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Category: cat

Overview

Cats are now the most popular domestic pet in the UK. Although some people still get a cat almost by accident you would be wise to think carefully about everything a cat requires before going ahead. A cat needs lots of love and care, including regular preventative treatment for worms and other parasites, vaccinations and dental care. You will also need to keep an eye out for other potential health problems such as ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new kitten or cat hasn’t been neutered you will also need to make arrangements for your pet to be neutered by your vet.

Cats are very independent and often go wandering over large distances. If your cat goes missing it is very difficult to identify its owner unless it carries some form of permanent identification. It is wise to get your cat microchipped – will avoid heartache in the long run should your cat go missing.

Don’t forget that cats need somewhere warm to sleep, a litter tray, a constant supply of water, daily feeds and toys to play with. You will have to take into account the costs for food, cat litter, veterinary care and pet insurance. You will also have to pay for cattery charges when you go on holiday.

Cats commonly live up to 14 years old and occasionally much longer, over this time your cat will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. You need to provide all of this to ensure you and your cat make the most of your time together.

Worm control

All pets will be affected by worms at some stage in their life and many will be re-infected unless they are given regular, routine worming treatment. Getting rid of worms is relatively simple and inexpensive so regular treatment is strongly recommended, particularly

Vaccinating your cat

There are a number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases which can affect your cat. However, for many of these conditions there is a simple protection in the form of vaccinations. Ensuring that your cat completes an initial course

Senior pet care

A kitten is endearing to everyone but kittens grow up all too fast. By a year of age cats of all breeds will be mature. Although individual cats age at different rates, most 10 year old cats can be considered

Scratching in the house

Claw scratching is a normal feline behaviour. However, the occurrence of this behaviour indoors can be very unpleasant for the owner as it can cause expensive damage. Scratching indoors may indicate that the cat does not feel completely secure in

Samples – how they help your vet

Laboratory tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in sick pets. Increasingly they are also used as part of a routine health check to detect hidden disease before the development of obvious symptoms. This allows your cat to be

Routine health care

We are all familiar with the phrase "A healthy pet is a happy pet" - but there is probably also something to be said for keeping your pet happy in order to maintain its health. Most owners know their pet

Permanent identification of your pet

Stray dogs and cats are a big problem in many countries. In the UK alone it is estimated that more than £250 million a year is spent by local authorities, police forces and animal welfare charities rounding up and looking

Multi-cat households

The number of cats in the U.K. is currently on the increase and so is the number of cats per household. Cats had previously been thought to be solitary animals but more recently, it has become accepted that ome cats

Moving house with your cat

Moving to a new home can be stressful for both you and your pets. Cats are highly territorial animals and are often as closely attached to their surroundings as they are to their owners. So not surprisingly many cats try

Managing pain in pets

Long term (chronic) pain is as debilitating in animals as it is in people. Constant pain significantly reduces pleasure in life and can lead to sleeplessness and a poor appetite. Simple measures to control even mild pain can result in