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Don't Make These 4 Cat Care Mistakes

Cats are friendly and lively pets who thrive when their dietary, environmental, and health, and welfare needs are met. We have a lot of advice for cat owners and regularly post health care suggestions. But today, we're going to focus on the top four cat care blunders that could result in your feline pet being named "Jerk of the Year" in the blink of an eye. So here’s what to avoid:
1. Punish or frighten your cat.  
Hitting, scaring, yelling at, or otherwise projecting a bad image of yourself on a cat is the quickest way to damage a connection. Simply put, punishment will not improve their behaviour except in one way: it will make them believe that you are an awful monster that they should avoid. Treats and praise are the finest ways to mould a cat's behaviour if you want to enjoy having one in your life. Why is this a health recommendation? Fearful cats are anxious, and stress contributes to many diseases in cats. Cats prefer quiet, predictable situations and humans who let them be cats. A relaxed, happy cat will be healthier, and that will make you happier.
2. Overfeed your cat.  
If you feel we sound like broken records when we talk about the weight of your cat, you're right. We're trying to explain that loving your cat with foods they don’t need, or more than they need is inadvertently shortening their lives. We see cats suffering from weight-related feline arthritis or diabetes on a regular basis. Allow us to help you find solutions in the battle of the bulge. You have the ability to keep your cat in good health, and armed with the right tools, it’s not as hard as you think.
3. Use products made for dogs (or horses, or any other species, including people) on your cat.  
I’ll go so far as to say that you should only use goods that are labelled for cats since cats are quite sensitive to a lot of things humans don't think about (and read the label carefully: That same product might not be OK for kittens). If you're unsure, consult your veterinarian; we know what's safe and what isn't for your cat.
4. Ignore your cat’s litter box.  
Nobody likes doing this necessary duty, but you ignore it at your peril — and your cat's. For obvious reasons, if you don't keep the litter box clean, your cat will be less likely to use it. Cleaning the litter box on a daily basis, on the other hand, ensures that you are aware of what your cat is up to, what is normal and what is not. Cleaning the litter box is one of the few methods to gather the evidence you need because cats are notoriously secretive when it comes to signs of disease or pain. So pay attention to the box: Keeping the box clean can keep you in the loop with your cat’s health.
These four "don'ts" aren't the only ones I can think of, but I believe that following them will give you the power to keep your cat as healthy as possible. Regular
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