Caring for your cat

Being a responsible cat owner is about providing your cat with everything they need to live a happy and healthy life. Here are some tips on what to do to ensure you are a faultless feline friend.

Microchip your cat

Felines have a tendency to wander off every now and then so it's important to make sure your cat is identifiable. An engraved ID tag with your contact details attached to a quick release collar which pulls apart if your cat gets their collar stuck on anything along with a microchip will help them be identified should they go missing. Here at Battersea, we microchip all cats before they go to new homes.

Make sure to keep your cat’s chip details up to date with your contact information so that you can be contacted if they are found.

When introducing your cat to the outside, we recommend a microchip cat flap which will keep your cat safe and any unexpected visitors out. We’re excited to be working with Sure Petcare, who make award winning microchip products, including cat flaps. Find out more about how Sure Petcare supports Battersea.

Neuter your cat

Neutering your cat not only prevents unwanted litters but will also benefit your cat's overall health and wellbeing. They are less likely to wander off in search of a mate or attract unwanted attention from other cats.

Sign up your cat with a vet

Don’t wait until your cat becomes ill before registering with a vet. Animals need annual vaccinations, and this time is a good opportunity for a complete health check.

Keep your cats vaccinations up to date

Caring for your cat’s health also means trying to prevent avoidable health problems developing. Cats should have yearly vaccinations and regular worming and flea treatments.

All dogs and cats from Battersea go home with a voucher offering a free Vac4Life and veterinary consultation with Vets4Pets or Companion Care Vets. Vac4Life gives your pet their annual booster vaccinations for the duration of their life.

Consider getting pet insurance

Pet insurance will help with any unexpected veterinary fees and allow you to provide the best health care for your cat. There are a number of different policies and providers to choose from, but not all pet insurance is the same. Some policies limit the amount of time or money that you can claim and this is why we recommend that you don’t choose a policy based on price alone.

All cats from Battersea go to their new homes with four weeks’ free insurance from Petplan.

Socialise from a young age

Providing your cat with plenty of positive experiences around daily sights, noises and situations from an early age will help prevent behavioural problems.

Provide lots of play time

Most cats need access to a garden but indoor cats, who do not have the mental stimulation provided by the outside world, can become bored and stressed. This can lead to behavioural problems and destructiveness. Cat activity toys can help your cat amuse themselves when you are absent. All cats enjoy playtime so make sure you interact with your cat through games, and provide a scratching post so they can exercise their claws without shredding your sofa.

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