Did you know that as many as 35 percent of Canadian households have kitties? Fluffy certainly has many wonderful qualities that have made her such a popular pet. She’s not only super cute and cuddly, she’s also very clean and easy to care for. However, although our feline friends have a reputation for being independent, they do need good care in order to thrive. Read on as a local Springdale, ON vet lists some common cat care mistakes.
Lack of Veterinary Care
Most cats should be examined at least once a year, though some kitties will need more frequent visits. We strongly recommend that all of our feline patients be microchipped and spayed or neutered. It’s also important to keep up with Fluffy’s vaccinations and parasite control. At home, watch for signs of sickness. Some of the common ones are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, litterbox issues, and changes in behavior or vocalization. Ask your vet for specific advice.
We know, Fluffy isn’t always purrfect. Your cute little buddy may claw your sofa, leave fur on your clothes, or even pounce on your toes. However, you should never punish your feline pal for her transgressions. Most of your furball’s behavior is based on instinct, so there’s a good chance that your kitty won’t understand that she did something wrong. Instead, focus on teaching Fluffy proper petiquette by rewarding her with praise, treats, and toys for being good.
Letting Fluffy Roam
Kitties are very curious little furballs, and they really love to explore. However, even if Fluffy enjoys sniffing around your flowerbeds, she’ll be better off staying indoors, where she will be safe from cars, predators, and other dangers. Cats that are allowed outdoors have much higher risks of getting lost, hurt, or even killed. They are also more likely to pick up parasites.
Lack of Entertainment
Cats are clearly very, very good at doing as little as possible. Your furball may be purrfectly happy to spend her day snoozing. However, kitties can and do get bored without enough stimulation. Fluffy will become unhappy and restless with nothing to do! Make sure your kitty has plenty of fun toys and kitty furniture, and offer her at least one comfy napping spot with a good window view.
Please contact us, your Springdale, ON animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!