I’ll never forget when I first adopted Max, my now full-grown cat when he was just a kitten.
We did everything together.
We played together.
We walked together (yes I taught Max how to walk on a cat leash!)
We ran together.
We cuddled together on the couch to watch TV.
I fed him treats whenever she did something good or just because I felt like it.
We were and still are inseparable.
I attribute that to the growing pains I went through with him as an owner and the techniques I used to get my cat to trust me.
The growing pains were good, bad, crazy, and everything else mixed in between.
And you know what? I don’t regret any of it one bit.
The many successes I had in raising Max came on the heels of many mistakes.
And that’s what I want to get into today.
I want to talk about 7 mistakes that most cat owners make so that you can avoid making the same mistakes I made and help make the cat-raising process a fun and enjoyable one.
So without further ado, let’s get into it.
7 Mistakes Most Cat Owners Make
Thinking that your cat is the same as a dog.
Cats and dogs couldn’t be any more different even if they tried.
Cats are more independent and solitary animals are. They can be left alone and prefer to wander off on their own if need be, but dogs?
Not so much.
Dogs need more love and attention from their owners than cats do.
While there are some similarities between them such as their ability to socialize with each other, understanding that cats and dogs are worlds apart will help make the cat-raising process much easier.
Max is one independent feline and the sooner I learned that the better off I ended up being.
Neglecting their training.
Cats are harder to train than dogs so they’re going to need all of the schooling they can get from you as an owner.
Cats that haven’t been trained or are in the process of being trained need to be constantly exposed to their owner so that they will learn as much as possible.
With dogs, a few simple commands with a little love and affection is more than enough to win them over. With cats, you have to gain their trust if you want to be able to train them properly and gaining their trust is the key to having a successfully educated feline.
Once I was able to gain Max’s trust, it was generally smooth-sailing from there.
Adopting a cat when it is too young.
This definitely applies to mine and Max’s situation as I adopted him shortly after he was born.
Cats should never be adopted before they reach one month of life as they need to be with their mothers until at least after the weaning period ends and they are mature enough to learn all the behaviors associated with their species.
If I had known this earlier, the cat-raising process would have been much easier.
Not vaccinating or deworming the cat.
Just like humans need to go to doctors to make sure they’re in good health, cats also need to go to doctors to make sure they’re in good health.
Max is a typical house cat so initially I didn’t think that I needed to go to the veterinarian to get him checked up, but then he got sick.
He had gradually developed worms that need to be eradicated from his insides. This was a huge scare for me because it could have been much worse.
Don’t wait to vaccinate or deworm your cat. Your cat’s health should be a top priority.
Not getting your cat spayed or neutered.
Cats like to mate. They will find whatever mate they can find and procreate if possible, but if you don’t control them, they will procreate as much as possible.
Male cats will need to be neutered and female cats will need to be spayed if they are in heat.
I got Max neutered so that he wasn’t able to have unwanted offspring. If you don’t want your cat having unwanted offspring, you need to do this.
Not treating and avoiding hairballs.
If there is one thing that cats are notorious for, it’s producing and coughing up hairballs.
Cats are very clean creatures and like to lick themselves clean. This makes them susceptible to ingesting large amounts of hair, which then makes them produce hairballs. I struggled with this problem with Max.
You need to introduce edible products that prevent the formation of hairballs if you don’t want to deal with the unpleasant sight of hairballs.
Not controlling your cat’s weight.
Max loves to eat and he had his share of female feline friends. Little did I know that after I had him neutered, I actually made him more susceptible to weight because of hormonal issues.
And gain weight he did!
I fixed this by putting him on a low-calorie diet. This helped him lose weight and keep it off.
You don’t want an overweight cat that has its hormones in a frenzy.
Video: 7 Mistakes Cat Owners Make
If you’re struggling to improve your cat-raising skills as an owner and you’re still not sure what you’re doing wrong, don’t worry! I have you covered. Just check out the video below and you should be good to go!
Key Things To Remember When Raising Your Cat
- Raising cats is a learning process. Be patient.
- If you make a mistake, don’t get down on yourself. Learn from it.
- Enjoy the process of raising your cat. Your cat is and should be your non-human best friend for life. Treat it as such.
Final Thoughts On Common Mistakes That Cat Owners Make
No cat owner is perfect. Mistakes will be made.
Raising cats is a trial and error process. I made every single one of the mistakes described in the article and I learned from all of them and that helped strengthen the bond between me and Max.
The key thing to remember is that being aware of the mistakes you’re making as a cat owner is the key to learning from them and making sure not to do them again in the future.
Be aware of your mistakes, learn from them, and trust me you will be much better off and you will have a happier, healthier, cat as a result.