NEW CAT ESSENTIALS
Finding the right cat
Should I get a cat or a kitten?
Kittens are playful, mischievous, curious and inquisitive. Plus, their all-round cuteness is tricky to resist. As a pet parent, you need to be prepared that a kitten will demand a lot of your time and attention as they discover the world. If you’re not able to invest the time required you might want to consider an older cat.
Considering an older cat?
Cats are an adult from 12 months old and middle aged at 7 years. While they can still be playful, older cats tend to have a more settled temperament and can be less destructive. They’re also more prone to sleep and are less likely to develop behavioural problems. Their established personalities can make for great, fluffy companions.
Female or male cat?
Male and female cats both make excellent pets. Behaviourally there isn’t much of a difference between them, especially when they’re neutered. A cat’s environment from kitten to adult is more likely to be the determining factor when it comes to behaviours.
Where should I get my cat from?
Did you know it’s estimated that 34% of cat owners got their pet from a rescue or rehoming centre? Many rehoming centres across the country can offer advice to help match a cat to you based on their behaviour and background and your home environment.
It’s worth remembering that rescue centres can be a stressful environment for cats and kittens. The centre staff should be able to offer advice about their true personality.
Welcoming your cat
It’s important to know that when your cat or kitten first comes to your home it might feel like a scary place for them.
Kittens especially may need some time adjusting to their new surroundings. At this time, you should be patient and ensure a quiet, calm environment for them. Be prepared with the essentials before your cat arrives so they can get to grips with their new surroundings from day one!
Food and water bowls: Water and food should be separate, avoid plastic dishes where possible as they are more difficult to keep clean.
Food: A complete food is recommended. For kittens, it must contain the essential nutrients needed to grow and develop.
Bedding: Cats will typically choose their own sleep location. However, providing them with a quiet, cosy and warm place to sleep will help them settle in. Sleep is essential for a healthy, happy cat. For kittens, a blanket from their first home with familiar smells from their mother can help them settle in.
Litter tray: Position the litter tray away from the food bowls. The tray needs to be deep enough for your cat to dig holes. For fully grown cats get a litter tray with high sides. Initially using the same type of litter your cat has become accustomed to from their previous home is recommended.
Scratching posts: Sturdy scratching posts allow cats to exhibit their natural behaviours. It’s a good idea to keep one in the room they sleep in as many cats like a morning scratch!
Toys: Cats will find fun in all sorts – you included! A varied selection of toys can act as boredom breakers when you’re not at home.
Vet visit: Registering your cat with a vet doesn’t have to be on day one, but booking an appointment to have a check-up is always recommended.
DO YOU NEED MORE ADVICE?
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Alternatively you can call our free consumer care line on +44 1405 862241 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Our dedicated team of pet experts will help you make the right choice.
If you should have any concerns about the health of your pet, always consult a vet.