New Cat Owners

It is an exciting time when you decide to introduce a new cat to your family! The joys of owning a cat are unlimited, however your new cute, soft and furry companion requires you to be prepared.

Our Vets have provided some valuable advice on the important things you need to know before bringing home your newest member of the family.

Must have cat supplies:

  • Carry cage/cat carrier
  • Food and water bowls
  • Food
  • Litter tray(s) and litter
  • Scratching post
  • Comfy bed
  • Toys
  • Grooming tools
  • Collar
  • An appointment for vaccinations, worming, desexing and microchipping (as required)

Responsible cat ownership

Being a responsible cat owner is about understanding your pet’s needs and your responsibilities to the community.

Responsible cat ownership involves the following:

  • Vaccinating your cat
  • Regular flea and worm treatments
  • Regular grooming
  • Registering your cat with local council (if over 3 months old)
  • Desexing your cat unless you are a registered breeder
  • Managing your cat to reduce the risk to wildlife
  • Recognising if your cat has a medical or behavioural problem and taking steps to have the problem addressed
  • You are also legally required to keep your cat on your property at all times (with a collar and council tag when outside) and inside between dusk and dawn.

The annual Council registration of your cat is due on the 10 April each year in Melbourne.

Please make sure to update any changes in phone numbers or addresses with both your local council and your pet’s microchip registration agency.

Introducing a new cat to your dog

Cats and dogs can play well together, but it depends on their individual personalities as to whether there will be a match made in heaven or a cat and dog war!

Initially, ensure both parties are safe from the other. They should be kept separate until your cat has settled in and then gradually introduced under strict supervision. Ideally bring your dog in when your cat is relaxed and sitting in a safe place, such as high up on its scratching post. Ensure your dog does not jump up to get to your cat.

To better control your dog (especially large ones), it is a good idea to bring them in on a lead. Reward any calm and friendly behaviour in your dog. Don't leave your cat and dog together unsupervised.

Learn more about vaccinations and desexing.

More information

For more information, please contact us at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital & Cattery.

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!