Does your cat show obvious dislikes? Does his body language show he is upset about something? Take a look around; you may find yourself responsible for your cat’s bad attitude. Did you forget to clean the litter box yesterday? Is your little fur baby bent out of shape because you’ve ignored her? Find out more about cats’ typical pet peeves and make sure to stop these behaviors to keep your feline friendly.
Your cat may feel ignored.
Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t like to be left alone, at least not all the time. If you notice your cat is running away from you when you call their name or actually looking at you and running in the other direction, then your cat may be trying to send you a message. “I’m mad.” “There is a problem; fix it.” Take some time in the evening to play with your furry friend. Brush her, use toys to get her active, give her a treat, or just sit with her and pet her. But…..
You may be overdoing it.
As much as they love attention cats don’t want to be over stimulated. When they were kittens their mom knew instinctively how much love to give her babies that they could tolerate. Unfortunately, we don’t have that knowledge so we must learn by observation. Count how many pets on your cats head before she starts to get aggravated and tries to bite you or jump off your lap. Another useful tip is to stay away from their stomachs. There are exceptions to every rule, but generally, cats hate being touched there, and you could find yourself scratched or bitten if you try to groom, pet, or hold her in a way that tickles her tummy.
Cats don’t want to compete with other cats. Don’t ask them to.
Don’t pick favorites. Everyone is tempted to give all of their attention to a new kitten brought into the home, but make sure you are giving out your love equally. Yes, everyone loves a tiny kitten to snuggle with, but remember one day that kitten will be all grown up, and you will want everyone in your little animal kingdom to get along.
Loud noises are a no-go.
Screaming at your wife, giving your kid a loud lecture, or cheering the walls down during that Monday night game? Keep it to a minimum, or take it outside. Cats are fearful of loud noises and boisterous activity. A thunderstorm could have your cat climbing the walls to get away from the sound of thunder. Fireworks during any holiday make them run and hide as fast as their little paws can take them. Some instances have been reported that prolonged exposure to loud noises can change a cat’s response to danger forever. In simple terms, this means that the longer you keep the noise up, the more likely your cat will be a permanently different cat once the trauma has ended. So, be careful who watches your cat when you go out of town, because you don’t want a neighborhood teen having a party and scaring your cat to the point of no return.
Like anyone, cats want fresh food.
Do you like eating last night’s dinner for breakfast after it has been sitting out overnight for breakfast? Why would we expect our feline friends to do it? Change their water and food every time you feed them, even if there is some left over from their last feeding. It’s a sanitary and courteous way to feed all pets, not just cats. Things like this may seem small, but to your cat, it’s everything.
Now that you have some more tips to add to your list of cat facts you can put them to good use!
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