general care

Essential information on caring for your cat

Everything you need to know about getting a cat and how to keep it happy, healthy and safe 

Getting a cat

There are so many things to consider before getting a cat. Should you get a cat or a kitten? Should it be moggie or a special breed? What about other pets? Do you have children? Can you provide the care a cat needs? In this section you will find information on where to get a cat and how to choose one that is right for you and your lifestyle, together with how to help your new cat settle in. 

Keeping your cat healthy

Like all pets, cats need regular trips to the vets, for routine health checks and vaccinations. In this section you will find information on how to choose the right vet, what everyday health care your cat needs, information on the right diet for your cat and what happens if your cat should have kittens.

Going to the vet:

Everyday health care:

Keeping your cat happy

A cat’s environment is crucial to its happiness. In this section you will find ways of making your home more cat friendly, together with information on keeping cats indoors or let them go outside; keeping more than one cat; and what you can expect from your relationship with your cat.

Keeping your cat safe

As a cat owner it is crucial that you are aware of how you can help to keep your cat safe. In this section you will find information on microchipping; where to board your cat when you are away from home; transporting your cat; and common household items and plants that may present a very real danger to your cat.

Cat and human health

It is understandable to be concerned about how keeping a cat could impact on you – Are you allergic to cats? Is it a concern if you are pregnant or have a small child? Are there any diseases that can transfer from cats to humans? In this section we address these concerns, together with information on bereavement, cat hoarding and the benefits of owning a cat.

My cat is having kittens

If you find that your cat is pregnant, you need to know what you can expect. In this section you will find information on normal cat birth, as well as when there may be a problem. There is also crucial information on health and behaviour considerations for the kittens, as well as advice on hand-rearing and finding homes for kittens.

How to guides

Essential information on how to care for your cat, from how to groom your cat to how to introduce cats and dogs.

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