Three Common Cat Care Mistakes

by VetDepot on June 13, 2014

cat up close blogWe all want what’s best for our pets. Unfortunately, owners sometimes do things with good intentions that actually end up causing harm. Below are three common cat care mistakes:

1.) Letting your cat roam outdoors: Some people believe that cats are meant to have their freedom. While this subject certainly up for debate, it’s important for cat owners to know that the lives of outside cats are typically significantly shorter than the lives of indoor cats. Cars, coyote attacks, dog attacks, and poisonings are all serious threats in the outside world. Instead, consider mimicking an outdoor space indoors with cats trees and toys.

2.) Overfeeding your cat: You may think you’re making your cat happy by giving out a few extra treats, but feline obesity is a serious problem that can lead to a variety of health issues including arthritis and diabetes. A healthy weight is important for your cat’s overall health and happiness.

3.) Using products meant for other species on your cat: Common human medications, like Tylenol and aspirin, can be lethal for your cat. Flea control products that are labeled for dogs are also extremely dangerous for cats. If in doubt, always check with your veterinarian to see if a product is safe for feline use.

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Jordan Walker June 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Great article!
I agree that these are common cat care mistakes. We all know that cats have their freedom but it does not mean that we need to let them go outside and roam around since there are dangers out there.
Overfeeding your cat is also a mistake. That’s why I always tell my mum to only give enough food for her cat. I also remind her that using human products for her cat is big NO.

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Yvette June 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

I do think #2 & #3 are great advice, I expecially agree with #2. I really don’t like seeing an obese animal. More is not better when it comes to feeding or giving treats to you dog or cat. Free feeding leads to obesity also.
#1 may be true in many instances but we have had many cats who have had the freedom to go in or out due to the dog door. So far, except for one, have all had long lives. We do live in a rural area and many cats have the same type life. Maybe it’s just the fact that most of them have been very leery of the road.

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Uncommon Sensesc June 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

I completely agree with keeping your kitties inside! 3 of my inside cats used to be outside cats until about 3 months ago. They’ll go outside for about 2 or 3 hours each afternoon but then they’re ready to head inside. And while they’re out, I check to see where they are – I look out the doors and windows to make sure they don’t go far. They’re 2 years old and around 10 years old (the momma) but I worry about them like they’re kittens. I’ve got 1 inside cat who wants to be outside so bad but I won’t let her go. My husband keeps saying to let her out and see how she does but I think the right thing to do is to put him outside, lock the door and go to bed! I’ve got 2 other outside kitties that I’m trying to get tame enough for them to come in (that would be 8 total inside!) but they’re still very skittish – I’m working on them though!

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Tracy June 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I am surprised that milk is not on here. Kitties are lactose intolerant.

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K. Thomas June 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

Agree with 2 and 3. #1 is certainly up for debate. I live on a farm and inside/outside cats are a way of life. They may live longer inside but are you comparing those numbers to outdoor feral cats that have no access to vet care. My inside/outside cats have access to vet care and have lived long and healthy lives. i also feel longevity of life does not equate to happiness. I would rather my cat live a moderately long happy life indoor/outdoor than an very long unhappy cooped up life inside. That being said,I would not let my cat outdoors if I lived in the city/suburbs. Responsible owners are the only judge of what is right or wrong for their cat.

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