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Cats - What you need to know

Wed 23 September 2015

Cats - What you need to know


Things you need to know

  • Cats like familiarity, and are easily frightened by strange places or smells. Make sure they always have their own safe hiding places to go if they’re feeling scared.
  • If you want to keep your cat indoors, British Shorthairs are a good breed, but they will need plenty of toys to make up for not being able to go outside and hunt
  • Cats have an average lifespan of more than 12 years


  • Expenses of £20 per week
  • Average lifetime cost of £12.4K

Diet & Exercise

  • Cats need a meat-based diet of dry and wet food to stay fit and healthy
  • Cats sleep for 12 to 18 hours a day, but enjoy being active when awake. If they can’t go outside, lots of indoor play will get them moving.

Lifestyle Match

  • Cats suit owners with busy lifestyles as they need less attention than dogs
  • Cats, especially males, can be solitary animals so don’t get one if you want lots of cuddles

Maintenance Level

  • Medium – Cats can be loners, but they still require love and attention
  • Cats can be quite demanding, so don’t count on many lie-ins!


Cats - What you need to know