Cats can make excellent companions and are wonderful pets. However, with an average lifespan ranging from 15-20 years, owning a cat is a long-term commitment and their needs must be carefully considered.
You should ensure their vaccinations are up to date - some kittens and cats may need booster vaccinations after you acquire them. Cats should be vaccinated annually, this is also important as they receive a health check every year. Since cats age much faster than a human, health issues can develop across much shorter time periods. A cat is considered senior once over the age of 7. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age.
We recommend that your cat should on parasite control that covers them against fleas, intestinal worms and heartworm. There are many different products that are available and we can help you choose one that is suitable for your cat.
Cats should be microchipped and registered with the council by 6 months of age under The Cat Act WA 2011. This is important for ownership records but very important in case they become lost or stolen. By law cats must be desexed by 6 months of age. This is important to reduce the amount of stray cats on our streets but also to prevent undesirable behaviours and related medical problems.