12 Mistakes cat owners should strictly avoid

Though cats are really independent animals, they still need our help. The main thing to keep in mind is that they can’t tell us about their problems. But don’t worry: wise vets and owners have already figured out some rules on universal care that can make your cat’s life brighter and happier. I think you will like this post.

Buying a small bowl


A cat’s food bowl should be wide enough so that the cat’s whiskers don’t touch its walls. A bowl’s depth also matters: if a cat has to reach deeper to get to their food, it experiences discomfort. In the end, the cat will start carrying its food out of their bowl. Pay attention to the way your cat eats. Some open their mouths really wide to grab as much food as possible. For such cats, owners should buy very wide bowls. Otherwise, a cat could hurt its teeth.

Putting a food bowl right next to a water bowl

Cats prefer fresh, cold water. Wild cats always try to drink from rivers and streams which is why your cat’s water should always be clean. To keep it clean, don’t put it next to a bowl of food. Otherwise, food and fur particles can get in the water. Some pets drink from the toilet or a sink. It’s a sign that the water in their bowl is getting dirty too fast

Letting cats sleep on cable boxes

If a cat gets cold, it usually climbs on the cable box. Thanks to their tactile sensitivity, cats can stay near a heated object for a long period of time. But you shouldn’t let your pet do this, especially if you have a shorthair or hairless cat. Long-lasting contact with a heated object may result in the internal organs overheating. On top of that, obese cats are more prone to overheating than slimmer animals. If your cat gets cold, put a blanket on the cable box in advance.

Adopting kittens from home-based shelters


Be careful when it comes to home-based shelters. You have to look through as many real people’s reviews as possible. Some owners interbreed animals who are actually each other’s relatives. Kittens often look healthy on the outside, but as a rule, they suffer from different congenital genetic diseases. Such pets are usually offered at half-price. Also, keep in mind that sometimes owners are simply fooling their customers. For example, instead of Maine Coons, they sell ordinary big kittens with similar fur and tassels on their ears. So when you want to buy a pet, go to reliable breeders only.

Cutting a fluffy cat’s fur

Cutting fur is really stressful for a cat. Cut your cat’s fur only if it’s really needed like if your cat has hairballs or if you’re prepping them for surgery. To reduce shedding fur, it’s recommended to groom your cat. A cat with cut fur won’t be able to lie in the sun for a long time as there will be a risk of getting a sunburn. And even calm wind can make a cat feel freezing. Aggressive pets get their haircuts under general anesthesia, which is also harmful.

Ignoring night snoring

Constant snoring indicates that an animal is experiencing several problems with their respiratory system. There are some other signs such as sores on the nose, the open mouth, and an extended neck which means your cat can’t breathe well. In such cases, it’s recommended to take your pet to the vet.

Leaving the window open vertically when you go away


It’s recommended to choose a micro-ventilation mode. Vertically open windows are dangerous for cats, especially for those that don’t leave the house. Your cat may just try to get outside and become stuck in the window.

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