Cats are fairly low-maintenance compared to dogs, but they still have basic needs that need to be met. These include:

Keeping them safe

Most cats would roam the neighbourhood if given the opportunity. This puts them at risk of getting into fights, getting lost or getting run over by cars, as well as the risk to native animals.

Most vets recommend keeping cats inside (or in a contained enclosure outside) as much as possible, and especially at night.

Feeding

Cats are ‘obligate carnivores’ which means they need animal proteins to survive. This usually comes from a diet rich in meat.

A balanced diet for your cat may include fresh raw meat, complemented by premium cat food that is appropriate for their age group. We recommend you talk to your vet for advice on what to feed your cat.

Grooming

  • Claws. Cats’ claws may require regular trimming, especially if they’re inside most of the time. This can be done during a vet visit, or your vet may teach you to trim their claws yourself. Do not attempt to cut your cat’s claws without instruction as you can cause pain or infection, potentially to both of you.
  • Coat. Most cats will enjoy being brushed regularly. This will help prevent problems with hairballs (especially common among long-haired cats), with the added benefit of reducing the amount of fur on your clothes and furniture!
  • Teeth. Keeping your cat’s teeth clean can help prevent expensive dental work. You can try gently brushing their teeth yourself with a cat toothbrush/toothpaste (if they’ll let you!). Otherwise, some foods contain special ingredients to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Worming, fleas and ticks

Queensland’s tropical environment is perfect for fleas and ticks, so it’s essential that you check your cats regularly if they go outside. Ticks are especially prevalent in spring (September-November).

Tick collars and some liquid medications can help defend your cat against ticks. You can also help prevent fleas and/or ticks from making a home in your yard by keeping it free from excessive bushes and long grass.

Learn how to identify ticks and call your vet immediately if you suspect your cat has a paralysis tick. Find out more about Ticks.

Vet checks

Taking your cat to the vet once a year (or more regularly for senior cats) helps to keep their injections up to date and identify any potential, developing issues.

If you suspect something might be wrong with your cat, visiting the vet early could help prevent a much bigger issue later. 

To help keep vet costs down, consider insurance for your cat.

Foods that are harmful for cats

  • Onions and garlic
  • Chocolate, coffee or caffeine products
  • Bread dough
  • Avocado
  • Grapes, raisins, sultanas or currants
  • Nuts
  • Fruit stones (pits)
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Fish constantly
  • Cooked bones or small pieces of raw bone
  • Fatty trimmings

No lilies for me please!

Lilies are a popular flower in Australia, but did you know they’re toxic to cats?

All parts of a lily can cause kidney failure if eaten by a cat, so the safest option is to never have them in your home.

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