There are things that cats can’t stand about people. Here are eight of those things that drive cats away rather than to you. My hope is that this article will teach us the ins and outs of the world of cats. I’ll start with the little annoyances and build up to “I want to claw your eyes out when you do that.”
Invade personal space
Just as we humans need our ‘alone time,’ so do cats. Someone demanding our attention every moment of every day would drive us nuts. The same thing can be said about cats; only the demanding would drive them under the bed.
Answer: Listen to your cat. When he is lying on your lap, allowing you to pet him, and he decides he’s had enough, give him his personal space.
Don’t show enough love
Just as we need to be loved, so too must our cats. People say that cats are anti-social. Not true. Cats are different from dogs, but when you think about it, they are more like humans. They have the same needs as humans, and love is at the top of the list.
Answer: Listen to your cat. He’ll tell you when he’s in a loving mood.
No help with grooming
Most vets will tell you that animals can’t reach all of their bodies. Sometimes they need a little help from their humans
Answer: Get a wire brush or a comb (ask your vet which one would be best for your cat’s coat) and groom your cat until his coat shines. This is also a great way to bond with him.
No attention to the litter box
This goes without saying. Put yourself in his shoes. Not only is it unpleasant for him, but it is also unhealthy for both you and your cat.
Answer: Clean the box out at least once a day. I have the Breeze system that uses pellets on top and pads below. It is so easy. Just scoop the pellets every day and change the pad every week. The pellets are good for three months. And best of all, IT DOESN’T STINK!
Play dress up
Your cat is not a doll, so don’t treat him like one! Putting ‘clothes’ on your animal (notice I stress the fact that he is an animal) not only is uncomfortable for him but takes away his dignity.
Answer: Keep those tutus and sweaters off your cat!
All I can say is don’t. Your cat’s claws are nature’s defenses from danger. You might say, “But my cat is indoors.” But consider this, what if your cat should suddenly decide to venture outside. He would have nothing to ward off any predators with. Besides that, the pain must be excruciating. Imagine if someone tore your nails off.
Answer: Keep scratching posts available.
Cats are especially sensitive to loud noises because of their acute hearing.
Answer: Turn down that stereo! Just because you like to ‘rock out’ (am I aging myself?) doesn’t mean that your cat appreciates it.
Convey negative energy
The last no-no in your cat’s kingdom is negative energy. Cats are sensitive to your moods. If you express displeasure toward him, he will most likely respond as a child would. He may even pout in his safe place. Don’t yell or spray water at him. Instead, treat him like a stubborn child.
Answer: Say no quietly, but sternly several times, and before you know it, he’ll be trained.
These are a few of the things that cats hate about how people treat them. Remember, a cat has sensitivity, dignity, and certain needs. This sounds a little like people, right? So think before acting…how would I like to be treated?
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