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Tips on looking after cats and kittens

Updated on: 17 August 2020

A cute kitten looks up.

Cats are fun, cute and fluffy – but getting a cat or kitten is also a big responsibility. Take a look at our expert advice and tips on how to keep your feline friend happy and healthy.


  • Food plays a vital role in your cat’s health. A cat needs a diet that contains essential nutrients – think proteins, fibre and fats.

  • Good quality, ready-made food will help provide a well-balanced diet.

  • Unlike dogs, cats are ‘nibblers’ and prefer to graze throughout the day.

  • Also, make sure that your cat always has access to a bowl of fresh water.


  • It’s important to keep your cat well‐fed, properly wormed, regularly treated against parasites and fully vaccinated.

  • Grooming, stroking and playing with your cat will help you to build a strong relationship.

Playing and hunting

  • Kittens and cats need to play – this includes hunting and stalking.

  • Playing with a paper or cloth toy is a positive way for your cat to be active and express its natural instincts.

  • It’s also important you join in these games so it can learn to control its biting and scratching.


  • Cats are very clever at keeping an illness well hidden, until it gets serious.

  • If you notice a change in behaviour or habits, ask your vet for advice.

  • Look out for signs such as loss of appetite, excessive drinking, vomiting, diarrhoea and scratching.

Cat‐proof your home and garden

  • Before you get a cat or kitten, scan your home for potential dangers to your new feline friend’s health and safety.

  • Always check ovens, washing machine drums or spin dryers. They are amusing hiding places – especially for kittens.

  • Keep all heavy and hazardous items including sewing needles, books and vases out of reach.

Cats make excellent companions – just make sure you’re ready for the commitment. Consider if Direct Line cat insurance is right for you?

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