Cats are very popular pet animals; there are approximately eight million cats kept
in the UK.
There are different breeds and varieties of cat, varying in size, body
shape and temperament. The majority of cats owned in the UK are non-pedigrees.
cats live for fourteen years, but many live for much longer.
Understanding cats' needs
Cats retain much of the biology and behaviour of the wild cats they originated from.
This means they have very complex needs so looking after them well can be challenging.
Being aware of how wild cats live can help you understand your pet cat’s needs better,
so why not check out the RSPCA Cat Factfile to learn more.
Your duty to care
Owning and caring for a cat is great fun and very rewarding, but it is also a big
responsibility and a long-term commitment in terms of care and finances. If you own
or are responsible for a cat, even on a temporary basis, you are required by law
to care for it properly.