We would all like to think that we are the perfect pet parent, doing everything we can to make the little guys and gals happy.
That being said, cats can be tricky creatures, becoming sly, or shy when it comes to letting you know how they really feel. In addition, they have their own entire language that you may just not understand — which means you have to learn to speak their language in order to be able to fully take care of them. Cats and dogs are completely different creatures, although there are some things that they both need, the most important of which is love!
There are many things that you should never, ever do to your cat. Cats can easily get depressed and fearful of people if they are not treated in a certain way. All cats are quite unique and will need slightly different things. However, these 11 no-nos should never, ever be a part of caring for a cat, whether they’re young or old.
1. Never Subject Her To Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is renown to be bad for all beings, human and animal alike. Smoking around your pet may lead to serious long-term health problems, including cancer.
2. Deprive Your Cat Of The Outdoors
Even if your cat is an indoor cat, there are still many ways to expose her to nature. You can keep window shades drawn and the windows cracked just enough so she can see what’s going on outside as well as feel the breeze, but not enough to slip through. Also, hang bird and squirrel feeders near windows so that your cat can watch as the critters stop by.
3. Don’t Forget To Clean Her Water Dish
You can’t just replenish the water dish, or even dump out the old water and then replace it with new water — you have to actually scrub out the surface of the bowl well in order to get rid of that slimy layer that accumulates in just a day or two. Imagine drinking from a slimy water glass all the time!
4. Don’t Rely On Odor-Eliminating Kitty Litter
You can’t just ignore the fact that your cat is stepping in a pile of her own waste when she goes to do her business simply because you can’t smell what’s going on. Scoop the poop every single day, even multiple times a day, or else your cat will get depressed from having to step in her own feces all the time.