Health and Wellness

Common Mistakes of New Cat Owners

Are you a new cat parent? Here are some of the most common mistakes new cat parents make after they bring home their first feline friend.

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First, many new cat owners are reluctant to take their cats to the vet. Perhaps it’s because many cats are not good travelers and get stressed out at the vet’s office. Or, because cats are so very good at hiding illness that new cat parents don’t even realize that something is wrong until it’s often too late. That said, cats should be seen by their vet at least once a year for a health checkup.

It is also a mistake that cat parents don’t properly budget for their cat’s medical expenses, or consider buying pet health insurance to prepare for what may come.

Next, it’s good to remind pet parents not to anthromorphize their cats. Cats are not humans, and they don’t share the same desires and needs that we have. What we may consider to be ‘lazy’ or ‘aloof’ is perfectly natural behavior for a cat!

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Finally, the most common mistake of all – problems with the litter box. Vets and behaviorists recommend one more litter box than you have cats. That means if you have 1 cat, you should have 2 boxes; If you have 2 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes, and so on. You should also be only using unscented litter and obviously cleaning the litter box frequently.

New cat parents will have a learning curve when it comes to raising their new furkid, but with a bit of guidance from the veterinarian (and sites like The Catington Post!), sharing a home with a cat will prove to be worth any challenges that arise.

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