|There will be times in your cat's life that they will need treatment by a vet and it is your duty as a cat owner to ensure your cat is treated. This can sometimes be expensive but to help cover these costs, insurance companies offer a range of policies with different levels of cover. |
There are various aspects of routine care that you need to ensure you provide your cat. Some of these are monthly, every 6 months, annually or one off treatments, find out more below.
Below are the average statistics of a healthy cat:
Life span: 10 - 15 years
Temperature: 100.5 to 102.5°F
Heart Rate: 200 beats/min kittens
120 - 140 beats/min adult cats Respiration Rate: 16 to 40 breaths/min
Gestation Period: 63 - 65 days
Weight: 2.5 - 6.8 Kgs (5.5 - 15 lbs)
Your cat will need to be wormed every 3 - 6 months. A variety of feline wormers are available and these can easily be administered. Ensure you read the instructions on the label before you administer to you cat.
Your kitten will need to be vaccinated when it has reached 8 - 10 weeks old, it will need to have a booster at 12 - 16 weeks, and then a further booster once per year thereafter to remain protected. In some countries you may also need to have your cat vaccinated against rabies.
Fleas & Ticks
You need to check your cat regularly for fleas and ticks. Fleas can be easily passed from cat to cat and ticks can be picked up when they are out and about. A range of flea and tick sprays, powders, drops and collars are available that are easy to apply and effective in getting rid of fleas and ticks. Ensure you read the instructions on the label before you administer to your cat.
Spay or Neuter
If you do not intend to use your cat for breeding purposes you may wish to have them spayed or neutered. Spaying a female cat (queen) will mean they do not come into season therefore you will not have any of the behaviours associated with this or any male suitors. Neutering a male cat (tom) reduces the likelihood of spraying to mark their territory and it also reduces the chance of roaming. Spaying or neutering may also reduce the risk of certain health problems in the future.
A licensed veterinarian will perform the surgery under anesthesia and they will be able to fully explain the procedure to you. If you are thinking of spaying or newtering a pet, getting it done at an early age is safe and effective so have a chat with your vet at your kitten's first visit.
You may consider having your pet chipped. This involves a microchip being inserted under the skin on the back of your cat's neck. This procedure is carried out by a vet and is quick and relatively painless.
If your cat goes missing and is handed in to a police station they can scan the chip using a special scanner and it displays your name and address so you can be contacted to come and collect your pet.