Cats

Our cat-friendly clinic makes the experience much less stressful for pet and owner.

Help in caring for your cat
Owning a cat is a life long commitment. With many cats easily reaching into the mid to late teens, it is important that you consider before you buy a kitten whether you have the time and financial stability in place to care for a cat for hopefully a decade or more. This commitment from you will hopefully turn your new pet into a relaxed, loving member of the family. The first thing to consider is whether to adopt a cat or get a kitten from a breeder. There are numerous cats in rescue centres all waiting for a new home.

If you were to choose a kitten from a litter, there are a few things to bear in mind. Pedigrees are more predisposed to health conditions than moggies and certain breeds are renowned for suffering from different diseases. Talk to your vet if you want more advice on this. Once you have decided which breed you would like, it is next important to decide which kitten. It is a sign of a good breeder if they are happy to show you both parents when you come to view the litter.

Consider the reasons why some breeders may not want you to see the parents. A healthy kitten should be inquisitive, interested in new people and situations and at less than 10 weeks, shouldn’t be too shy. They should be an average weight compared to their litter mates, and have no signs of coughing or sneezing. The shy, underweight kitten in the corner is much more likely to grow into a nervous (potentially aggressive nervous) older animal than the confident happy kitten who is happy to greet you when they first see you.