Keeping cats

Cats need plenty of exercise and usually freely roam the area surrounding your property. If your cat is a house cat, they do still need some physical activity to keep them fit and healthy. Unlike dogs, you can’t put cats on a lead and take them for a stroll around the park so exercising them means getting creative and creating areas for your cat to romp around and climb. Cat trees and scratching posts are perfect for this kind of activity. On average, your cat should exercise for about 10-15 minutes per day.

Clean up after them – particularly because stains and odours are fairly difficult to remove after a while. Locate the mess, soak/ pick it up with a paper towel and choose a cleaning product that is odour-dissolving to get rid of the smell and prevent your cat using this spot again.

Let them out/ keep them in – It’s important that you don’t leave your cat alone all day. If you don’t have a cat flap, you need to let your cat out regularly. If you are going away, you need to find a reliable friend or family member to care for your pet.  Alternatively, you can look into catteries to care for your cat while you’re away.

Maintain a healthy diet – The RSPCA have put together a guide on how to ensure your cat has a healthy diet.

Microchip them – Thousands of cats go missing each month so to ensure that they can be returned to you easily; please consider micro chipping them at your local vets.

Get them neutered or spayed – Ask a vet or the RSPCA.

Protect them against killer diseases – by getting your cat vaccinated and wormed every six months.

Insure them – Cats like humans get diseases and have accidents, but there is no National Health Service for cats!  You have to pay for their treatment so make sure you don’t face any unaffordable bills and get your cat insured.