Cats make affectionate and loving pets and thrive when their dietary, environmental and health and welfare needs are considered. Cats require the space to be active, with frequent interaction with people and other animals (cats don’t really like to be left alone for long parts of the day). They also require access to clean water, meat-based cat food and frequent grooming as well as private access to a litter tray which should be replaced at least once a week.
Here we outline some of the essential items to get you started in anticipation for the arrival of your new feline friend and a few care factors to consider them.
Cat Supply Checklist
Premium-brand cat food
Safety cat collar with an ID tag
Scratching post or scratching pad
Litter box and litter
Cat bed with a warm blanket or towel
If your cat is permitted outdoors, your cat must wear a safety collar accompanied with an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will permit your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on anything. And for both indoor and outdoor cats, an ID tag or an implant microchip can make sure that your cat is returned if he or she is lost.
Your cat should see the vet at least once a year for an examination and annual shots, and immediately if he or she is unwell or injured.
Never give your cat medication that has not been prescribed by a qualified vet. If you suspect that your animal has ingested a poisonous substance, call your vet.
Spaying and Neutering
Female cats should be spayed and male cats neutered by five months old. Neutering felines means that your cat will avoid any unplanned pregnancies and it can also protect them from various diseases. For female cats, neutering involves removing their ovaries and uterus, although sometimes only their ovaries will be removed. For male cats the procedure involves the removal of their testicles. The procedure is simpler for males, and doesn’t require stitches.
Your vet will make recommendations based on your cat’s age and health. Kittens are old enough to be vaccinated once they are 8-9 weeks old. They will have an initial injection, and then a second about 3 weeks later, as well as a thorough health check, and discussion about all aspects of kitten-care, including neutering, flea and worm protection, diet and behaviour.
Here at Abbey Vet Care, we are proud to run a small yet established emergency vets clinic in Grimsby, North-East Lincolnshire, with two brand surgeries in nearby Immingham and Caistor. We understand that all owners want the best possible treatment for their pet, which is why we pride ourselves on pursuing accurate diagnoses and offering exceptional in-house diagnostic facilities. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.