Make sure your feline friend is happy and healthy

CARING FOR YOUR cat

General health

All cats should be seen by a vet regularly for checks on their general health. A kittens they should receive an initial set of vaccinations to protect them from canine diseases and then yearly boosters thereafter.

You should also take your cat to the vets if you suspect any illness or injury, delaying vet checks can often lead to things worsening and bigger vet bills.

Cats should also receive regular flea and worming products to prevent infestations from occurring. We believe prevention is better than cure so it's really important to keep these up to date. You can speak to your vet about the products they recommend. It's also important to remember that fleas and mites can live in carpets, bedding and other soft furnishings so it's vital to remember to treat those too.

Microchipping is also really important to ensure that your cat can be returned to you quickly and easily should they become lost.

Neutering

At Rain Rescue we advocate neutering cats and kittens from four months of age but you should seek the advice of your vet in relation to your own cat. 

Neutering not only prevents unplanned and unwanted litters but can also prevent problem behaviours and other health problems. Uncastrated male cats will mark their territory (i.e your home) by spraying strong smelling urine. He may also get into fights with other cats, leaving him vulnerable to diseases such as FIV and FelV. 

In the past it has been thought that female cats should be allowed to have a litter before being spayed but this is purely an old wives tale that has no scientific basis. There are no health benefits associated with letting a cat have a litter. 

Right now the UK is facing a cat population crisis, as a responsible owner you should have your cat neutered as early as possible to avoid adding to the problem of so many unwanted cats and kittens. Speak to your vet about costs of neutering. Financial help is available to those who qualify for PDSA and from Cats Protection.

Insurance

One of the most important decisions to make for your pet is what insurance to take out. This is why we recommend Petplan insurance. They offer a true lifetime policy and cover dental and hereditary conditions as standard, making it no surprise that they are the UKs no.1 pet insurance provider. 

There are two main plans which Petplan provide; the Essential 12 month plan, and their signature product, Covered For Life®.

Our charity specifically recommends Petplan's Covered For Life® policies as each year they renew your Veterinary Fees benefit, therefore providing continuous cover for ongoing illnesses and injuries, as long as you renew your policy each year without a break in cover. By insuring with Petplan, your premium will not increase based on your claim history alone and you will also receive exclusive discounts on a number of pet related products and services. 

For 4 weeks' free Petplan insurance simply go directly to Petplan's website to activate your own voucher which can be found here.

Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited and Allianz Insurance plc. Rain Rescue is an Appointed Representative of Pet Plan Limited and is not part of the Allianz (UK) Group.

When you take out a Pet Plan policy through our referral, Rain Rescue will also receive a commission helping towards the cost of caring for the animals we save.

Behaviour

Having a good knowledge of the behavioural needs of cats is vital to creating a happy relationship between cat and owner. Whether you've just took in a rescue cat, bought a kitten or had a cat in your life for many years - learning about cat behaviour can be hugely valuable and interesting.

Cats are explorers by nature and will often want to venture outside. Cats who show this desire or have been known to go outdoors previously should not be kept indoors long term. If your cat is new they should be kept indoors for around six weeks before being allowed to venture out. It's important that they have made your home their home first.

Cats which are happy to live indoors or have to on veterinary advice i.e those diagnosed with FIV need the stimulation and exercise they would receive outdoors replicating. Giving them a variety of rooms to explore, providing them with scratching posts and towers as well as creating play times is a great way to do this.

Another option is to create an outdoor enclosed space for your cat to be able to enjoy the fresh air without any risk. 

If your cat is presenting problem behaviours you should firstly seek the advice of a vet to ensure there are no underlying health issues causing them to act differently.

For other cat behaviour advice you may wish to seek out the help of a pet behaviourist, it's important to do your research before employing their services to ensure they are suitably qualified.

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