Removing claws of an outdoor cat
Because of dangers such as other animals and cars, outdoor cats often live less than five years, compared to indoor cats, who live closer to 18 or 20 years, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Mobile, Alabama. Help your outdoor cat protect itself by keeping its claws intact, says Ashley Rossman, DVM, a veterinarian with Glen Oak Dog & Cat Hospital. “They need their weapons,” she says. If your pet ends up getting into a fight with another animal, it could get critically injured if it doesn’t have a way to scratch.
Leaving food out
A whopping 60 percent of American cats are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. There’s one main drive, says Virginia-based veterinarian Katy Nelson, DVM: leaving a bowl of food out all day. Especially if your kibble brand is high in carbs, your cat will be tempted to overeat. “I put it to my clients like this: if you put an entire cheese pizza from Ray’s Pizza in New York City out on the counter and left me to my own devices, I can almost guarantee that that entire pizza would be gone by the end of the day,” she says. “Whether my body needed it or not, carbs are just not all that filling.” Tack on months or years of eating like that, and it’s no surprise your cat might carry some extra weight. Learn why your pet’s food bowl could make you sick.