A home for your cat
Adopting a cat and welcoming it into your family is a a very exciting time and it comes with responsibilities.
For many cat, especially long-haired cats, daily grooming can help to keep their fur in good condition and reduce the risk of hairballs, whcih can develop when a cat swallows loose fur in grooming and can induce vomitting. It is good to check for fleas while grooming, especially being on the look out for flea dirt caught in the cat's fur.
Flea and worm treatment
It is important that flea treatment is regular as they can quickly multiply and lead to ill health in your cat. They can also take hold in your home, which brings its own problems to people and the home. Fleas are easily picked up by your cat spending time in the garden and can even be brought into the home on your shoes.
Cats can pick up worms from hunting and from fleas too. Left untreated, your cat will take on a heavy burden of worms in their stomach, which will lead to a bloating, loss of weight and ill health.
Various flea and worm treatments are available or can be arranged with your vet. Always follow the instructions on any packaging.
VaccinationYour cat will come to you vaccinated by the resident vet at the NCAC. They will have had either one or both parts of the treatment, which will be explained to you when you adopt. The dates of the boosters should be noted when you collect your cat and annual boosters are recommended to provide full protection against sickness.
Your cat needs a good diet to keep in good health and should be fed twice a day. With so many reputable diets on the market to suit all budgets there is plenty to choose from. It should be a complete diet with all the vitamins and nutrients they need to flourish. A mix of wet and dry food will give a nice balance to support their internal organs and look after their teeth too.
Your cat will need a litter tray, especially in the weeks post adoption. If your cat goes outside after those first weeks, they may learn to toilet outdoors but it is a good idea to keep a litter tray indoors to prevent accidents, for when the cat is indoors for long periods or is unwell.
The litter tray should be cleaned daily as cats do not like to use dirty litter and this can lead to them going elsewhere inappropiately in the home.