Annoying things people do that irritate cats
Does your cat seem annoyed or anxious? Do his body signals give out a negative vibe or are you noticing strange inappropriate habits such as;
- Swishing and not thumping its tail.
- Trying to move away from you.
- Crouching or ducking head into shoulders.
- Ears turned back.
- Low-pitched meowing.
There are a lot of reasons why cats become anxious. We often fail to appreciate our cats’ different preferences. While many people love petting and snuggling with their cats, not all cats enjoy this type of affection. Experts agree that once you have determined that your cat is angry, identifying the source of the stress and avoiding it can cool down the situation quickly.
What might be bothering your cat could very well be something that bothers you too. From dirty litter boxes, to spoiled food, to excessive loud music. Cats and humans share more pet peeves than you can ever imagine. And believe it or not, you could be the problem when you are making some mistakes as an owner, unknowingly and knowingly, causing these top things cats can’t stand. Here are the top annoying things that upset cats and how we can remedy them.
1. Leaving the cat alone for long hours
Cats crave attention, companionship and love just like any other animal or human being. If cats are left alone for long periods of time, they can easily develop feelings of sadness, loneliness and even sometimes depression.
If you always have a busy schedule, always try to set aside a few minutes every day to spend some quality time with your cat. For example, you could give her 15 minutes of playtime every day and this will keep her happy and healthy.
If you still lack time for your cat, there is a better solution. You should consider adopting another cat, so she has a full-time companion.
2. Dirty litter boxes
Using a dirty public or home toilets can be pretty disgusting, right? Well, cats feel the same way about dirty litter boxes.
It’s important to clean out your cat’s litter boxes every day or at least thrice a week, depending on the number of cats you have and their bathroom habits. In case you don’t want to scoop its poop daily, you can consider purchasing a self-cleaning litter box.
Keeping a clean litter box isn’t just about scooping the poop either. Cleanliness of the cat’s litter box is dependent on the type of litter box you use, the frequency with which you scoop it and the number of cats in your household. The litter box should be replaced about every two weeks.
3. Giving cats spoiled food
You probably don’t want to eat spoiled food and neither does your cat. Not only does stale or spoiled food taste awful, but it can also make your cat sick too. Some bacteria like Salmonella and Staphylococcus can frequently grow in food that has been exposed for too long, especially during the warmer season.
Whenever you are serving up your cat’s meals, be sure to check the expiration dates on both wet and dry food. If you find yourself having lots of leftovers after your cat’s meals, you may need to find out how much he actually needs to be eating. Your veterinarian can help you decide based on his breed, age and activity levels.
4. Giving cats yucky tasting medicines
When you’re feeling sick, the last thing you want to do is to take some yucky tasting medicine and the same holds true for your cat. When taking medicines especially pills, many cats tend to foam it in the mouth, hold the pill in their esophagus or just spit it back out.
Whether your cat needs medication for a cold or infection, or has a chronic condition that requires the ongoing administering of medication, it is important to make the experience a bit more favorable for the cat.
To achieve this, you should;
- Train your cat to be always comfortable having her face and mouth handled.
- Associate her sensations with something positive for example, rewarding her with a small treat.
- Come up with a medication schedule, so she knows what to expect and when.
If you are still having issues with administering pills, there are lots of soft treats with pockets designed for holding pills and you can also seek advice from your vet.
5. Over aggressive petting
If you have a cat, you should know there are only certain areas she’ll allow you to pet and if you pet the wrong area, she will probably hiss, scratch or even bite you. Cats can be extremely sensitive to tactile stimuli, so it’s important to be aware of where and how you are supposed to be petting them.
Here are some tips to keep your cat happy.
- Cats groom each other on the head and neck, they dislike “full body” pets down the length of their back and so try to stick to the areas around her head and neck only.
- Pay close to attention to her behavior and body signals to understand acceptable and unacceptable petting.
6. Competition with other cats
Whether the cats are battling over food, space, toys or their humans’ attention, cats can become overly jealous of one another. Unfortunately, this jealousy can manifest as aggression and depending on the situation, it might be misdirected aggression.
For example, if a house cat feels threatened by an outdoor cat, but is not able attack it, he may redirect his aggression towards another cat or a someone inside the house.
7. Subjecting the cats to loud noises
Commotion from thunderstorms, to arguments, to fireworks and lots of loud noises can seriously stress your cat out. Chronic stress from loud noises can easily cause a number of behavioral and health issues, such as skittishness, aggression or depression as well as hair loss, lack of appetite and over-grooming.
It can be tough, but always try to limit your cat’s exposure to loud noises. Keep her in a quiet, safe space when guests are over or during bad weather and avoid playing very loud music or putting high volumes on the TV.