So, you are thinking about adopting a new cat into your family. While this is a big step, it is a decision that should be given careful thought. Before you rush out and adopt the first cute kitty you see, take a moment to read over a few of the most common mistakes that new cat owners make. Hopefully, you can learn from them and avoid them with your kitty!
Most Common Mistakes New Cat Owners Make
Choosing a cat because they are cute
Choosing a cat based on adorableness alone is a huge mistake. You need to also consider a cat’s temperament and choose one that closely resembles yours. For instance, if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to keeping up with your cat’s fur, you want to choose a cat breed that doesn’t require a ton of grooming, like an American Shorthair, Burmese or Siamese instead of one that needs lots of grooming like a Burman, Russian Blue or Scottish Fold.
Overfeeding your cat
Cats seem to be constantly hungry and they will annoy you in order for them to be fed. However, feline obesity is a problem that continues to grow. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention states that in 2016, there were 50.5 million cats in the U.S. that were considered overweight. Cats that are obese can develop conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Not changing the litter box regularly
No one likes changing a cat’s litter box, but it is one of the most important elements of being a cat owner. Cats are very clean animals, so it is important to clean out their box daily. If you miss a day here and there (things happen), life will probably go on. Miss too many days in a row and your cat might just decide to find a “better” place to go. Trust me, it won’t be a better place for you! Nothing beats the smell of soaked in cat urine!
Not having your cat spayed or neutered
Have you ever heard of kitten season? Kitten season starts in the latter part of spring and heads into summer and early fall. It is the time of year that cats give birth to their kittens, leading to animal shelters and rescue groups to be bombarded with abandoned kittens.
Not taking your cat to the veterinarian
Many new cat owners think that their cat doesn’t need to go to the vet’s office because they are indoor cats or they aren’t sick. All cats need to have a yearly checkup to ensure they stay healthy. Even if you plan to keep your cat indoors for his entire life, he’ll still need certain vaccines, too.
Did you make any of these common mistakes as a new cat owner? Can you think of any others to add? Share below!