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Cat Care Mistakes

January 15, 2023

Kitties are very fun and lovable little pets. While Fluffy is known for being very easy to care for, she isn’t quite as independent as she likes to think. A local Middletown, DE vet lists some of the most common cat care mistakes in this article.

Letting Fluffy Roam

Kitties are quite curious, and often love exploring the outdoors. However, Fluffy faces some very serious threats if she is allowed outside, such as cars, weather, traffic, and wild animals.

Not Spaying/Neutering

Did you know that cats can get pregnant at just 4 months old? Getting Fluffy fixed won’t just prevent unwanted litters: it will also protect your furry pal from certain health issues, such as breast cancer.

Waiting For Veterinary Care

Cats can be quite mysterious. This is usually cute, but it becomes very critical when they’re sick. Fluffy often tries to hide signs of illness. This is an instinctive behavior that many animals exhibit, as showing weakness can attract predators. Unfortunately, that means that your feline friend could be very sick before you notice anything wrong. If something seems off, don’t wait and see if it resolves: call your vet immediately. 

Crowding

Do you have more than one kitty? Make sure they don’t have to compete for resources, such as litterboxes and toys.

Lack Of Stimulation

We know, cats like to spend their time doing as little as possible. However, even the laziest furball can get bored. Kitties need entertainment and enrichment to thrive! (Toys and playtime will go a long way here.)

Punishment

It’s a huge understatement to say that cats don’t think the same way we do. One area where this becomes very important is training and discipline. Never punish Fluffy for doing something wrong. This may just make her wary of you! Positive reinforcement is always best.

Overfeeding

Did you know that nearly 60 percent of our feline pals are overweight? Chubby kitties are undeniably adorable, but they’re also at elevated risk of some very serious health issues, such as heart disease. Keep Fluffy at (or at least near) her ideal weight.

Isolation

As much as we laugh about how cats are cold and aloof, they are actually very emotional, and they need love to thrive. Pay attention to your little buddy! 

Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Reach out to us, your Middletown, DE vet clinic, anytime!

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