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Common Mistakes New Cat Owners Make Part 2

Are you really ready to own a cat?

If you have had a chance to read our last blog, then you already know that owning a cat is a big responsibility, not only with your time, but with your money as well. Our veterinary clinic in North Bellmore also went over a few of the most common mistakes new cat owners make. Continue reading to learn about more common mistakes:

#4. Buying cheap, unhealthy cat food.

It is tempting to save a few bucks here and there by purchasing cheap cat food. However, cats are carnivores, and they need a high-quality meat source of protein to stay healthy and happy. Cheap cat food usually contains lots of low-quality proteins and grain fillers, like corn. While you may save more now on cheaper food, keep in mind that you are likely to lose those savings on future vet bills if you continue to feed your cat poor quality food.

#5. Putting off the cat’s litter box maintenance. 

Your cat’s litter box needs to be regularly and scrupulously cleaned. Not only does proper litter box maintenance keep your home from stinking, it also prevents your cat from developing litter box avoidance issues.

#6. Failing to understand that a cat is a cat. 

Cats are unlike dogs, kids, bunnies or hamsters. They have their own unique needs, instincts and behaviors. Before you adopt a cat, you need to understand the unique challenges of owning a cat. For instance, cats instinctively sharpen their claws on things, hide in tight places and seek high places. These kinds of things aren’t meant to be disobedient or stubborn, they are just natural things that cats do!

 

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