Things Cats Hate: What to Avoid Doing
Cats are popular pets for several reasons. They are cute, smart, cuddly, and require relatively low maintenance. You may have heard that cats have independent personalities when it comes things they love and hate. However, there are some things that cats hate in general. And since some cats share the personality of their owners, your cat may be peeved by a lot of things that get under your skin too. From spoiled food to loud music, cats may dislike a lot of things. Furthermore, as a pet owner, there may be certain things you may be doing that upsets your cat. You may be aware of somethings or you might not even be doing those things intentionally, but your cat cannot notify you. The best they can do is meow loudly or run away if they can. So because cats cannot speak up, this article will do the talking for them. Cat owners, please take note.
One thing cats are very protective about is their territory. One thing they hate a lot is other cats in their territory. Cats are territorial animals by instinct. And this makes them very unfriendly to strange faces invading their space. And by strange faces, I mean other feline animals. They instinctively see other cats as competition – competition food, treat, and attention. And that is an absolute no-no. Cats are very solitary animals. If they could talk, they would probably warn you not to bring any company in their presence. The only felines they can tolerate in their space are relatives or known housemates. Aside from that, you will receive a rude and even aggressive cat treatment. One reason why cats hate competition is that they are naturally very jealous animals. And they are not shy to make their jealousy known. Sometimes, they express this emotion by being aggressive towards the other cat depending on how bad the situation is. In some cases, cats can misdirect their jealousy-fueled aggression towards other house cats. The good thing is cats that are raised together learn to live with each other as long as they are all treated equally. Cat owner, be warned.
Not Enough Attention or Too Much of It
Many people consider cats as solitary animals. That may not always be the case. Unlike a dog, you can leave your cat at home for hours and come back to meet no tantrums. However, there are times when cats want attention from their humans. And when it is not forthcoming, it could elicit a negative response from them. Ignored cats may meow at you for hours for your attention. Some cats also develop anxiety issues when they are ignored for a long time. This may cause them to exhibit destructive behavior, become aggressive or litter outside the box. Kittens especially love and require a lot of attention. On the contrary, cats do not want too much attention or excessive petting. They do not appreciate being picked up and petted constantly. Neither do they like to be followed around by their humans like bodyguards. They are very moderate in their desire for attention and most do not understand when they see dogs enjoying constant attention. When it comes to cats, the deal is simple, human. Listen, “give me attention only when I demand it. When I say stop it, you stop it and leave me alone.” Got it? Good. Still, on the subject of petting and attention, there are certain areas on a cat’s body you are just not permitted to pet. Doing that will only attract a hiss or even a reproachful scratch on your hand. Avoid petting your cat the full length of their backs. And oh, please stay away from their stomachs. Human, be cautioned.
Nobody likes food that has gone bad. News flash – cats don’t like it either. Neither do they like stale food. If you have a dog, you probably may have noticed that those guys can eat just about anything. Not cats. No sir. These felines believe they are some sort of furry royalty. If the food sits there for too long, your cat might reject it. Forget about food gone bad. They consider it a sign of disrespect and you might receive a reproachful meow. Cats are picky eaters. But when they are being fed the right amount of food daily, no problem. They will finish the plate. Change the serving, and there is a problem. If there are leftovers, get rid of it after thirty minutes and give the plate a good washing. Leftovers are signs that you are overfeeding your cat. They want their meals served fresh and in clean plates or bowls. But seriously, you would not want to serve spoiled food to your cat in the first place. It can make your cat fall sick. Always be sure to check the expiring date on cat food before purchasing. If you may be storing them for a while, be sure that you do not buy canned food that has only a few months to expire. Human, you have been warned.
Have you ever had that frustrating experience of unbearably loud music from your neighbor when you are trying to sleep or concentrate? You try to reason with them but to no avail and you feel like pulling out your hair or moving out. Well, cats hate noise too. In fact, some cats are terrified by noise. It could be fireworks, screeching tires, honking of cars, thunder, name them. Cats hate them. Sometimes, sudden loud arguments and commotions are enough to send them dashing off to safety. When this happens more than often, your cat may develop some behavioral health issues over a period of time. It may become depressed, act aggressively, skittishly, or even timidly. Some cats may lose hair after a while. You may notice that after some time, sudden movements around them will be enough to send them bolting for cover. There are some loud noises we may not be able to avoid or control, like thunder or loud music from a party. But always make sure that there is a safe place you can keep your cat during those times. Avoid playing very loud music or increasing the volume of your television to ridiculous volumes when your cat is around. Human, you have been admonished.
Dirty Litter Box
Nobody likes to use a public washroom when it is untidy. At home, you might rage out when the toilet is left unclean. Cats hate dirty litter boxes also. Depending on the number of cats you have at home and their bathroom habits, you should clean the litter box every day or every other day. Aside from that, the litter box should be replaced often. There is a reason humans flush after each time they use the toilet. No human wants to look at or smell their poop, right? Now imagine this. Cats have a sense of smell about fourteen times greater than that of humans. If humans cannot stand the smell of their poop, cats cannot tolerate theirs either. And since you are the owner, you have to do the cleaning. Cats cannot clean their litter boxes. If they could, they probably even wouldn’t do it. Royalty, remember? Aside from that, dirty litter boxes only breed bacteria that will make your cat sick. Human, be advised.
Car Rides and Change
You may have watched a movie with a scene of a dog enjoying a car ride, mouth wide open, tongue hanging out, dripping spittle, and totally ecstatic. You may be thinking it is a good idea to go for a ride with your feline buddy. Stop! In the name of cat royalty, that is an awful idea. Cats hate car rides. And when car rides are unavoidable, like trips to the vet, they will pierce your eyes with constant disapproval till you arrive at your destination. The idea of a moving vehicle is completely unwelcoming to them. This is because cats are prone to motion sickness as this could get them anxious and make their stomachs churn. When it comes to unavoidable car rides, there isn’t much you can do about your cats whining. Only make sure your cat is securely in it its cage. Do you know another thing that comes with car rides? A change of environment. Cats like their territories and the easy routines they are used to. They hate to have to readjust to a new one. They also hate the new faces and smells that new environments come with. A cat’s dislike for strangers is not only limited to new environments. You may have noticed your cat jump up and dash off when there are sudden footsteps approaching your door. Some cats fear strangers, others just dislike new faces. Human, beware.
Taking Medication and Bathing
You probably cringed or winced. A lot of people hate medications and the bitter taste they leave on the tongue and in the throat. Cats hate it too. They do not appreciate pills or liquid antibiotics being pushed down their throats. You may have a battle on your hands if you are trying to get your cat to take a pill. Luckily, there are some medications that can be mixed with cat food for easy consumption and digestion.
Cats also hate bathing and brushing. Although there are a few cats that can tolerate water, the majority of them loathe it. They despise it and will let you know if you try to lure them for to the bath. They have a good reason to hate getting wet. Cats do quite a good job grooming themselves clean and do need to be bathed. Human, we are out of synonyms.
There are several things to enjoy about your feline buddy. Cats are smart, gentle, clean, and low-maintenance pets. However, in taking good care of them you have to be mindful of the things they hate and how to avoid those things where possible. If there are certain behaviors from you can you may not understand after troubleshooting, please do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian. Remember, a happy cat is a…well…a happy cat.