Things You Should Never Do to Your Cat

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Ignore Regular Vet Visits

Just because your cat seems healthy doesn’t mean they are. Regular vet visits are crucial for early detection of health issues like dental disease, obesity, and kidney problems.

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Feed an Inappropriate Diet

Not all cat foods are created equal. Your cat needs a balanced diet rich in protein and low in carbs. Grain-heavy foods can lead to obesity and health issues like diabetes.

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Force Physical Affection

We love to cuddle our cats, but not all cats enjoy being picked up or petted excessively. Forcing physical affection on your feline can lead to anxiety and behavioral issues. Every cat has a different comfort level, and respecting that boundary is key to maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Use Punishment-Based Training

Punishing your cat, whether by yelling, spraying water, or hitting, will only create fear and stress. Cats don’t understand punishment like dogs do; they’re more likely to associate the negative behavior with you rather than their action.

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Neglect Grooming Needs

While cats are excellent self-groomers, some still need our help to stay clean and comfortable. Long-haired breeds, like Persians and Maine Coons, are prone to matting, while short-haired breeds may suffer from shedding and hairballs.

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Leave Them Alone for Too Long

Cats might seem independent, but they’re social creatures who thrive on companionship. Leaving them alone for extended periods can lead to loneliness and behavioral problems like excessive meowing or destructive scratching

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Declaw or Debark

Declawing a cat involves removing the last bone of each toe, akin to amputating a human finger at the last joint. It’s painful and unnecessary, often leading to lifelong behavioral issues and complications.

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Expose Them to Toxic Substances

Many household items, like cleaning products and certain plants, can be harmful to your cat. Lilies, for example, are extremely toxic and can cause kidney failure.

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Ignore Signs of Stress

Cats can get stressed just like humans, whether it’s due to a new pet, a house move, or changes in routine. Common stress indicators include excessive grooming, hiding, loss of appetite, and aggression.

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Overfeed Them Treats

Treats are great for positive reinforcement, but too many can lead to obesity and nutritional imbalances. Some cat treats are high in calories and contain fillers that don’t contribute to your cat’s health.

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Forget Mental Stimulation

Boredom can lead to destructive behavior and weight gain in cats. Without adequate mental stimulation, they might become lethargic or start exhibiting neurotic behaviors like excessive grooming or chewing

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