A cat must be able to avoid things that scare it. If unable to hide, your cat may
A cat needs regular easy access to an appropriate place to go to the toilet.
Living in a cold or wet place, without shelter, can cause a cat to suffer and become
Cats are athletic animals. They need the opportunity to run, jump and climb and often
feel safest when high up.
Cats are territorial animals and become very attached to places. They are naturally
frightened of unfamiliar places and smells; they prefer to stay in their familiar
Cats are intelligent. If a cat is bored, and doesn’t have enough to do, it may suffer.
Cats are inquisitive. If there are hazards within their environment they may easily
Things you should do
Provide your cat with a comfortable, dry, draught-free, clean and quiet place where
it can rest undisturbed.
Give your cat regular access to a suitable place where it can go to the toilet, outside
or in a litter tray, which is separate to where it eats and sleeps.
Make sure your cat has constant access to safe hiding places where it can escape
if it feels afraid.
If more than one cat shares a living space, provide sufficient extra resources (e.g.
toys, beds and hiding places) and give them enough space that they can get away from
one another if they choose.
If your cat doesn't go outside, make sure it has plenty of activities it can do and
enough space to exercise, climb and play indoors. Read more about keeping cats indoors.
Make sure your cat can reach a safe high place where it can climb and rest, e.g.
shelves, cupboard top.
Ensure the size and temperature of any place you leave your cat (including your vehicle)
If you have to take your cat to a new place, use a secure cat carrier and introduce
your cat to it gradually. Putting familiar smelling items in the carrier and the
new environment can help the cat feel at ease.
If you are going away, try to find someone to care for your cat and meet all its
welfare needs within its familiar home, or if boarding your cat, try to ease the
move by taking familiar items along too, e.g. your cat’s bed and toys.
If you move house, your cat may try to get back to its previous home; keep it indoors
for at least one to two weeks after you move, and make sure that it seems settled
before letting it outside.
Make sure that where your cat lives is safe, secure and free from hazards.