The first time you do anything you are likely to make mistakes, and this is no different for first time cat owners. If you adopted your cat on an impulse, this was your first mistake, but one that you will unlikely regret if you are a cat, lover. Here are three other common mistakes that new cat owners make.
New and first-time cat owners often don’t take preventive measures to control parasites that can harm your cat and you. Fleas are the most common pests, but other parasites such as mites, hookworms, tapeworms, ticks, and roundworms can cause harm to your cat and you. Talk to a vet before bringing your cat home and learn what you can do to control parasites.
A big mistake that new cat owners make is that they fail to spay or neuter their cat. Kittens are adorable, but you don’t want to have to take care of an entire bundle of them. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, all it takes is a one-time encounter with another cat, and nine weeks later you could be looking at a bundle of kittens. Get your cat fixed.
Not every cat is born with the instinct to use a litter box, and if you’ve adopted a stray or feral cat, it may not even be familiar with one. Observe your cat’s behavior around the litter box because some cats avoid the litter box for health and medical reasons, and others avoid it because they are unfamiliar with the concept. Talk to your vet about your observations.
Naperville Animal Hospital provides comprehensive medical and lifestyle care for animals in Naperville, Illinois. One of the programs they run is providing tips and training for new cat owners.