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More Mistakes New Cat Owners Shouldn't Make

These are some more mistakes new cat owners shouldn't make:

Allowing a Cat to Roam Free Outdoors

Many people believe cats are happier being free, breathing fresh air, and basking in the sunshine of an outdoor life, while many others can assure you that cats can be very happy and healthy living totally indoors. The outdoors offers dangers not found inside and that cannot be denied. Fortunately, there are many compromises that will give you and your cat the best of both worlds, while keeping him or her safe and happy.

Poor Litter Box Maintenance

Cats will always use their litter box, as long as it's kept very clean, and the litter is not scented or unpleasant to the cats' feet. Carefully maintaining your cat's litter box will almost always guarantee you that you will not be faced with litter box avoidance problems.

However, if your cat suddenly starts urinating outside the box despite your careful maintenance, you should immediately have it checked for a urinary tract problem with your veterinarian.

A Cat is Not Property

When you join the ranks of cat lovers, you'll find that we refer to our cats as family members, rather than "pets." While cats may legally be considered "property" in some jurisdictions, the term ends there. If you haven't figured out the distinction by now, your new cat will let you know in no uncertain terms. In fact, many cat lovers describe themselves as being owned by their cats!

Ignoring Them

We always hear that cats are independent and should just be left alone. You will soon find out that they are very loving creatures that long for their human's company. They will follow you around like a puppy, and will want to play with you. Play with them to keep them sharp and interested. The more toys they have the better, and you don't have to spend a fortune. You'll find how to make cheap toys in later articles.

Not Allowing a Cat to Be a Cat

Cats' unique ways make them the endearing creatures they are. Some of their traits, however, may cause frustration because we don't understand their needs. Cats instinctively seek out high places and sharpen their claws because they are cats, not because they are stubborn and disobedient. Our job is to accommodate those needs in acceptable ways.

Forcing Your Love on Them

They are so cute! You just want to eat them up, hug them and squeeze them. But this is the fastest way to annoy them and make it harder to bond with them in the long run. Although many cats are all for it, many others are not quite as eager to be hugged. Take your cues from them, they will let you know what they like, never doubt that.

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