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Owning a cat or a kitten can be a new experience for some and this page is a direct result of the most commonly asked questions we get from cat lovers and potential cat lovers who are looking to home one of our rescued cats or kittens

  To download these FAQ's and and other useful pieces of information click on the fact sheet links


Fact Sheet 1 : Things to consider before you home a cat

Fact Sheet 2 : Toxic substances for cats

Fact Sheet 3 : FAQ's

Q: Why do I have to have my cat neutered?

A: This is one of the most important things you can do for your cat, and other cats too:

  • Your cat will be more calmer and not go roaming, where it might get run over, or catch diseases from other cats, such as sexually-transmitted diseases
  • It will keep the cat population down. We, at The Cats Whiskers Rescue, are inundated with cats just dumped because they are “excess to requirements”. Just have a look at the “Soap Box Gang” on the News and Events page of our website.


Q: Why does my cat sometimes vomit?

A: A cat will occasionally vomit to remove hairballs its swallowed while washing itself. These hairballs form in the back of the throat or in the small intestines.

To help prevent this a cat needs to groomed at least 3 times a week, although long-haired cats will need a daily groom. If your cat vomits regularly, and the grooming has no effect, then you should consult the vet.


Q: What do I do if my cat has diarrhoea?

A: Many factors can contribute to diarrhoea. These include: Germs, parasites, toxic substances, food, or even emotional upsets.

The best way to deal with this is to monitor the cat. If the cat continues to have diarrhoea for more than 24 hours, then vet treatment is necessary. However, if the stools contain blood or a lot of water, don’t wait 24 hours, but seek vet advice immediately.

Q: My cat is finding it difficult to urinate, and spends a long time in the litter tray, but only does a little drop. What is the matter?

A: This is a very common and serious problem. The lower urinary tract has become infected, and this could be fatal. It may be due to decreased water intake, viral infection, or diet. Other symptoms include: frequent licking of the genitals, blood in the urine and listlessness. Urgent vet treatment is required.


Q: My cat is urinating all over the house. What can I do ?

A: Hopefully you have had your cat neutered, as this can be the way males mark their territory. If your cat has been neutered, then stress may be the culprit. Try and find the cause of stress, and remove it if you can. We use a few drops of pure lavender oil on the bedding, or a drop on the head where the cat can’t lick. This can also work wonders on Bonfire Night, or in the carrier while transporting the cat.


Q: Why does my cat scratch all the time?

A: An infestation of fleas or mites is possibly the reason. Effective treatments are available at your vets. This really does need treating, because apart from the fleas feeding off you too, they cause physical and emotional distress in your cat.


Q: My cat has black bits in her ear, and is often scratching them. Why?

A: This is probably due to an infestation of ear mites. It is easily treated with medication from the vets. But be warned, leaving the condition untreated can cause permanent damage to your cats hearing and long-term health.


Q: I have just brought a new cat into our home. He is hiding away, and won’t respond to us at all. How can I encourage him to join the family?

A: Cats need time to get used to their new home. They need to get used to the new surroundings and scents. It will take at least a week for the cat to settle in. Just leave the cat and don’t “force” your attentions on him. When the cat is ready, he will approach you. Then you can lavish your affection.


Q: Is it alright to give my cat milk?

A: In one word NO. Cats simply can’t digest cows’ milk. It can irritate their digestive tract. In our experience, cats live much longer if given only water to drink.


Q: What is the best way to introduce my dog to my new cat?

A: Introducing cats and dogs to one another is something we have all done at The Cats Whiskers Rescue. We are dog-lovers too! Getting them used to one another usually takes at least 2 weeks, and the method we use is as follows: do not keep them physically separate, unless you are going out of course. Keep an eye on any potential “arguments”, or unwarranted attention.

I managed to introduce my lively boxer dog to my rescue cat. Once the dog understood I wouldn’t allow her to chase the cat up the stairs, then we all settled down nicely. They sleep together now. A few firm “NO’s” worked wonders.


Q: How long should I wait until I can let my new cat outside the house?

A: It takes 2 weeks for a cat to realise that your house is its new home. If you leave the house in the first 3 days, don’t give the cat the run of the house. Confine it to 1 room, with a litter tray and water (and obviously food if its dinner time). Put the radio on. Only let the cat have the run of the house when you’re there.


Here at TCWR we are proud to recommend

Pool House Veterinary Group

Fosseway Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8JY
01543 262464/262433   enquiries@poolhousevets.co.uk
24/7 emergency veterinary care available


and thank them for their valuable input to this page and for the support they give to TCWR in caring for all of our rescued cats and kittens

For more information on the services they can provide for your animals and their new Pool House Veterinary Hospital please click on the picture above to visit their web site