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Info. on Cat Care

Caring for your cat

To keep your cat safe and in the best of health ideas-4-pets recommend the following:

Holding a cat

  • It is best to hold your cat or kitten by putting one hand under her chest whilst supporting the rest of her weight with your other hand.
  • Handle your kitten extremely gently as a kitten's bones are very fragile.
  • It isn't a good idea to pick up a cat by the scruff of her neck as this can cause extreme pain.
  • If you learn to hold your cat or kitten correctly, she will feel safe and secure but if you hurt her she will be distrustful of you picking her up.

Play

  • Cats and kittens love to play and ideas-4-pets have an excellent range of cat activity centres, cat scratchers and cat trees which could keep your cat amused for hours

Bedding

  • We all know that our cats love to idle away the day and can sleep for long periods of time during the day.  We provide an excellent range of cat beds including heated cat beds, waterproof cat beds, designer cat beds and luxury cat beds to suit all tastes

Neutering

Neutered male cats

  • Are less likely to roam away from your house and garden (reducing the risk of being run over).
  • Are less likely to fight, which improves their chances of avoiding serious diseases, like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which are transmitted by cat bites and reproductive activity.
  • Are less likely to mark their territory with urine (spraying) which means no bad smells around your home and property ! 

Female cats

  • Spaying female cats will avoid unwanted pregnancies (It is NOT beneficial for a female cat to have a litter before spaying, this is a myth).
  • A spayed female will not call and wail during their sexual cycle which cuts down on noise levels !
  • A spayed female is less likely to contract diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.

Cats do recover very quickly from neutering operations but we recommend following your vet's advice on how to look after your cat after the operation.


Vaccinations

  • Routine vaccination has greatly reduced the extent of several cat diseases (including some that can prove fatal). It is vital that your cat has all the necessary vaccinations and boosters she requires in her lifetime.
  • It is recommended that kittens are vaccinated around nine weeks old, with the important second dose being given at about 12 weeks - your vet will advise you on this.
  • A booster vaccination after 1 year is important to enhance the initial level of immunity.
  • Regular boosters throughout your cat's life will help her to maintain a good level of protection against cat 'flu, feline parvovirus and feline leukaemia.
  • Consult your vet regarding the frequency of these boosters.

Remember to de-flea and de-worm your cat on a regular basis and ask your vet how often to do this as it depends on the preventative products you choose.

Outdoor Cat Housing

Cats love to roam but need a warm, comfortable place to rest and keep warm in the winter months. We have some outdoor cat houses like the Kitty Den or the Wharfedale Pent Cat Kennel which are available in various sizes and can also be made to suit your requirements.   These ranges are suitable for cat owners with just one cat or for owners of multiple cats. 


Microchipping

  • Microchipping is a great way to offer your cat a safe and permanent method of I.D. and it also increases the chances of a lost cat being found.
  • Each microchip has a number which is unique and is stored on a national database.  If your cat is found, a scan of the chip will reveal your name and address from the database's records.
  • A microchip us about the same size as a grain of rice (or maybe slightly smaller) and it is inserted under the cat's skin between its shoulder blades.
  • The microchipping procedure is very easy to do and causes as much discomfort as a small injection.  Once the microchip is in place, your cat will not be aware of the microchip's presence.
  • Remember to change your microchip details if you move house !! 
  • Costs vary, depending upon where you live but is usually about £20 - £30 and is well worth the expense.