10 Things Humans Do That Cats Dislike

Our cats may not think our human behaviours are always so cute!

10 Things Humans Do That Cats Dislike

Wondering what makes your cat upset? You might be doing somethings to upset your cat without even realizing it! Well, we all want our pets to be happy and healthy. Better understanding, better relationship. Knowing your cat better is a good way for you to develop a closer bond with her.

Here are some tidbits about the things humans do that cats hate.

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Overly-Aggressively Petting

Picking your cat up and holding her tightly? Not all of them love constant attention and petting. Some cats are overly sensitive to tactile stimuli. And this is known as feline hyperesthesia. It can be common in older cats, strays or cats that aren’t use to being handled a lot. If your cat is demonstrating angry behaviour such as suddenly growl, bite or scratch you from being petted, make a mental note of how long it takes her to strike out. This will give you a clearer idea of her tolerance levels.

Being Ignored

No one likes being ignored, and so do pets, of course. When your cat wants attention and you ignore her, she will try to get it by draping herself over what you are focusing on, rubbing, flipping onto her back or standing in front of you. If you don’t give her the attention she wants, this can put her in a bad mood and she may even take to doing naughty things to grab your attention.

Loud Noises

Cats are much more sensitive to sound than humans are. The cat’s ear is naturally designed to draw sound into the ear canal, enabling a cat to pick up the most sensitive of sounds. Thus, most cats are terrified of fireworks, thunder and loud car noises. Blaring music and raucous parties are also on the list of things that disturb cats.

Giving Them Tubby Rubs

Dogs love their tummy rubs and beg for them, but most cats don’t enjoy a belly rub. Because stomach is a cat’s most vulnerable area and many go into predatory mode when humans try and rub their tummies. It’s important to observe your cat’s body language if you don’t want to spend more money on the bandanges.

Forcing Social Interactions

Forcing them to snuggle? Cats are known for being independent and forced affection may drive your cat to avoid you. Keep in mind that allowing your cat to hide if she feels stressed are one of her key needs. Never force your cat out to deal with the situation that is making her stressed. You will bond more closely with your cat by learning about cat behaviour.

Other Cats in “Their” Territory

All cats have a territorial nature, even indoor cats have what they perceive as their own territory. They don’t appreciate it when other cats encroach upon it. If you own multiples cats, one thing you can do is take care to treat all cats the same. Most felines in multi-cat households can learn to share territory and get along if they are being treated equally and fairly.

Getting Wet

Most cats dislike water and hate getting wet. One of the reasons is that when a cat’s fur is wet, she is weighed down, which compromises agility and makes her vulnerable to attack. Another reason is cats have negative experience or lack of experience with water. Cats that aren’t accustomed to water may also shy away from water. Nobody likes suprises, including your cat, a creature of habit.

Not Cleaning Their Litter Box

Cats are cleanly animals and they want their litter box to reflect that. You may notice your cat is not comfortable going to the bathroom in anything less than pristine conditions. So clean your feline’s litter box at least once a day.

Declawing them

Declawing is actually a torture for your cat. It would be like cutting off our fingers at the first knuckle, leading to pain and mobility issues. Keep in mind that scratching is a natural behaviour in cats. As a responsible cat owner, we should provide scratching posts for our felines – if not, they will find alternatives to scratching posts and proudly show off their scratching skills by leaving marks on the sofa or the bed.

Car Rides

Most cats don’t enjoy car rides. They are creatures of habit and their love of routine is part of their ancestry. Like humans, they get stressed in unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations, including car rides. While some cats do genuinely suffer from motion sickness, others who vomit or become incontinent when riding in a car might simply be nervous. Thus, it’s important to help your cat to get used to the car travel. And the easiest time to sensitize your cat to car travel is when she is a kitten and can more easily get used to new experiences.

Updated: December 7, 2017.

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