Getting a cat is a big step and there are some mistakes new cat owners shouldn't make. Cats have a reputation for taking care of themselves, but that doesn't mean they don't need any care. Before deciding to adopt that beautiful kitten, take the time to do some homework, thus avoiding these common mistakes made by new cat owners. That way you will have a happier and healthier cat and a long-term companionship with another living being, the like of which you never dreamed.
Adopting in a Rush
If you feel the impulse to buy a new shirt, or a new pair of shoes, you can always return it if it doesn't fit right or if it's the wrong color. But adopting a living creature like a cat or kitten, that will become a family member, is a different matter.
Adopting a new cat should be for keeps, so consider carefully before you make that decision.
You need to know that it's going to cost money to support it. You have to get toys, food, litter boxes, veterinary visits, etc. You owe it to your new cat to take care of his basic needs, as well as being prepared for emergencies.
Not Spay or Neuter a New Cat
People who failed to spay or neuter their cats always complain of male cats spraying every available surface of the house or escaping outdoors to fight other male cats; female cats who keep the whole family awake with their loud yowling during estrus; and worse yet, "surprise" litters of unwanted kittens. Society faces an overwhelming cat population problem and that is reason enough to spay and neuter. Spaying or neutering your cat will also have many health advantages, so you have no reason not to do it.
Not Giving Needed Veterinary Treatment
Cats may quickly recover from minor illnesses, but they can also die if an emergency isn't recognized. Cats need vaccinations, annual examinations, and they definitely need and deserve immediate veterinary care when they become sick or injured.
First Thing to do is choosing a good veterinarian.
Wrong Cat Food Choices
You might save some money by buying cheap cat food, but then you'll have to spend much more on veterinary care. Cats are 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. Your cat might eat less of the high quality food because they don't have to gorge to get the nutrients they need.
Declawing Without All the Facts
Many innocent new cat owners have been convinced to declaw when a veterinarian asks: "Do you want your kitten declawed when we spay her?" Some veterinarians consider declawing a "routine" surgery, but cat advocates consider it cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary in almost every case and I totally agree. Learn the facts so that you can make an informed decision.
Check my article: More Mistakes New Cat Owners Shouldn't Make for more tips.
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