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
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.
- Thinking of getting a cat?
- Where to get your cat or kitten
- Choosing a kitten
- Choosing an adult cat
- Preparing for your new cat or kitten
- Helping your new cat or kitten settle in
- Pedigree cats – things to consider
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:
- Choosing a vet for your cat
- Guide to cat insurance
- Bringing your cat to the vet
- Taking your cat home after a visit to the vet
Everyday health care:
- Neutering your cat
- Vaccinating your cat
- Worming your cat
- Feeding your cat or kitten
- General care for your cat
- Keeping your cat healthy
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.
- Making your home cat friendly
- Playing with your cat
- Indoors versus outdoors
- Satisfying the needs of the indoor cat
- Moving house with your cat
- Multi-cat households and how to survive them
- Elderly cats – special considerations
- Interactions with your cat
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.
- Cats and poisons
- Cats and poisonous plants
- Household hazards for cats and kittens
- Choosing a boarding cattery for your cat
- Identifying your cat
- Travelling with your cat
- Minimising risks for the outdoor cat
- Fencing in your garden
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.
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.
- My cat is having kittens
- Normal cat birth
- Cat birth – when to wait and when to worry
- Hand rearing kittens
- Bringing up a litter of kittens – health considerations
- Bringing up a litter of kittens – behavioural considerations
- Finding homes for your litter of kittens
Essential information on how to care for your cat, from how to groom your cat to how to introduce cats and dogs.