Felines may not require quite as much attention as their canine counterparts, but they do need similar levels of care and affection in order to lead happy, healthy lives.

Whether that means ensuring we stick to a regular routine when putting down the cat food or making certain they have a way to get in and out of the house with ease, there are plenty of things to consider when building the ideal home for our furry friends.

Indeed, while felines tend to be independent, there is still plenty we can do to make them feel happy and secure, and the RSPCA lists five welfare needs that we should take into account when caring for our moggies - diet, behaviour, environment, company and health and welfare.

First off it's important to take steps to give our cats the opportunity to behave naturally and instinctively as they would in the wild, and by remembering that felines love to play we can provide them with a few resources to keep them sharp and active.

From scratching posts to toys, there are all sorts of products available that can help felines get plenty of exercise while at the same time giving their claws a workout - something that can be particularly important if they like to spend a lot of time indoors.

Another thing to consider is the health and welfare of our moggies, and it's always sensible to speak to your vet if you're unsure how to keep your cat fit and strong.

Routine checks are essential in picking up any medical conditions that your cat may be suffering from, while it's also important to keep an eye for signs of poisoning - such as vomiting and diarrhoea - in case they've eaten something they shouldn't.

By paying our felines enough attention and caring for them appropriately, we can ensure they live happy and healthy lives as part of the family.

Written by: Hannah