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Sharing your life with a cat can be a rewarding and enriching experience for both you and your cat. Cats, like people, love companionship and can offer a huge amount of affection to their owners. A large part of building a loving and strong relationship with your cat involves you understanding that you have a responsibility to care for their physical and emotional wellbeing. Cats do become unwell from time to time but by caring for your cat you can significantly reduce the chances of this happening.
If you need any advice about caring for your cat or you are concerned about your cat’s health then you should contact your veterinary clinic where either a vet or vet nurse will be able to help.
Feeding your cat
Feeding your cat the correct diet is an essential part of ensuring that your cat leads a healthy and happy life. Cats are carnivores and have very specific dietary requirements so you need to be sure that your cat’s diet contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals your cat requires. It is essential that their nutritional needs be met with diet appropriate to their age and health. You should not feed your cat a diet designed for other types of animal.
Supermarkets and pet shops stock a broad range of wet (tinned or pouch) food as well as dried foods such as cat biscuits. Some of these foods are targeted at cats of a certain age such as kittens or senior cats so you can select the food most appropriate type for your cat.
Veterinary clinics often stock more specialist diets, many of which are not available from supermarkets or pet shops. Your vet will recommend the most appropriate diet for your cat based on its age and any medical conditions it may have.
If you are unsure which diet is most appropriate for your cat or if your cat is not eating well then you should consider speaking to your vet for advice.
Ensuring your cat is vaccinated will help reduce its chances of picking up several infectious diseases.
We strongly recommend vaccinations against 2 types of cat ‘flu (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calici Virus), Feline Infectious Enteritis/Panleucopaenia and also Feline Leukaemia Virus. Kittens and young cats or adult cats that have never been vaccinated need a course of 2 injections, 3 to 4 weeks apart then a booster and health check every year.
Parasites can have a serious impact on your cat's health as well as the health of people having contact with it. It is therefore very important that you ensure that your cat remains parasite free. There are many parasites that can infect your cat including worms such as roundworms and tapeworms, fleas, ticks and mites. These parasites can cause your cat ill health and great discomfort.
There are many great products to combat parasites these days, including topical ones such as Frontline against fleas and ticks and Profender against worms as well as Drontal and Milbemax worming tablets.
Before you treat your cat for parasites, speak to your vet as they will be able to advise you on the best product to use on your cat.
You should have your cat checked regularly by a vet at least once a year, even if your cat appears to be fit and well. Regular vet check-
As your cat ages, its requirements to maintain a healthy life will change. By speaking to your vet or vet nurse about the changing needs of your cat, you can be sure that you are offering your cat the best care possible.
During its life your cat is likely to be exposed to many dangers both inside and outside of its home. A diligent cat owner can minimise the risk of harm to their cat by familiarising themselves with the day-
Many of the outdoor dangers to cats are obvious. Busy roads, dogs, poisons such as weed killer, cruel humans and disease are some of the risks your cat will face. Other dangers facing your cat are present inside your home. Washing machines, tumble driers, hot stoves, hot water in sinks and baths and electrical cables can also threaten your cat’s safety. Human medicines such as paracetamol can be fatal if ingested by your cat. Many plants, both indoors and outdoors, are toxic to cats if eaten. String and elastic can cause harm to your cat if ingested. Bones from scraps of meat or fish can become lodged in your cat’s mouth or throat causing your cat to choke.
By familiarising yourself with these dangers you can can minimise the risk of harm to your cat.
If your cat becomes stressed then this can have an adverse impact on its immune system and general health. Other pets in the house, loneliness and boredom or even moving house can be causes of stress to a cat.
Cats are not like humans. They do not think in the same way and a change in the household that seems quite insignificant to a human can be very distressing to a cat.
Some signs of stress in a cat are more obvious than others. Your cat may start to urinate or defecate around the house. It may change its feeding habits by eating and drinking more or less. The condition of your cat’s coat and eyes can be an indicator of stress or health problems.
A child’s enthusiasm for handling and playing with a cat can sometimes overwhelm the cat. Inappropriate handling and excessive noise can can lead to injury or distress for the animal. You should educate your child so that they understand what is and what is not acceptable behaviour when handling cats and when in the presence of cats.