Biggest Mistakes by Cat Owners and Tips for Keeping your
Cat living a long and happy life.
first cat is a huge step, not to be taken lightly. Although
cats have a reputation for taking care of themselves, that
fact does not equal "no care is necessary." Before rushing
in to buy or adopting a new cat or kitten, take the time to
do your homework, so you can avoid these common mistakes
made first by new cat owners. Forewarned, you will also be
able to avoid mistakes made by experienced cat owners. The
result will be a happier and healthier cat and a long-term
companionship with another living being, the like of which
you never dreamed.
Adopting in Haste
"impulse-buy" a new purse or a new t-shirt, you can almost
always return it if it turns out to be the wrong color or
the fit isn't right. No harm, no foul; the purse certainly
doesn't suffer from its rejection. But adopting a living,
sentient creature such as a cat and kitten, to become a
family member, is entirely a different matter. Adopting a
new cat should be for keeps, so consider carefully before
you make that decision.
Ignorance of the
Costs of Responsible Cat Care
Adopting a cat
can almost be compared with adopting a child. No responsible
adoption agency would release a precious child to someone
who was not financially prepared to give him or her the best
possible care. While some shelters and cat adoption groups
make no such investigation, you owe it to your cat to take
care of his basic needs, as well as being prepared for
Failure to Spay
or Neuter a New Cat
Every day I read
pleas for help from people who failed to spay or neuter
their cats: male cats spraying every available surface of
the house or escaping outdoors to fight other male cats;
female cats who keep the household awake with their loud
yowling during estrus; and worse yet, "surprise" litters of
unwanted kittens. The overwhelming cat population problem
society faces is reason alone to spay and neuter. Add the
medical problems averted by S/N and there is no reason
not to do so.
Although cats may
quickly recover from minor illnesses, they can just as
quickly die if an emergency isn't recognized. Cats need
certain vaccinations, they need annual examinations,
and they definitely need and deserve immediate veterinary
care when they become sick or injured. Don't delay in
finding and choosing (and using) a good veterinarian in your
False Economy in
Cat Food Choices
Money saved by
buying cheap cat food will be spent hundreds of times over
on veterinary care. Cats are obligate carnivores, and need a
good source of meat protein. They do not need large amounts
of grain fillers, especially corn, which is a cheap source
of protein used by many cat food manufacturers. Learn how
to choose cat food and select the best brands you can
afford. You'll find your cat may eat less of the high
quality food because they don't have to gorge to get the
nutrients they need.
All the Facts
Many an innocent
new cat owner has been led down the declaw path when a
veterinarian asks, "Do you want your kitten declawed when we
spay her?" Some veterinarians consider declawing a "routine"
surgery, while cat advocates consider it cruel, inhumane,
and unnecessary in almost every case. Learn the facts so
that you can make an informed decision.
Allowing a Cat to
Roam Free Outdoors
believe cats deserve the freedom, fresh air, and
sunshine of an outdoor life, while many others can offer
proof that cats can be very happy and healthy living totally
indoors. That the outdoors offers dangers not found inside
simply cannot be debated. Fortunately, there are a number of
compromises that will give you and your cat the best of both
worlds, while keeping him safe and happy.
consistently use a litter box, if it is kept scrupulously
clean, and if the litter is not scented or unpleasant to the
cats' feet. Carefully maintaining your cat's litter box will
almost guarantee you that you will not be faced with litter
box avoidance problems.
If your cat suddenly starts urinating outside the box
despite your careful maintenance, you should immediately
suspect a urinary tract problem, which is a veterinary
Please try to follow these important tips, and you'll keep your
healthy, happy and forever young.... and ready for pet
travel and transport at any time.
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