Cat Owner’s Responsibilities
A Cat Owner’s Responsibilities
Cats are a delightful addition to a home and family. They are now the #1 pet in North America. Follow these pointers and you and your pet will enjoy a lifetime of love and companionship together:
Spay or neuter
Spaying or neutering will prolong the life of your cat and help reduce the risk of reproductive cancer in your pet. Male cats are less likely to spray when neutered early (seven to nine months). Female cats should generally be spayed by the age of six months.
License and microchip
The municipal animal shelter receives thousands of stray cats arrive every year, and only nine per cent are claimed by their owners.
Keep your cat indoors
The safest place for your cat is indoors, but she can enjoy the outdoors while supervised on a leash and harness or in the safety of a catio.
Have a veterinarian examine your cat annually
Keep vaccinations up to date to ensure your cat is disease- and parasite-free.
Supply proper nutrition
Ensure your cat has quality food and water. A well-nourished and healthy cat will live a longer life with fewer trips to the veterinarian.
Address behavioural problems
Inconsistent use of the litter box is a common problem cat owners often face, but one that can often be corrected. Contact your veterinarian for advice and guidance.
Provide proper grooming
Owners should not ignore the importance of daily or weekly grooming. Grooming provides an opportunity to detect fleas or other problems that might otherwise go unnoticed.