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Caring for your cat

Cats make our lives better. They make terrific, easy-going pets and provide a lifetime of love and companionship.

But caring for a cat is a significant responsibility. We know happy pets make happy people, so here’s a guide to help you keep your purrfect pal healthy for life.

If you are worried about your cat, reach out to RSPCA Victoria today.

Desexing and microchipping

We recommend microchipping and desexing your cat to help them live a happy and healthy life.

Desexed animals are less likely to get diseases and less likely to roam. Desexing your pet also reduces the number of unwanted litters in your community.

Ensure your pet is microchipped because if they become lost, you are far more likely to be reunited with them if they are microchipped, but make sure your personal details are up to date with the applicable microchip registry.

Nutrition

Cats require a balanced diet tailored to their size, age and any health conditions they might have. Cats should be fed small amounts regularly, as they are natural grazers. It is a good idea to provide a small breakfast and dinner while providing a small supply of dry food throughout the day – but be careful not to overfeed them.

It is critical that your cat can always access clean, fresh water, inside and outside the home.

Litter

Cats are very clean animals and cat owners should work to keep their environment as hygienic as possible.

Cats are easily toilet-trained, providing they have access to a litter tray that is cleaned daily. Litter trays should be kept in a secluded area, well away from food and water supplies.

Exercise and play

All cats need to exercise. If your cat lives indoors additional opportunities for exercise should be considered, such as a large scratching post or an enclosed cat-run outdoors.

Remember cats like companionship, so regularly spending time playing with your cat is essential for their wellbeing and your bond with your pet.

Bathing and grooming

Almost all cats require grooming assistance from their owners, particularly if they have long hair. By maintaining a good grooming schedule you will have a happier cat, less hair around the house, and will not need a vet’s assistance with matted or tangled fur.

Unlike dogs, you should not need to bathe a cat.

Veterinary care

Your cat will require annual visits to the vet for vaccinations, boosters and general health checks. This is important for your cat’s wellbeing and will help ensure they live a long and happy life.

If times are tough and you need a hand, the RSPCA is working across the City of Latrobe to help.

Need a hand caring for your cat?