Middlesex North West & South Hertfordshire Branch
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Animal 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 a cat you are required by law to care for it properly. Cats have an average life span of 16 years and beyond and should be considered  part of the family; you should be committed to involving them in all life changes that can occur in this time such as moving home, having a family and changes in personal circumstances.

How to take care of your cat

Introducing cats

Introducing cats and dogs


There are estimated to be around 1.7 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK making them the third most popular pet after cats and dogs. Sadly, despite this rabbits are still one of the most neglected domestic animals.  Rabbits are a high maintenance pet and parents and carers must be prepared to take full responsibility for them. With a life span of 7-10 years and beyond children will often lose interest long before your rabbit reaches middle age, assuming that the children have not left home or gone off to university by then. Rabbits are completely dependent on their owner to provide for all of their needs, can you commit to this for the next decade?

How to take care of your rabbit


He may be your best friend and a bundle of fun and energy but like the rest of your family, your dog has complex needs. Taking on a dog is a long term and potentially costly commitment so please think long and hard before taking the plunge.

How to take care of your dog

Introducing cats and dogs

For more information visit Pet Care Advice & Tips | RSPCA 

Other animals

Pet Care Advice & Tips | RSPCA 

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