Are you determined to adopt a cat? do you already live with one but think you are making some mistakes?
Cats are a very affectionate and funny animals that can bring you much happiness if you know how to take care of them properly. Although cats are relatively easy to care for, it is important to know what the typical mistakes are when caring for a cat to avoid unwanted behaviour.
We will explain the top 7 mistakes cat owners make. Unlike dogs, cats in the wild are solitary hunters but they form social groups with definite hierarchy, they are generally more independent than dogs. There are however some cat breeds that are more submissive and affectionate than some dogs but if you were looking for an extremely faithful animal companion that shows unconditional love and obedience, the cat is not the right choice. In that case, it is better to adopt a dog to avoid disappointments and frustration. It is only when cats actually seek human companionship and affection that they want attention. Cats are harder to train than dogs. Creating a bond with your pet is fundamental and this is why it’s important for the cat to say their human as something positive and associate your presence with good stimuli.
To educate a cat, it’s necessary to gain their trust first. Playing regularly with the cat and correcting them when they have done something wrong with clear orders without using violence is essential. One of the most common mistakes is to adopt a kitten shortly after birth, the ideal time is once weaning has occured which should occur naturally never before they reach one month of life; even if they receive all the necessary care and proper nutrition, it’s always better for the little kitten to be with their mother through out the lactation period. With the mother and the cat siblings, socialization begins and the cat begins to learn all the typical behaviors of their species.
Another common mistake when caring for a cat is not to provide them with bat attention by thinking that’s as they don’t leave the house they can’t catch any diseases or have parasites. The risks of a cat that lives in the house are not the same as with cats that have access to the outside and this is why there are Protocols of specific vaccines for each one of the situations. Consult with a vet and define a vaccine schedule that’s ideal for your pet’s characteristics and lifestyle.
Regarding deworming, it is recommended to deworm internally every 3 months and apply a monthly Anti flea product mainly in the summer months. Breeding season for cats can bring some behaviours that may seem uncomfortable for humans.
In addition to some dangers to a kitten’s health. It’s in spring and summer that cats are in heat for about a week and this period many males try to escape when they perceive that there is a female cat in heat nearby and they can even be aggressive with other males.
Castration decreases that behaviour and its associated risks. Cats that have outdoor access must be sterilized otherwise it is very likely that in the short time they will have numerous and most likely unwanted Offspring.
In general, there are not many mistakes made in relation to a cat’s feeding but one of them is not using a specific product to avoid the formation of hairballs in these animals stomach. Cats are a very clean animals which are groomed regularly and can ingest large amounts of hair so they can form hairballs which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Fortunately there are products made from malts available in Veterinary centers and specialised stores. It’s a very useful tool to prevent this problem.
There are even specific fees to avoid problems caused by hair balls.
Another big mistake some cat owners make is not controlling their weight mainly in sterilised animals.
Castrated cats have a tendency to gain more weight due to hormonal issues so it is recommended to provide them with a low calorie diet. However even if they are fed light food, you must give the cat the amount recommended by your vet. If your cat is taking low calorie feed but are still eating uncontrollably they will keep putting on weight.
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