a lot of people unwittingly make some serious mistakes in their pet care that can lead to all kinds of health problems and even a shorter lifespan none of us want that so let’s see what major no-nose you should avoid when it comes to taking care of your pet and what you should do instead.
1. not being picky about food.
whether you feed your pet dry or wet food be selective about the ingredients always read the label first before choosing a brand.
it shouldn’t contain any flavoring agents corn or GMOs as for a natural diet always consult a vet before you decide what food you’re gonna give your pet. for example even though cats eat plenty of raw meat in the wild it’s actually not good for domesticated kitties also definitely avoid overfeeding sadly this is a really common problem among owners that can lead to serious health issues in their pets always check the serving size and calorie count on the packaging and finally always make sure your pets have access to fresh clean water.
2. rarely taking pets to the vet.
don’t neglect regular visits to the vet even if your furry friends hate you for it this is the only way to prevent diseases and catch any sort of problems before they get too serious.
make sure to keep up with regular vaccinations and shots to protect both your pet and your family sure vet bills can get pretty expensive but that’s simply part of being a responsible pet owner.
3. allowing pets access to open doors and windows.
unless you have a fenced-in yard that’s regularly treated to kill any parasites your pets shouldn’t have open access to the street.
first of all, you risk your pop or kitty running away and getting lost or hurt plus if you live in an apartment building on the upper floors this can result in a tragic situation especially when it comes to cats.
maybe their feline instincts kick in when they spot a bird but they’ll unknowingly leap out a window in pursuit of their prey to avoid a catastrophe make sure your pets are securely indoors.
4. not spaying or neutering.
this decision is a personal one that’s entirely up to a pet owner however vets do recommend spaying and neutering your animals because it actually helps them live long and happy lives you avoid any unexpected pregnancies the problems that come with females in heat and the issue of urine marking in males the only thing you should watch out for.
when it comes to sterilizing your cat is excess weight since many kitties become lazy and gain extra pounds after the surgery in that case you just need to be careful with their diet and make sure they get plenty of physical activity.
5. neglecting grooming and dental hygiene.
just like humans cats and dogs need regular oral care start brushing their teeth at an early age so that they get used to the process they make special toothbrushes and pastes for animals that you can get at any pet store ideally.
you should get your pet’s teeth checked by a vet at least once a year. especially if it has a bad odor as for grooming different breeds to have different requirements, for example, hairless pets don’t require any brushing obviously but their skin needs to be washed frequently.
pets with short fur require minimal care and ones with long hair should be brushed daily if you don’t take care of their fur regularly long-haired pets can uncomfortable matting and even skin diseases and whatever breed they may be all cats and dogs need regular nail trimming.
6. neglecting bath time or doing it incorrectly.
bathing is a necessity when it comes to pets cats. of course, are a little more self-sufficient when it comes to staying clean so they don’t really need to be washed if you do decide to shampoo your kitty once or twice a year is enough.
as for our rambunctious canine companions, they’ll need to be washed a little more often about once every three months, of course, you can wash dogs more often. just be sure to use gentle shampoos. if you have to wash your dog every other week only wash your dog’s head at the very end otherwise your pooch can get cold and start shivering to avoid getting water in its ears especially if you have a floppy-eared breed since they’re more prone to ear infections.
7. given your pet table food.
all vets agree that giving your pet people food is a terrible idea. your pet’s digestive system simply can’t handle most of the stuff we humans eat I know it’s hard to resist that big puppy eyes or that intimidating feline glare but just to remind yourself that you’re doing what’s best for your furry friend each time you say no.
8. not giving enough attention.
your four-legged housemate needs your love and attention sure most cats are a little more independent but your kitty still needs to be shown love as for dogs.
Pets need socialization and human interaction to develop physically emotionally and socially otherwise they can become easily scared aggressive and disobedient.
9. not checking their caller.
time can get away from us and our fur babies grow faster than we like them to plus like people they put on weight. so be sure to check if their collar is too tight from time to time for cats and small breed dogs you should be able to slip one finger between their collar and skin for medium to large breed dogs two fingers should fit.
also, make sure your dog’s collar isn’t too loose before you to go out in a walk otherwise your dog o might slip right out and run away.
10. keeping a dog cooped up all the time.
dogs of all ages and breeds should have enough time outside to move around interact with other dogs and be free to explore.
if they don’t get enough physical activity and stimulation your pup can get overweight which leads to a whole slew of health problems plus all that pent-up energy might get released in the form of chewing up your shoes and furniture.
but indoor cats need exercise and mental stimulation to that’s where things like cat trees and plenty of toys.
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