How to Look After A Cat Properly

Cats are the ideal solution if you’d like to have a pet, but you feel a little intimidated by the responsibility of a dog or anything bigger! Cats are very independent creatures, but they still enjoy playing and being affectionate from time to time. Here, we provide all the information you need if you’re thinking of getting a cat or you’re about to introduce one into your home.

Medical

First of all, there are a number of medical responsibilities to take care of. You will need to register with a vet so that if your cat ever needs medical help, you’ll be able to provide it quickly. Looking into pet insurance is another must as vets’ bills can really add up depending on how healthy and accident prone your cat is; surgery for a broken bone can cost close to £1000!

Your cat will need to have a few treatments before they begin their new life with you. Firstly, they’ll need vaccinations to protect them from the various diseases they could contract from other cats and animals when they’re out and about. It’s also good to have female cats neutered, not only to avoid any unwanted litters of kittens, but also because this stops them attracting unwanted male attention, and stops them going out in search of that.

Safety

Cats spend a lot of their time outdoors, but they are creatures of routine so it’s easy to tell if something is wrong when they’re not in and out at the usual times of day. If you notice that your cat has not returned home for some time it could be time to worry, as it is possible that they become lost or are in danger. The best way to protect them from this is by having them micro chipped, which allows anyone who finds them to be able to return them to you, or allows you to find them using a tracking device. Microchips can also be linked to cat flaps so that only your cat can use your cat flap.

Your home needs to be a secure, safe place for a cat to live without threats from other animals or boisterous children, or things they can knock off shelves and hurt themselves with. You also need to provide 24/7 access to outside for them; some cats prefer to stay indoors but they need to have the option. When it comes to transporting them, you’ll need a carry case in which they feel safe and comfortable.

Well-being

Cats need a number of things in order to be happy. Obviously, you will need to provide food and water for them regularly, but they will also need a litter tray. Cats are house proud so they prefer to have somewhere specific to go to the toilet, and they will try to clean up after themselves which is where the litter comes in. They will need a scratching post to help them to keep their claws under control, and plenty of toys to help them release all of their playful energy, take a look at the best cat tunnels for example; they’re always a firm favourite for entertaining cats.

Cats like to be in confined spaces or high up, as it makes them feel safer. It is also important to socialise them from a young age and get them used to lots of different environments so that they do not become defensive and aggressive. And lastly, despite the fact they keep themselves very clean, try to groom them regularly to avoid their fur becoming matted.

Despite the fact they are very independent creatures, there are lots of ways that you can help a cat to stay healthy, safe, secure, and happy. For an example of what life with a cat is like, read this article on the first six months of my family’s experience with our new feline friend.

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