Cats make very rewarding pets, as long as they are cared for properly. Responsible cat care starts by finding out about what owning a cat will involve before taking on the responsibility of ownership. Here we briefly cover the main points for consideration.
Introducing cats to other household residents should be done gradually, gently and over time.
Feeding a cat doesn’t have to be expensive, but your cat does have certain requirements from her diet to ensure she lives a happy and healthy life. Take a look at the Burgess Cat range of complete foods and our feeding guide to give you an idea of what and how much food to give your cat.
You need to consider the cost of initial vaccinations, neutering, annual vaccinations, as well as any ad hoc treatment that may be needed throughout the course of a cat’s life. When you pick up your new cat or kitten, if it doesn’t have any past history of attending a vet, we recommend you take it to a vet straight away and they will recommend the best course of action regarding vaccinations, worming, fleas, feeding etc.
The 2013 PDSA Paw report suggests that the lifetime cost of owning a cat will be around £17k depending on the size and breed of the cat.
Cats can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49km) over a short distance.
Cats dislike the winter because their fur doesn't insulate well when it's wet.
Cats are generally independent animals, but they do require time for play and companionship. They also need regular grooming, especially if they are long-haired.
You need to consider what you will do with your cat if you go away from home, on holiday for example. You will need to make alternative arrangements during these periods to ensure the continual care of your cat, be it paying for a cattery, getting a friend to ‘cat sit’, or asking a trusted neighbour to help out.
If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.Email us