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Caring for a Cat

Cats are far more independent creatures than dogs. With advances in veterinary treatment - and the fact that many cats are kept indoors these days - many are now living to 20 years and older. This means that when you are thinking about getting a cat as a pet you need to be aware of the length of the commitment you are potentially taking on.

Cats also need a number of important items, the cost of which mounts up over the years. Apart from food and cat litter there will be bedding, bowls, brushes for grooming and toys. Cats needs regular flea and worming treatments, annual vaccinations and regular vet check ups.

It’s also a good idea to have your cat micro-chipped which means that if your pet is lost or stolen - and subsequently found - a scan by a rescue centre or a vet will reveal the owner's details embedded in the micro-chip.

Cats are extremely territorial pets and become very attached to their homes. This is something you need to consider when you go on holiday. There is the option of putting your cat into a cattery - but many cats will find this unsettling. The cost of cattery fees also needs to be taken into account. A better option might be if a friend or relative could move in to care for your cat in your home while you are away.

Cats are perfect for working families and people with a busy lifestyle. Their independent natures mean they don't mind being left alone for hours. They are also a good pet for the elderly as they don’t need taking out for exercise. Families with infants and toddlers in the house need to make sure that the young children are kept away from the cat litter as they can contract serious and unpleasant illnesses from cat faeces.

Charities, such as the Cats' Protection League, are always look for good, loving homes for stray and abandoned cats and kittens. Giving a second chance to a rescued cat can be a very rewarding way of acquiring your new family pet.