Cat people know what I am about to say, when you love cats, you offer them all of your attention and care, you keep them safe so that nothing ever happens to them because our love to our furry friends in infinite. But, sometimes, we can make some mistakes in their care routine, that is why we have listed some of them here so you can avoid them:
#1 Sticking only with dry food
Especially if your cat can’t handle having its food out all day without over-eating, you might want to consider dishing out wet food for mealtime. Wet food has better water content, which is better for the kidneys. Talk to your vet about how much and how often you should feed your pet according to breed, age, weight and so on.
#2 Cutting claws from an outdoor cat
Because of dangers such as other animals and cars, outdoor cats often live less than five years, compared to indoor cats, who live closer to 18 or 20 years. Help your outdoor cat protect itself by keeping its claws intact, because these are their “weapons”. If your pet ends up getting into a fight with another animal, it could get critically injured if it doesn’t have a way to scratch.
#3 Not doing regular check-ups
Even seemingly healthy cats should get a checkup at the vet at least once a year, so don’t let your cat’s fear of crates keep you from keeping up with its health. Your vet might notice kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, or other conditions that you might miss. You should also notify your vet if your cat is displaying signs of depression (read about them in our previous article). It is important to remember that all of these diseases may show zero or very subtle clinical signs until the disease has progressed significantly,
#4 Serving vegetables based food
Sorry, vegetarians, but you might need to put your personal beliefs on hold for your cat’s sake. Cats are true carnivores, and their systems aren’t designed to digest plant-based food. Vets recommend a grain-free, meat-based diet for cats so they can get the protein they need.
#5 Skipping vaccinations for indoor cats
Almost everywhere in the world it is required for pets to have rabies vaccines unless the vet says there’s a medical reason not to, and just because your cat never ventures outdoors doesn’t mean it’s safe from diseases like rabies or leukemia. Your cat might make a dash outside. For your sake and your pet’s, follow your vet’s vaccination advice.
#6 Ignoring your cat’s health issues
Chronic vomiting is one of the most-ignored cat health symptoms. A throw-up problem could be a sign of anything from treatable hairballs or food intolerance to heart disease or kidney failure, she says. If the vomiting is consistent, bring your kitty to the vet for a diagnosis.
#7 Your cat eating plants
Those lilies might look beautiful on your coffee table, but they won’t be so pretty if your cat eats them. Pet Associations and vets list hundreds of plants that are toxic to cats, and bringing them into the house could be a danger to nibbling kitties. If you’re going to buy a plant, check to make sure it isn’t toxic, also because they can’t digest most plants.
#8 Ignoring behavioral changes
Even vomiting might seem obvious compared to some of the other subtle health symptoms your cat could display. Pay attention if your pet seems to be hiding or whining more, or if its appetite has changed. If your cat is behaving in any way that’s out of the ordinary for him or her, that’s a sign you should let your veterinarian know. The vet can do blood work to make sure its organs are all functioning properly so that you can catch the problem before it spirals out of control.
#9 Leaving food out
There’s one main drive, says Virginia-based veterinarian Katy Nelson, DVM: leaving a bowl of food out all day. Leaving the food bowl out all day is tempting your cat to eat constantly, sometimes maybe out of boredom and especially if your kibble brand is high in carbs, your cat will be tempted to overeat.
#10 Preparing an unbalanced meal for your cat
If you want to know exactly what’s going into your cat’s body, think twice before prepping its food yourself. Home-cooked meals often don’t offer your cat all the nutrients it needs, so use dedicated websites or magazines for recipes you can feel good feeding your pet.