long and healthy lifePractical Tips to ensure your cat has a long and healthy life
In the house

– Tidy away any needles, rubber bands, wires, drawing pins or ribbons. If the cat swallows any of these he or she could suffocate or perforate the stomach wall or intestines.
– Always keep the washing machine door closed. Ditto for your rubbish bin and sewing basket.

– If your cat does not respond to your calling, check inside closets and wardrobes. There is a chance that you will find your cat happily stretched out on your valuable cashmere sweaters.

– Keep all disinfectants and household cleaners well out of the reach of cats.

– Some of your cherished house plants can be toxic to cats; avoid mistletoes, mimosas, rubber plants, philodendrons, arum (lords-and-ladies), crocus, oleander and Dieffenbachia.

– Keep an eye on your cat on the balcony; he or she could get carried away while chasing a starling and jump over the balustrade.

In the garden

– Keep all disinfectants and household cleaners well out of the reach of cats.

– Remember cats could fall into the pool or pond!

– Bees and wasps can sting cats quite badly. Ensure that the cat dishes do not attract them.

– In some areas, encounters with wandering caterpillars can be dangerous to your cat. The only solution: See your vet immediately.

– It is advised to install protective sheeting on windows. Tilting windows must be secured against accidental closing to prevent your cat from getting hurt.

In urban areas

– If you do not wish your cat to breed you must get her or him Vet FAQ- Cat heat pregnancy and gestation”>neutered or spayed: This also prevents unpleasant odours, straying, night-time serenades and unwanted litters.

When travelling
Cats generally do not like to travel as they miss their little habits. If you must travel, the following tips may help to make travelling as pleasant for the cat as possible:

– Have your cat micro chipped or tattooed by a vet for identification purposes. Ensure that vaccinations are up to date. Rabies vaccination is mandatory at many locations (in particular camping sites).

– Have your vet give you a list of places where rabies is prevalent.

– Remember: If this is the first rabies vaccination, there must be at least one month between vaccination and start of travel.

– Ask your vet to issue a health certificate for your cat a few days prior to departure.

– Include your cat’s needs in your first aid travel kit; be prepared for insect bites, little accidents. Your vet will be able to advise you.

– Do not abruptly change your cat’s food on arrival at your destination; this will invariably lead to diarrhoea and vomiting. Before you travel, get your cat accustomed to the food you will be feeding during your travels.

1. In the car
– Do not feed the cat before travelling and put her in her basket in the car. Take the usual food with you and feed your cat on arrival at your destination. Stop for regular breaks, give the cat something to drink and let the cat out for a while if he or she wants to but keep the cat on a lead. Many cats are lost at motorway service stations and car parks every year. Avoid over-long stays in the car on hot and sunny days. Always look for a shady place. Never leave your cat alone in the parked car on sunny days!

2. In planes and on ships
– Obtain the information you need from the relevant carrier companies. The requirements for foreign travel are best obtained from the embassy in question or ask your vet.

In the Cattery
If you are unable or do not want to travel with your cat, there arewhere you can leave your cat while you are away. Here are some things to do so that you can be at peace during your holiday:

– Visit one or several catteries before agreeing to board your cat there.

– Select the cattery offering your cat the best in comfort and treatment; size of boxes, cleanliness, heating, special diets, etc.

– Ensure that your cat’s vaccinations are up to date and worm your cat prior to boarding.

– Inform the cattery owner about any special dietary needs your cat may have.

– Bring the cat’s favourite bed and toys to the cattery.

– Leave a contact address and phone number with the cattery.

– Also give them your vet’s phone number.

Your cat is lost

– If you had your cat micro chipped or tattooed, ring the companies where the microchip is registered.

– Ask in the local animal home if your cat was found.

– Inform your local police station that your cat is missing.

– Put an ad in the local paper. Put up posters locally with a detailed description of your cat. Your cat passport can be quite helpful in this regard.

– Talk to your neighbours.

The same applies if you find a cat!
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