New Year Checklist for Your Cat
• Cat proof your home
As you may have already discovered, cats are pretty good at getting into everything and anything! Make sure you keep medicines, cleaning products, poisons and other dangerous items well out of reach of those pesky paws, such as in a locked cabinet. Read more about cat proofing your home here.
• Get your cat microchipped
This can greatly help the chances of your pet being returned should they ever get lost or being able to identify your pet if there is any uncertainty/dispute. It’s not expensive to do but can prove invaluable later on. Speak to your vet if you’d like your pet to be microchipped.
Sort out insurance
If you have recently added a new addition to your family or even a pet you’ve had a while, it is highly advisable to sort out pet insurance for them. Unexpected trips to the vet can be pricey so it’s always good to know you’re covered. Read our guide to choosing pet insurance here.
Regular grooming can provide a lot of positives and benefits for you and your cat.
Get your cat neutered
There are many discussions surrounding neutering of your pet and it can seem
a bit of a minefield. Have a look at our information sheets to try and give you
some simple information for starters:
Check vaccinations and treatments are up to date
Make sure your cat is up to date with their boosts and preventive treatments, such as flea treatments, worming tablets etc. If it’s all a bit alien to you check out our basic guides to initial vaccinations.
Home health checks
Home health checks are a great way to keep an eye on your cat's health in between visits to the vet. Read this advice on why home health check's are important and how to check your cat’s skin and ears.
Customize your cat’s diet
We all want our cats to be happy and healthy so it’s important that they are on the right diet. Make sure your cat is on an appropriate diet for them - see our advice on Lifestage Diets and Premium Foods.
Annual check up
Although home health checks are important they are not intended to replace visits to your vet. Make sure you know when your pet is due for their annual check-up and book in to see your vet when needed.
Please note: this advice is not a substitute for a proper consultation with a vet and is only intended as a guide. Please contact your local veterinary practice for advice or treatment immediately if you are worried about your pet’s health - even if they are closed, they will always have an out of hours service available. Find out more about what to do in an out of hours emergency.