8 Things You Should NEVER Do To Your Cat

Posted by Editorial Staff in Nature and Travel On 8th May 2016

DON'T EVER DO THESE THINGS TO YOUR CAT

With a cat or two around the house, even the most dedicated pet parent may slack off and take Kitty's presence for granted. Even the simplest oversight may have big consequences on your cat's well being and quality of life. Here are 8 things you should NEVER do to your fave feline.

PUT OFF VET VISITS

Your cat seems healthy. She eats well, looks good, and hasn't changed her activity level. But cats, like the rest of us, can experience subtle health shifts, from poor vision to kidney dysfunction. Felines are masters at concealing their ills and compensating for problems. An annual vet exam can pinpoint the start of any health concerns and treat minor issues before they become major issues.

"At the very least, you'll have a baseline for comparison if any problems crop up," said Dr. Brad LeVora of Little Seneca Animal Hospital in Germantown, MD. "With the cat's health history documented, there should be fewer surprises."

PUSH YOUR CAT OFF THE COUNTER

An inquisitive tabby poking her nose into that roasted chicken cooling on the countertop may be annoying, but she does not deserve to be treated like a feline Frisbee. Pushing or throwing your cat in frustration can harm her, both physically and in spirit. Always handle your cat with gentle care, and your cat is more likely to respond to your wishes.

HOLD YOUR CAT ON YOUR LAP WHILE DRIVING

Most cats dislike traveling and resent being cooped up in their carriers, but a free-range cat in a moving vehicle can become a terrified, furry missile. An unconfined cat is distracting to the driver, and vulnerable to injury or escape. With your cat on the loose, ping-ponging around the car, your final destination is disaster. Buckle your cat's carrier in place for a safe road trip.

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