In this video, we will look at 20 things you should stop doing to your cat.
Don’t yell at them when they misbehave You should never yell at your cat when disciplining them. It doesn’t work. You're just freaking out your pet. Especially when you are upset about something that has happened a while ago. Cats live in the moment and are incapable of associating any punishment with an action that occurred in the past. Your cat not only will get scared, but they will be very confused as well. Don’t force them to interact with you Cats are very independent creatures. They don’t like to be smothered with affection and they need some personal space every now and then. Make sure you provide them all the personal space they want. Likewise, provide your cat with a place where they can hide, be alone, and feel comfortable and secure. Don’t make them hate their crate Do you have trouble getting your cat into their carrier? It’s probably because any time your cat goes into a carrier, it’s to go to the vet. You can break this association by leaving your carrier open in your home. Your pet will sniff it, lie inside it, and all around get used to it. Don’t bathe them Cats are excellent at grooming themselves and they rarely need to be washed. If you decide to wash them, once or twice a year is enough. By washing your cat frequently, you’re doing them no favors. Don’t hug them like a baby When you pick up a cat and cradle them like a baby, they may feel vulnerable and want to find a place to get back to where they feel they are in control of their surroundings. Don’t surprise them You probably have watched videos of cats getting scared of cucumbers, but what actually happens is that your cat isn’t afraid of the cucumber itself, but it is the fact that the cucumber appeared next to them without them noticing it. Cats tend to be scared of the unknown, as it could represent a danger or predator, and in the case of a cucumber, a snake. Although some may find it funny, surprises cause anxiety and fear in your cat. It’s best to look for other ways to have fun with your pet. Don’t skip the vet Regular checkups are so important for your furbaby’s health. The vet can identify issues you might not even be aware of. Don’t give bones to them Contrary to what cartoons often show, house cats have no business gnawing on fish skeletons or any cooked bones. Cooked bones are a serious danger to felines because they can splinter and get stuck in a cat's throat or stomach Don’t declaw them This one is a must to avoid. Declawing is torturous to cats. It would be akin to cutting off our fingers at the last knuckle, leading to pain and mobility issues. It can even breed a sense of feeling vulnerable or defenseless. Don’t stick with dry food Many cats don't like water so they don't drink enough of it. Because of this, they are more prone to developing urinary crystals and even kidney problems. More often than not, this can be prevented simply by adding wet food to your cat's diet. You can even add a little water to your cat’s food. Don’t dress up your cat Don’t buy clothes for your pet just because they may look cute in them. Halloween costumes and Christmas hats can be fun for people, but cats will be totally annoyed if you try to dress them up. Don’t feed them milk Although feeding cow’s milk to cats is thoughtful as a pet lover, it hurts them more than it helps. This is because most cats are lactose intolerant. Don’t use essential oils Essential oils can be toxic to cats whether ingested orally, applied to the skin, or simply inhaled. It’s because cats lack the enzymes that are needed to metabolize essential oils properly. Don’t feed them more than the recommended daily intake Improper feeding can lead to obesity, malnutrition and many health issues. Always monitor the calories in your chosen pet food and adhere to the suggested serving sizes. It’s important to remember that food is not love, and feline obesity is on the rise. Don’t use harsh cleaning products Many cleaning products used in our homes are toxic to cats. Even if your cat isn’t directly exposed to these products, they may run over a floor that has been mopped and then lick their paws and ingest those toxins. Always check the label. Any product that contains bleach or ammonia is hazardous to animals. #3. Don’t ignore them Your feline isn't actually as solitary an animal as you might think—even though it seems like they often want to be left alone most of the time. Cats do enjoy interacting with their special humans and need routine socialization. Don’t let them sleep all day Just like dogs, felines need regular exercise to work off extra energy and stay healthy! The best way to exercise a cat is by making them chase their favorite toys around the house. Interactive toys, like a wand toy with feathers, strings, or other preylike attachments that evoke a cat’s predatory behavior are an excellent way to keep them fit.