Updated: March 8, 2021 by Kristen Chapple
We all know how independent and not caring cats can sometimes be. If they don’t like something, they’ll walk away. But what do you do if that happens too often? If your little furry friend gets upset too much, that’s a sign that you’re doing something wrong. So read on to find out how not to annoy your cat.
Cats are pretentious creatures and they’re very exigent with the environment they live in, so the moment when something’s not right, they’ll let you know. That’s why you should know about some key things that you do or don’t do which can upset your feline friend.
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How Not To Annoy Your Cat
There’s a general rule that if you want to obtain a desired outcome, you should know how to do a particular thing, but sometimes, more important than that is to know what not to do. Such is the case here. Knowing what not to do to annoy your little furry friend.
Don’t Leave Them Alone
Contrary to what many people might believe, cats are not solitary creatures. They might not signal it like your dog does, but they do look for love and affection. Cats are more independent and can be left by themselves for longer periods of time than dogs for example, but stretch that too far and your cat might develop anxiety, feelings of loneliness or even depression. So make sure you allocate some quality time for your little furry friend every day.
Clean That Litter Box
It’s well known that cats don’t like dirty litter boxes and will avoid them rather than use them. But can we blame them? We don’t like going into a dirty toilet either, do we? So think about that when you don’t feel like cleaning your furry friend’s tiny toilet every day. It’s not an optional task.
Don’t Feed Them Spoiled Food
Cats are sensitive and will not touch food that’s not good. Spoiled food is a big no-no for both us and our little furry friends. Besides the bad taste, there’s the possibility of bacteria growing in spoiled food, so make sure you check the expiration date on the food before feeding it to your cat. We’re sure you don’t eat spoiled food so why would your cat? She’s also part of the family so treat her like that.
Love Them With Measure
Cats love to be petted, but sometimes, even a good thing can be too much. Overly aggressive petting is one of these things. When petting your cat, pay attention to her signals, as she will let you know about the do’s and don’ts. Respect that and everyone will be happy.
In the next part, we’ll find out more about how not to annoy your cat.
In the first part of this post, we talked about some of the should’s and shouldn’ts of how not to annoy your cat, such as not leaving them alone, regularly cleaning their litter box, not feeding them spoiled food and petting them with measure.
Now let’s find out some more tips for making living with a cat as easy and fun as possible.
After learning and applying the basics in living with a cat, it’s time for some more tips.
Make Administering Pills a Little More Enjoyable
Let’s face it. All of us catch colds or infections now and then and need to take medication. And our little furry friends, the cats, make no exception. But while we can get over the fact that taking pills isn’t pretty and can force ourselves to do it, cats won’t. They might foam at the mouth or spit the pill right back out.
That’s why it’s important that you make their experience with medication a little bit less bad. First, get your cat used to being handled by her face and mouth, because that may be needed for giving her the necessary pills. Use treats to make her associate the experience with something enjoyable.
If your cat doesn’t want to take pills, you can hide them in her food. There are lots of options for nice little treats with pockets for administering pills. So she’ll go for the treat without knowing about the yucky tasting pill inside.
Don’t Make Loud Noises
Cats hate loud noises. No matter if it’s thunderstorms, fireworks or just you repairing something inside your home, cats will get stressed out when they hear loud noises. And living in an environment where loud noises are a constant will only have bad consequences for your kitty’s health, including depression, hair loss and aggression.
So try to keep your little furry friend in a quiet and safe space as much as possible and limit her exposure to loud noises. And yeah, playing loud music counts as a bad experience for your cat. Remember that cats hear a lot better than we do? Well, think about that next time when you’re cranking up the volume.
Don’t Make Her Jealous
You probably know by now that cats are territorial creatures and they will fight for space, food, toys and even their owner’s attention. If you have more than one cat, jealousy might be part of their life, especially when it comes to the attention you give them. So make sure you offer your furry little friends the same amount of time, care and attention, and don’t favor one to the detriment of the other.
In general, try to pay attention to the the signals your furry little friend will give away, including sounds or body language, as you’ll find out a lot of clues about what they like and what they dislike. Respect those and all will be fine.