You think you know everything about your cat. The life of a feline has no secrets for you. But do you really know what scares or annoys a cat?
Our cats are like stuffed animals. Soft, cuddly, they are able to heal us with their purrs. Of course, they can also annoy us. When they lose their hair, scratch furniture, constantly meow at doors or windows, etc.
And sometimes you don’t understand your cat’s reactions. To help you understand, here are ten things that felines really don’t like and that you shouldn’t do around your cat.
To feel observed
Cats don’t like to be watched. Of course, there’s nothing cuter than a feline sleeping, stretching its sweet belly, grooming itself or playing ball. It makes you want to watch it all day. However, felines hate being stared at all the time, especially in the eyes. You should avoid this as much as possible.
At best, your cat will feel unsettled. At worst, he will be scared and might even attack you. In the wild, when two felines look each other in the eye, it’s a provocation, an invitation to fight. When looking at your cat, it’s best to blink or just look at it out of the corner of your eye.
A door slamming, a closet slamming shut, an object falling. It doesn’t take much for your cat to suddenly change her mood. Cats don’t like noise! Also, when startled, they often oscillate between a frightened look and a panicked flight.
When your cat is in the same room as you, try to respect its well-being. Avoid putting on loud music, loud arguments, clapping, etc. Your cat may run away immediately. Your cat might run away immediately.
A change of routine
Just like us, felines have their habits. They can’t stand change. Knowing what time your cat will eat breakfast and dinner will calm him down. Cat owners know that if you forget to set your alarm clock, your cat acts as a backup alarm.
As your cat is very attached to his routine, he will misunderstand the change. Did you buy new furniture? You move ? A baby is coming or a friend is moving in? Has the litter box been moved? Sorry, but your cat might be annoyed by such changes. If you need to make changes, do so slowly so your cat isn’t too upset and gets used to their new surroundings.
Whether good or bad, felines are sensitive to smells, and they don’t like strong smells. A poorly cleaned litter box won’t suit them (or you, for that matter). But it’s not just unpleasant odors that are unsuitable for cats.
When you try to stream but your cat asks for TOO much attention……… one moment she even lay on the keyboard this potato pic.twitter.com/naVTnzGBi1
— Hypnostreamz (@HypnofazTV) May 10, 2022
Our felines don’t like classic cooking smells either (onion, garlic, vinegar, cinnamon, etc.). They also don’t particularly like essential oils. So don’t be surprised if your cat doesn’t keep you company while you cook. It’s also best to avoid scented litter boxes, which your cat doesn’t like due to their sensitive sense of smell.
If you’ve ever splashed your cat with water, or accidentally sent a few splashes, you know felines hate it. With very few exceptions, no cat likes water, and most carefully avoid contact with it.
I like to have a very tidy cat. Its important to me. pic.twitter.com/Cu8W7wiBoN
—Lutrinae Habilis (@from_Otterspace) May 10, 2022
It is not at all necessary to bathe a cat. These animals are naturally very clean and take good care of their fur. When you give your cat a drink, fill the bowl with fresh, clean (dust-free) water. For a cat, water is only for drinking, it should not be put on its coat.
You watch your cat sleeping peacefully, in a very comfortable position, and you just want to pet it. However, felines (like us) don’t like to be awakened from their sleep.
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— mystery (@MairetCeline) May 10, 2022
So don’t wake your cat up by surprise when he’s in Morpheus’ arms. Yes, it’s hard, but it’s for his own good. Let your cat sleep as long as they want (and be patient, felines sleep up to 18 hours a day!). Don’t do anything to your cat that you wouldn’t want done to you.
Cats, like most pets and like us, don’t like boredom. They do not hesitate to express their dissatisfaction when they find the time long, for example by meowing or scratching the furniture.
To keep your cat from getting bored, find something to occupy it: toys, balls, balls of yarn or even simple empty rolls of paper usually do the trick.
Felines don’t like to feel left out. More broadly, felines are independent animals, firmly attached to their freedom. You must have already realized this when you had the misfortune to leave a door closed.
Definitely, I don’t like cats. Not that I hate them, no. They just don’t arouse any interest in me. https://t.co/sW4DoMqp0K
— Mr. Chatouille 🌈 💉💉💉 (@M_Chatouille) May 2, 2022
Give your cat the maximum freedom to come and go as it pleases. If you have an outdoor space accessible to your cat, do not hesitate to install a cat flap. Otherwise, your cat may bang on your doors until you open them. Claw marks are guaranteed.
to be manipulated
Yes, cuddling, petting and listening to your cat purr is very soothing. However, be aware that felines do not like to be handled all the time. What is pleasant for you is not necessarily pleasant for them. When it comes to cuddling, like so many other things, felines set their own rules, which you must follow.
When your cat comes up to you, rubs against your legs, or nudges you, she’s probably craving to be petted. Or just eat. But as soon as he goes about his business, he can’t bear to be disturbed by caresses. So let him live his life. And of course: never take your cat by the tail, he will hate it!
I think my in-laws cat hates us 😅 pic.twitter.com/R7Dxo2DAyU
— Emilie🤟🏻 (@EmilieMPhoto) May 7, 2022
travel too much
Holidays are usually a time that we look forward to. This is not the case with felines, which do not really like to travel. It is not necessary to pack your cat before leaving.
Not only is driving stressful for most felines, but many of them also get motion sickness. Cats are homebodies and don’t like change, as you’ve heard. Traveling means big changes to a cat’s routine, so it won’t thank you.
So now you know what to avoid to maintain a good relationship with your feline. If you follow these rules, you should be able to enjoy a good relationship with your cat!