Keeping your cat safe

Find out more in our guide - from unfortunate accidents to routine cat care

Keeping your cat safe: the basics

As a responsible owner, you'll want to do everything you can to protect against unfortunate accidents. You also have a legal duty of care to ensure your cat is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Above all, it is recommended that you have your cat neutered, microchipped and vaccinated - you can find out more here.

You'll also need to provide your cat with a safe and secure home, a healthy diet and appropriate health care. You'll also need to consider pet insurance - this will give you peace of mind and the financial means to treat your cat should anything unexpected arise.

Dangers at home

Perhaps surprisingly, there are a number of everyday household items that can pose a risk to our feline friends. Antifreeze, disinfectants and insect killers can all be fatal if your cat ingests them. There are also some human medications and human foods, like onions, raisins and chocolate, that can be poisonous to cats.

A number of plants can be lethal too - lilies in particular. If you're worried about certain plants in your house, take a look at our guide on dangerous plants.

Household appliances and open fires can also be potential danger zones. Keep the doors of household appliances, like washing machines and tumble dryers, firmly shut - it's likely your cat will climb in there if they're seeking a warm spot for a snooze. Screen off open fireplaces and always supervise your cat if you've lit a fire.

Dangers outside

There are a number of dangers in the great outdoors and it can be difficult to keep them under control. Outside factors like firework shows and parties are often unavoidable and can be distressing for pets. To ensure your cat's safety, keep them in after dark and provide them with a place to hide. In fireworks season, keep all windows and doors closed to ensure your cat doesn't run away.

If you live near a busy road, you might be concerned about your cat going out at night. Cats are natural hunters and tend to be more alert at night. However, bright car lights can be disorientating and this increases the chance of them being in an accident. Keeping your cat indoors can help eliminate this risk.

Suspicious activity towards cats

If you are concerned about any suspicious activity towards cats in your area, Cats Protection and Neighbourhood Watch advise the following:

  • If you believe someone is acting suspiciously towards cats in your area then alert your local Neighbourhood Watch, neighbours and report your concerns to the local community police officer and/or the RSPCA via their cruelty line 0300 1234 999
  • You may want to consider working together with your neighbours to set up additional monitoring in the area and publicise this to help dissuade anyone from antisocial or criminal behaviour

To see more, download our advice sheet

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