Kitties are known for being very easy to care for. You won’t have to walk or bathe Fluffy, nor will you have to worry about training her. (Actually, cats usually train their humans, but that’s beside the point.) Our feline pals aren’t completely independent, however. They actually need quite a bit of TLC to stay happy, healthy, and purring. A Webster, NY vet lists some common cat care mistakes below.
Letting Fluffy Roam
Many cats love fun outdoor activities, like chasing butterflies and leaving paw prints on freshly-washed cars. However, your pet will be much safer and healthier indoors, where she is protected from hazards such as cars, predators, and weather.
Not Enough Veterinary Care
We strongly recommend that all cats be fixed and microchipped. Once that is done, you’ll need to keep up with your pet’s exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Generally, cats should come in at least once a year. Senior cats, kitties with health issues, and cats that go outdoors may need more frequent appointments. Also, keep an eye out for signs of illness. If you notice anything amiss with Fluffy, contact your vet right away.
Lack Of Entertainment
Although Fluffy may spend a rather ridiculous amount of time snoozing, she can’t sleep all the time. Your feline buddy will become restless and bored with nothing to do but stare at the walls, so make sure she has plenty of entertainment options. Offer her toys to play with, and give her things like boxes and paper bags to explore.
Bad Litterbox Setup
Dirty litterboxes are one of the most common kitty care issues. Not only are they both smelly and unsightly, they also harbor nasty germs. Another issue is overcrowding. If you have more than one furball, you need more than one litterbox.
Cats aren’t purrfect: in fact, they have some habits many of us could do without, such as scratching. However, punishing Fluffy will only make her anxious, angry, and/or scared. Ask your vet for advice on handling problematic behavior.
While cats can get along with each other and/or with other animals, Fluffy doesn’t always enjoy having roommates. Kitties can bully or be bullied by other pets. If you have a pet, think carefully before adopting more animals.
Please reach out to us, your Webster, NY vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.