Resolutions aren’t just for humans… The New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start for our feline friends. From ensuring your cat can be identified to preventative healthcare, here are our tips for a happier, healthier and safer cat in 2019:
Ensure your cat can be identified
Microchipping is a safe and permanent form of identification and cats with a microchip are 21 times more likely to be reunited with their owners than non-microchipped cats if they become lost. If your cat is already microchipped make sure that your contact information is up to date, as outdated information can delay or even prevent a reunion with your cat. For more information on microchipping click here.
Review your cat's resources
If you've been busy decluttering your home in the New Year don't forget to think about your cat's space and needs. If you have a multi-cat household and/or your cats don't have outdoor access this is especially important. Each of your cats should have at least its own litter tray, bed, food bowl and water bowl as too few resources can result in stress and aggression. For more information on making your home cat friendly click here.
Choose a Cat Friendly Clinic
Visits to the vet can be incredibly stressful for both you and your cat and so, finding a vet practice that has invested time and energy to make the experience as pleasant as possible is well worth it. Cat Friendly Clinic's are specially tailored to reduce stress for cats through trained staff, seperate feline only waiting areas and more. For more information and to find a CFC near you click here.
Make an emergency plan
It is important to consider what will happen to your cat if you are involved in an accident, become ill or injured, need to go into care, or in the event of your death. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but planning ahead could be the difference between life and death for your cat(s), and knowing that they will be taken care of will give you peace of mind. For information on making a plan, organisations that can help and to download and print our 'I have a cat at home' wallet card click here.
Learn best practice handling techniques and approaches
Improve safety in vet clinics and build a stronger bond with your cat by watching our handling videos for owners series. Videos include 'Handling your cat for grooming', 'Encouraging your cat to be happier in a cat carrier', 'Helping your cat to accept having its ears checked' and more. To find out more and to watch the videos click here.
Determine whether your cat is at a healthy weight and if not start working towards achieving a healthier weight for them
Scheduling a routine check-up with your vet is an effective way to get started and don’t be afraid to ask them whether they think your pet is at a healthy weight. For information on feline obesity and safely achieving a healthier weight for your cat click here.
Undertake routine preventative healthcare
As an owner, you have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of your cat. By undertaking routine preventive healthcare, through all stages – from kittens through to old age – you can ensure your cat stays as healthy as possible. You can also prevent problems arising or maximise the chance of early detection of any illness, when much more can be done. Vaccinations for example should be done as frequently as recommended by your vet (this may vary according to vaccine used). To find out about the healthcare your cat should be receiving based on its life stage click here.