Is your cat giving you the stink eye every time you try to give them a little hug? If so, it could be a sign that your cat is not a big fan of hugs. Regardless of whether your furbaby is a lovable softie or an independent ruler, here are some habits we do that actually drive them up the wall!
Let’s face it: No one likes to be forced into a bone-crushing hug, regardless of whether the recipient is actually a hugger or not! The same rule applies to cats who generally prefer a level of distance between themselves and their humans.
Lack of Attention
Consequently, cats are also not a big fan of lacking affection. While they don’t like forced affection, they generally aren’t big fans of being ignored either. So next time you think you’re spending too much time on your laptop, your little friend might give you a hint by effectively lying down on your keyboard for a belly rub.
Cats are very sensitive creatures especially when it comes to noise. Certain pranks like sneaking up on them from behind and actively shouting “Boo!” just to get a reaction from them is not something they look forward to.
Not Letting Them Win
Is your cat a fan of chasing the red dot from your laser pointer? If so, it might be a good idea to let them catch the dot or feather and win once in a while. Cats generally like a good workout but playing a game that never gives them the fair chance of winning can discourage them from future games.
Water and cats don’t mix unless you have a quirky cat who actually doesn’t mind getting in the tub! The reason why cats generally hate baths is because they are wired to believe that wet fur attracts their natural predators in the wild.
Are you thinking of dressing Snuffles in a pirate costume for Halloween? If so, you might want to think again. Cats are notoriously sensitive creatures that rely on their whiskers, ears, and other body parts to sense incoming danger. Certain costumes that cover their ears, limit their vision, and affect their defense system can add stress to your cat instead of making them happy!
Lack of Hygiene
Not cleaning your kitty’s litter box is another annoyance that they simply would not tolerate. After all, you wouldn’t like it if your partner didn’t flush the toilet after using it, right?
Smoking causes damage to the smoker and the surrounding parties which also include your pets. Like dogs, cats rely on their sense of smell to understand their environment which can be a hindrance if their human is a chainsmoker. Pets of smokers are also most likely to get certain types of cancers which means it’s probably a good idea to limit your smoking or quit it altogether!
While most cats often display a more “tolerable” attitude towards certain habits, it is always best to think twice before attempting any of the above. After all, while your cat loves you, there are certain instances where they may feel uneasy around you which can affect your relationship in the long run. Remember to give them enough affection and allow them to come to you at their own pace. Treat them with respect and love and they are most likely going to do the same.