Thank you for getting your cat neutered and microchipped!
You have taken important action to protect your cat’s welfare into the future.
- Now that your cat is microchipped, remember to keep their details updated so they can be reunited with you cat should they get lost
- Cats should be fed a complete, balanced, good quality meat-based food; they cannot be vegetarians
- Always ensure fresh, clean drinking water is available at all times. This is best placed away from their food
- It is important to provide your cat with a place to hide which will help them feel safe and secure. A hiding place can be something as simple as a cardboard box on its side. The cat shouldn’t be disturbed while they are in their hiding place. A cardboard box can also be a fun toy!
- Cats feel safer if they can view their surroundings from a height but take care they can’t fall or jump out of a window
- Scratching is a normal part of cat behaviour. Try providing them with a vertical scratching post, a cat scratch doormat or carpet off cutting to help protect your furniture
- Cats prefer to toilet where they feel safe and then bury it. It is a good idea to provide one litter tray per cat, plus one extra. Place them in different quiet areas and separate from food and water bowls. Make sure the litter tray is cleaned at least twice a day
- Long-haired cats should be brushed daily to stop their coat becoming tangled
- Going outside is one way to keep your cat happy. Play with your cat and keep your cat inside at night to keep them safe
- The primary course of vaccinations and booster vaccinations are recommended to help prevent life threatening diseases. This applies to all cats whether they go outside regularly or not
- Speak to your vet about flea and worm treatment. Never use dog flea treatment on your cat as some can be rapidly fatal and don’t let your cat come into contact with a dog that has been treated for fleas until the product has dried
- Dental disease is quite common in cats, especially as they get older. You should get your cat’s teeth regularly checked by your vet. Many cats do not show obvious discomfort, although it can be painful
- Pet insurance can cover veterinary costs for illness, accidents and emergencies. There are plenty of options available. Your vet may be able to offer some advice
- Healthy cats are generally alert, have a good body coat condition and clear eyes without discharge from the eyes or nose, and have good appetites. Small changes in behaviour can also indicate your cat may be unwell. Always get a vet check if you are worried about your cat’s health or behaviour
- Cats don’t need to live together to be happy, although some cats do have strong bonds. Kittens love each other’s company but prefer to be on their own as they get older. By nature, cats are solitary creatures
- If you already have one or more cats, think carefully before getting another cat. There are many factors to consider such as affording the daily costs, including veterinary care. Do you have space in your home for extra litter trays, scratching resources and food and water bowls? Download our essential guide on caring for your cat