Cat care

From the considerations to take into account when adopting a cat to details of how to watch their weight and behaviour, our Essential Guides series tells you everything you need to know about responsible cat ownership.

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For more information, you can also visit the cat care section of the main Cats Protection site.

Welcome Home
It’s time to help your cat or kitten settle into their new home! Following the advice here will help to ensure they soon become used to their new surroundings.

Caring for Your Cat

Cats can be independent souls and are great pets for people with busy lifestyles, but they still need to be looked after. Keep your cat happy and healthy by following this advice.

Feeding and Obesity

Pop into your local pet shop or supermarket and you will be faced with a whole aisle full of cat food. So, how do you know which one to feed to your cat?


Cats Protection believes that having your cat neutered is an essential part of responsible cat ownership. Find out more about this harmless procedure here.

Feline Behaviour

There are some things your cat will do which are just instinctive. Before taking on a cat, you should be sure that you're happy to live with these behavioural habits.

Moving House
Moving house can be a big deal for cats – much of their feeling of security and ability to relax comes from being surrounded by the familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory.

Cats and the Law

Much of the law in relation to animals has now been consolidated in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and in the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. This PDF also refers to other legislation that remains relevant.

Feral Cats
True feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned domestic cats. They live wild in towns, cities or rural areas and may have little or no contact with humans. As a result, they are often scared of people and as such will avoid them.

The Veterinary Guides series answers all the important questions regarding the wellbeing of your feline companion, from dealing with fleas to caring for deaf and blind cats.
Written by our expert team of vets, this set of guides provides the information that will help put your mind at ease.