4 Common Cat Care Mistakes

Kitties are very popular pets, and with very good reason. Fluffy is not only cute, charismatic, and cuddly, she’s also easy to care for. Your furry pal will groom herself daily, and will discretely use her own private powder room to see to her needs. However, even though cats are quite independent, they do still need proper care to thrive. Read on as a Colorado Springs, CO vet lists some common cat care mistakes.

Lack of Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial to your pet’s health! Many of our feline patients don’t see us as often as they should. We strongly recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept up to date with their vaccinations and parasite control. Regular exams are also important, as they greatly increase the chances of any issues being caught—and therefore treated—early. At home, watch for signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, unusual behavior, vomiting, and litterbox issues. Since cats often don’t show symptoms until they are very sick, be sure to address any potential health problems right away.

Not Enough Stimulation

It’s no secret that cats are quite sleepy. Fluffy can snooze up to 20 hours a day! However, she will still need something to do when she is actually awake. Offer your kitty plenty of toys to smack under the couch, and play with her every day. Your furball will also enjoy a comfy window seat with a good view.

Overfeeding

Some kitties have their owners firmly wrapped around their cute little paws, especially when it comes to food. However, if you let Fluffy convince you to overfeed her, you could wind up with a pudgy pet. While chubby cats are undeniably cute, they are unfortunately also at great risk of developing some very dangerous health problems. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including portion sizes and suitable snacks, and let professional advice—not your kitty’s innocent meows—dictate Fluffy’s menu.

Safety Concerns

We strongly recommend that cats live indoors: outdoor kitties face some very serious hazards, such as predators, cars, and weather. It’s also a good idea to do some kittyproofing, and make sure your home is safe for your furry friend. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

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