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Common Cat Care Mistakes

Have you recently adopted a kitty? Fluffy is a wonderful pet: she’s clean, cuddly, playful, and highly entertaining. She’s also very easy to care for. However, cats aren’t quite as self-sufficient as they seem to think. It’s also easy for people to misunderstand kitties’ needs and behaviors. A Columbia, MD vet lists some common cat care mistakes below.

Punishment

Kitties are very cute and playful, but they aren’t purrfect. Sooner or later, Fluffy will get herself into some shenanigans. However, some of the things often seen as bad petiquette are actually just natural behaviors. For example, cats scratch to keep their claws sharp, which is crucial to their survival in the wild. Don’t reprimand your furry pal for following her instincts. Focus on rewarding good behavior.

Lack Of Veterinary Care

Kitties are quite hardy by nature, but they are by no means as invincible as they think. Fluffy can be afflicted by illness or injury, as well as parasites. Keeping up with your feline pal’s veterinary care is very important! It’s also important to realize that cats often try to mask signs of sickness. Your furry friend could be very sick by the time you notice anything amiss. If you notice anything off, contact your vet right away.

Letting Fluffy Roam 

Your frisky pet  may love the Great Outdoors, but she’s really much better off staying inside. Our feline friends are vulnerable to many different dangers, such as traffic, predators, weather, and chemicals. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors!

Keeping Fluffy Intact

We strongly recommend getting your furry buddy fixed. The main reason for this, of course, is that it helps fight pet overpopulation. However, Fluffy will also be calmer and better behaved afterward. She’ll also be healthier, as she’ll have reduced–or in some cases, eliminated–risks of developing specific health conditions, such as certain cancers. 

Boredom

It may seem like Fluffy’s main goal in life is to do as little as possible, but even the laziest cat can’t sleep all the time. You’ll need to provide your feline buddy with some ways to amuse herself when she actually is awake. Offer her lots of toys, and give her things like boxes to explore. Your pet will also appreciate a good window seat, preferably one with an interesting view.  

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today! 

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