Caring For Your Pet

When choosing an animal and then caring for it, there are many things you need to consider as your pet will be with you for a long time. On average, both cats and dogs live for 12-14 years. Churchill provides a comprehensive insurance policy for both cats and dogs should they fall ill or go missing.

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Cats are very clean, independent animals and provide loving companions for many. They also need to be given care and attention to keep them healthy and happy. Dogs are intelligent, faithful and fun. They do take up a lot of time and energy and need plenty of space so they are not ideal for people who are out of the house all day.

When choosing an animal and then caring for it, there are many things you need to consider as your pet will be with you for a long time.

Here is some key advice for looking after your cat or dog.

Cats

Cats need…

  • Company. They should be with other cats or people for at least some of each day.
  • A balanced diet. Make sure your cat’s food is free of bones.
  • Fresh, clean water in constant supply.
  • A sleeping area that is warm and cosy. A safe place to play and exercise every day.
  • Brushing regularly. Long-haired cats need to be brushed every day.
  • A scratching post.
  • Clean teeth. Use a brush or rub their teeth with special toothpaste and ask a vet to check them regularly.
  • Independence. A cat flap is ideal as cats like to come and go as they wish.
  • A litter tray that they are trained to use.
  • To be microchipped at the vets in case they get lost.
  • Neutering while they are young. It is a straightforward operation that can be arranged at your vets.
  • Veterinary care if they are ill or injured.
  • Injections to prevent them catching diseases (especially feline enteritis and cat flu when kittens).
  • Worming and flea treatment.
  • Support when being picked up – one hand under the cat’s chest and the other round its back legs.

Dogs

Dogs need…

  • Company. They like to be around other dogs or people and should not to be left alone for too long.
  • A balanced diet.
  • Fresh, clean water in constant supply.
  • A bed and blanket.
  • A garden that is safe and secure to play and exercise in.
  • Brushing every day, especially if they have long hair.
  • Clean teeth which should be checked by a vet regularly.
  • Regular walks. They should be kept on a lead when near traffic or other hazards.
  • A collar and identity tag.
  • Good training.
  • To be microchipped at the vets in case they get lost.
  • Neutering while they are young. It is a straightforward operation that can be arranged at your vets.
  • Veterinary care if they are ill or injured.
  • Injections to prevent them catching diseases.
  • Worming and flea treatment.
  • Well kept claws. They can be clipped by a vet if necessary.
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