Ever felt like your cat is trying to tell you something? Maybe it’s acting aloof or choosing the most inconvenient locations for bathroom breaks. Here’s the insider info: Your feline friend might not be as enigmatic as you think. Below, we break down the top seven things that cats just can’t stand and how to fix them.
1. Loneliness Isn’t a Cat Thing
Contrary to popular belief, cats aren’t lone wolves. Sure, they can manage alone for longer periods than dogs, but they too crave social interaction. Neglect this, and your cat may develop anxiety or depression. The solution is simple: Schedule in some daily playtime or even consider adopting a second cat as a companion.
2. Dirty Litter Boxes are a No-Go
Nobody likes a dirty toilet, and your cat is no exception. A dirty litter box is not only unhygienic but can also lead to behavioral issues. Make it a habit to clean the litter box every day or at least every other day. Tech-savvy? Go for a self-cleaning litter box to make both your lives easier.
3. Spoiled Food? Nope
Would you eat spoiled food? Neither would your cat. Always check the expiration dates on both wet and dry cat food to avoid causing your cat any unnecessary digestive distress. If leftovers are piling up, you may need to reevaluate portion sizes. Consult your vet for advice tailored to your cat’s needs.
4. Cats Loathe Bad Medicine
Whether it’s for a minor infection or a chronic condition, administering unpleasant-tasting medication is a struggle. Make this experience less traumatic by first acclimating your cat to face and mouth touching. Create a predictable medication schedule, and if all else fails, pill pockets can be a lifesaver.
5. Overly Aggressive Petting Won’t Cut It
Petting a cat isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Go the wrong way and you might get a hiss—or worse, a scratch. Stick to the safe zones like the head and neck, and always observe your cat’s body language to identify what it finds enjoyable or annoying.
6. Competition Among Cats: A Recipe for Jealousy
Even if your household has more than one cat, remember that competition for resources can create tension. Whether it’s food, space, or attention, a cat may show aggression if it feels its territory is being invaded. The key is to manage and diffuse these competitive feelings before they escalate into full-blown fights.
7. Noisy Environments Stress Cats Out
Your cat’s hearing is far more sensitive than yours, making loud noises a significant stressor. From thunderstorms to blasting music, noisy environments can cause your cat behavioral and health issues. Aim to create a calm, quiet living space for your feline friend.
Final Thoughts: Are You Annoying Your Cat?
So, are you guilty of committing any of these feline faux pas? The good news is most are easily fixable. Always pay attention to your cat’s body language and habits to make sure you’re not inadvertently causing stress.
Have you noticed any odd behaviors in your cat that didn’t make the list? What’s your go-to solution for a happier cat?
Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Amanda Wheatley