A cat can add great value to family life and is a good pet providing you have the time. There are a few considerations to consider before you collect your new cat.
The most important is will the cat fit in with your family life? While cats don’t need walks like dogs, they do need attention and shouldn’t be left for long periods of time. If you regularly go on weekend trips or are away from home, consider a pet sitter or putting your cat into a pet hotel (such as the Pet Resort at Pride Veterinary Centre).
Be aware that some cats are more affectionate while others prefer their own space. Young children should be taught to allow your cat somewhere to retreat to and to not pick up the cat. This can be very scary and could cause your cat to panic and injure themselves. Your cats environment should include: a bed, separate food and water bowls, one litter tray per cat plus one spare, a cat scratching post and toys. Please do not leave food down all day as the food can become stale and your cat will be less likely to eat it.
Another important fact to consider is will your cat be an outdoor cat or indoor cat? We recommend a full vaccination course for your cat, identichip in case your cat gets lost, neutering, insurance and routine preventative health treatment. Our VIP Cat Club can help with the cost of routine preventative health care, please ask our team for further information.
Please book in with our clinic nursing team for further advice on diet, health care and more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.