Cat & Kitten Care
Please note that we are neither a rescue centre nor veterinary experts
Our aim is simply to try and control the cat population by continually having cats neutered. However, we will try and help with other problems whenever we can.
Please do remember that all cats, and indeed other pets, should be regarded as part of the family for life, which could be 10 to 15 years or more. They all require a caring owner, regular food and water, their own favourite spot in the home in which to feel safe and secure, and veterinary treatment if required. As the old saying goes — A cat is for life, not just for Christmas.
Owning a cat can be one of the most rewarding experiences you have. To make this time enjoyable for both you and your cat, you need to ensure that you have the knowledge and ability to care for your cat properly.
Cats can be more than just a pet for some people because, in their own way, they care for you. A cat can be very compassionate and caring when you are sick and will often keep you company when you are upset or lonely.
Cats can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. As you care for your cat, you will start to learn all about your cat’s little funny ways and things it likes and dislikes. All cats have their own personality and you just have to give it time to come through.
Cats that are frightened or in pain may change their behaviour or develop unwanted habits like aggression, disappearing or avoiding you. A change in your cat’s behaviour could also mean that your cat is distressed, bored, sick or injured.
The way a cat behaves depends on its age, personality and past experiences.
Never shout at or punish your cat, as it is unlikely it will understand and may become nervous and scared. Signs that your cat may be suffering from stress or fear can include high levels of grooming, hiding, sleeping hunched or altered feeding and toilet habits.
Having decided to give a home to a kitten, on arrival at your home, leave the kitten in the carrier and leave the carrier door open and let the kitten come out and explore in its own time.
Make sure your kitten knows where the litter tray is. The food and water should be kept a suitable distance from the litter tray to avoid litter entering the food and water bowls. Cats are reluctant to use a litter tray that is too close to their food.
Let your new kitten come to you in its own time. It can take days or even weeks to establish a relationship with a kitten, so please be patient. Kittens need time to bond with you and before long, your new kitten will become your best friend. For the first few weeks, your kitten should not be allowed to roam your home unsupervised when you are not there. You should put your kitten back in its own room with its litter tray, comfortable bed, toys, scratch post, food and water.
It is definitely worth obtaining two kittens together whenever possible, especially if you are out at work for most of the day. In this way, they will have a constant playmate and two kittens can exercise each other far more effectively than you can. Cats and kittens interact best in pairs.
Please remember that your new kitten should be kept indoors at all times and should not be allowed outdoors until old enough to cope with outdoor life.
Kittens are fully litter trained from a very early age. To avoid accidents, it is absolutely vital that the kitten is aware at all times where the litter tray is. The kitten may not be able to find the litter tray alone, especially in a home with more than one floor and several rooms. It is important that the kitten is restricted to one area for the first few weeks and only allowed into other areas of your home under supervision.
General Feeding Guidelines for your new kitten:
Age 2 to 5 months……………….4 to 5 meals a day.
Age 6 to 8 months……………….3 to 4 meals a day.
Age 9 to 12 months……………….3 meals a day.
Kittens should be fed tinned or fresh food as part of a balanced diet, with dry kitten food left down at all times to graze on, and a bowl of fresh water. Your reward for feeding your kitten a healthy well balanced diet is a beautiful healthy adult cat.
Never put your cat on an all-vegetarian diet. Cats need protein to survive.
Never ever feed your cat dog food. Cats need five times more protein than dogs do.