Cats make great pets; they are loving, fun, good company and are often considered part of the family. Owning a cat can be a rewarding experience however it does come with responsibilities. By law you must care for your cat properly, this means providing somewhere suitable to live, a healthy diet, opportunities to behave normally, the provision of appropriate company and ensuring that they are well. If you have any concerns about your pet's health or behaviour, seek veterinary advice. We have put together a few tips on how to care for your cat but for a complete guide visit the RSPCA's
Cat Welfare Page.

Food & Drink

Feed your cat every day, ideally splitting the daily ration into several meals throughout the day, unless advised otherwise by your vet. Mason Cash have the perfect selection of cat bowls to suit your cat’s every need. Our bowls and saucers are just the right height to ensure comfortable access to food and drink for cats of all sizes.

Cats need a well-balanced, meat-based diet to stay fit and healthy. Cats are carnivores and cannot survive without nutrients found in animal derived materials. Some human foods, for example onions, chocolate, caffeine, grapes and raisins are also poisonous to cats, for a full list visit the RSPCA's website.. Once you’ve found a balanced diet which suits your cat then stick to it as sudden changes in diet can cause stomach problems.

Home Comforts

A cat's environment needs to be safe, secure and free from hazards. Cats are territorial animals and so prefer to stay around their home. They can be frightened of unfamiliar places and smells so cats also need to have safe hiding places that they can go to if they are feeling scared. Provide a warm, dry place were your cat can nap that is in a quiet and draft free place. A cat flap is useful which gives them access to the house at any time. You can also adjust certain cat flaps so that your cat can come in but can’t get back out which is useful if you do not want them to go out at night.

House Training

Cats need to be able to go to the toilet regularly – either in a suitable area outside or in a litter tray – well away from where they eat and sleep. The litter tray must be kept clean and emptied at least once a day – otherwise, your cat will refuse to use it and may toilet on the floor instead. If you are housetraining a new kitten, it’s a good idea to add a little of the old litter to the fresh litter when cleaning the tray – this will encourage them to use it until fully housetrained.

Exercise and Play

Cats are active animals so will need regular opportunities to run, jump and climb –they will often feel safest when high up. If you keep your cat indoors, make sure they have enough space to exercise, climb and play and include a variety of resting places for them to use. Cats naturally use objects to scratch, to mark their territory, strengthen their muscles and sharpen their claws. Provide your cat with a sturdy scratching post which is tall enough for them to use fully stretched, especially if they don’t go outdoors.