Aside from veterinary care, you'll also want to make sure your cat is groomed and checked for dental disease as well as being fed a healthy diet.
You'll need to register your cat with a vet as soon as possible. Try getting a recommendation from a friend or neighbour, or pop into some of your local practices before you decide.
Veterinary practices are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Where possible, ensuring you have enough history about a cat's health is important. If the cat has any previous conditions that are likely to recur, or ongoing medical conditions, this should be flagged up.
Cats are good at hiding pain and signs of illness, and often owners don't notice their cat is suffering or unwell because they hide it well. If you do notice anything unusual in your cat, it is worth visiting your vet. Look out for signs like coughing and sneezing, runny nose and eyes, or lumps, bumps and wounds.
See also - Signs of pain
A balanced diet is important to keep your cat healthy and it is best to stick to a reputable cat food which includes everything your pet needs.
It is particularly important you manage your cat's weight by making sure they are not overfed and have plenty of exercise. To check your cat isn't overweight, you should be able to feel your cat's ribs when you stroke their body lightly.
As your cat gets older, their needs and behaviour may change. You'll need to keep an eye out to make sure their general health is in order.
If there are changes to their general health, appetite and mobility, it is wise to take them to a vet.
See also - Elderly cats
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