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5 Common Mistakes Cat Owners Make

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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What are the most common mistakes that cat owners make with their cats? We interviewed several veterinarians to discuss this topic and came up with a list of 5 items.

Here are five mistakes many cat owners make:

1. Not have yearly examination done on their cats. Yearly exams are important and can find health problems early when many are more treatable.

2. Don't keep a current ID tag or microchip on their cat. Many cats don't have a current ID tag or microchip. Dog owners do a way better job at keeping their dog identified. However, even indoor cats occasionally get out. This is the most vulnerable of cats. An ID tag or microchip is the BEST way a lost cat can be returned to you. At the clinics – we often see cats brought in without a tag or microchip that end off going off to Rabies Control or the Humane Society. Without Identification, many of these cats are never reunited with their owners.

3. Skimping on nutrition. A good quality food is important to cats. Skimping on nutrition can be a problem. Cats need a high quality balanced diet that is formulated to meet their life-stage needs.

4. Many cat owners don't pay attention to toxins and medications around their household that cats can get into. Maybe it comes down to cat-proofing your home to ensure your cat can't get into common toxins such as rat poison, antifreeze, medications (cat and human) or the trash. Cats are especially fond of tread and other liner objects such as yarn and ribbon. Keep those items picked up and out of the reach of your cat.

5. Lastly, some cat owners don't monitor their cats. It is important to monitor cats on a daily basis. Cats are so good at hiding their illnesses that often by the time we notice – the disease may be quite advanced. For this reason – it is important to look for early signs of problems. Monitor your cat's urinations, defecations, attitude and appetite every day. Don't just keep dry food down and not be sure if your cat is eating – offer a little canned twice a day to ensure he is eager to eat.

Whatever you do, keep your cat safe. Ensure he has a good collar with an ID tag. Also, feed a good quality cat food, check that he is eating well and keep your home "cat-proof".


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