The Basics

How to take care of your cat in just a few simple steps.

Our feline friends may seem like the most independent, carefree creatures on the block, but they still need plenty of loving care to stay healthy, happy and in tip-top condition. Investing time and effort from day one in understanding your kit’s needs will ensure that you both need to pop in to see us a seldom as possible.

8 steps to a thoroughly content cat

Here’s a quick guide to the most important things you can do for your cat – and you’ll find lots more helpful information throughout the website.

  1. Vaccination
    Kittens need two vaccinations – at 9 and 12 weeks of age – to set them on the right track. After that, your cat will need a top-up every year. A week after the second vaccination they’re protected, but should stay indoors until they’re neutered – more on that later.
  2. Feeding
    A cat should always, always be lean – think prowling puma rather than pampered roly-poly – so take care not to to overfeed. Two meals a day of high-quality food and raw meat rather than gravy and jelly – good for their physique and even better for giving that fine set of teeth a workout!
  3. Worming
    Worms can affect your cat’s health and pose a risk to you and your family, too. Both kittens and cats should be wormed regularly to prevent infection and its unpleasant side effects.
  4. Flea prevention
    Fleas can be a real pest – and not just for your cat. Thankfully, they’re easy to get rid of when you know how and use the right products.
  5. Oral health
    The best thing you can do for your cat’s teeth is exactly what you do for your own – a thorough daily clean and timely trips to the dentist. Help them look after their own mouths, too, with foods that they can really sink their teeth into.
  6. Health insurance
    There’s no getting away from the fact that pet insurance can be pricey. But like many things these days, we’re great believers that you only get what you pay for. Choose your plan carefully and with every eventuality in mind.
  7. Neutering
    We recommend that male and female cats be neutered by the time they’re four and a half months old. It helps prevent future medical complications and illness, unwanted mating and also improves behaviour.
  8. Identity microchips
    It may only be the size of a grain of rice, but a microchip makes a huge difference to your peace of mind. Should your cat ever go astray, it makes it easy to be reunited, and means they can accompany you on holiday, too.