Keep your cat indoors
It is a myth that cats need to roam to be contented. The curiosity in any animal, be it a dog, a rabbit or a hamster, would prompt them to explore if not properly secured. There are many examples of cat owners with cats that are perfectly contented to be indoors with the proper care and attention. A large percentage of complaints that we receive are in fact about roaming pet cats. They reinforce peoples’ perception of cats as being hard to confine and out of control.
Provide a cat-safe home
Cats are climbers by nature and in high-rise Singapore the incidence of cats falling out of windows is high. Meshing options can help prevent painful injuries or death to your beloved cats.
Sterilise your cat
Sterilisation has many benefits including a reduced chance of contracting infectious cat diseases. Male cats in particular will improve in physical body condition and their urine will smell less pungent.
Most vets recommend female kittens to be neutered at 4 months of age to prevent any unplanned pregnancies before the cat begins puberty. There are thousands of cats and kittens on the street and not enough homes for them. This is why sterilisation is important as it is also a humane way to manage the existing cat population.
Vaccinate for health and prevention
Kittens and adult cats should be vaccinated to help them stay healthy and stop the spread of disease, some of which can prove fatal. It is vital for your cat to have all the necessary vaccinations and boosters to maintain a good level of protection against cat flu, feline leukaemia and chlamydia. Your vet can advise you on the frequency of these boosters.
Microchipping for peace of mind
Micro chipping is the safest and simplest means of permanently identifying your cat. A microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat’s skin between their shoulder blades. The microchip carries a unique ID number linked to a database holding your contact details, allowing you to be quickly traced should they stray and be scanned. So, don’t forget to update your details if you move house or change phone numbers.
If you do choose to put a collar on your cat, use a ‘quick release’ collar to allow your cat to free themselves should the collar get caught on something. Fit it carefully – two fingers should snugly fit between your cat’s neck and the collar. Severe injuries resulting from poorly fitted collars or those with no quick release function are not uncommon.
Pets are for life
They are a lifetime commitment and once they are your pet, you are their everything. Please do not abandon your cats. They do not survive well on the streets as they have lost the instincts to fend for themselves. They also add to the community cat population in the estate and are thus in danger of being trapped to be culled.