Responsibilities of Cat Ownership
All cats require adequate shelter from the elements protection from potentially harmful situations an adequate and balanced daily diet and the opportunity to take exercise.
It is the owner who must bear the responsibility if a cat bites or scratches a human kills wildlife causes damage to property creates noise or other pollution or is the direct cause of other community costs.
Cat-owners should be aware of any signs of illness in their cats and must ensure that proper veterinary care is provided.
The RSPCA recommends that cats be kept indoors from dusk to dawn and this is often mandated by law.
The following information is intended to provide a very basic overview of the essentials of caring for your cat. It does not cover every aspect of the care of your pet and we strongly advise that you seek further specific information and advice in order to ensure the welfare of any animals in your care.
Feline enteritis is a viral disease which is usually fatal and vaccination is essential. Feline respiratory disease is a viral disease caused by a range of viral diseases which results in „flu“ symptoms but is not usually fatal however vaccination is advisable. None of these diseases affect humans. Initial vaccinations are usually given from six to eight weeks of age. Booster vaccinations are required and you should consult your veterinary surgeon for advice on the proper schedule.
Kitten roundworms are not infective to humans but nonetheless your cat requires regular worming. Tapeworms can also infect cats. Your veterinary surgeon will advise on a worming schedule.
Fleas are a common external parasite of cats. They may cause severe itching and inflammation of the skin leading to dermatitis. There are now a number of options available for control of fleas including medication insecticidal powders or washes or the use of a flea collar. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on these products.
Female cats are neutered to prevent seasonal cycles and to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Tomcats are neutered to prevent fighting and wandering and other undesirable habits such as spraying urine to mark territory.
Your cat can be neutered from two months of age. Please click here to find out further information about neutering.