10 Things Cats Hate But Can’t Tell You About
Some cats are more finicky than others, and just like us, they have their own likes and dislikes. However, some things are more universally hated among cats than others. While cats might not be shy about showing their disapproval at the new food you have brought or the scratching post you spent a fortune on, they cannot always make their dislikes as clear as they might want. This is where it helps to understand some of the more general things that all cats, or at least the greater majority, hate.
Loud and unexpected noises are among the most common sounds cats hate. It is easy to understand why this is the case. Imagine a car backfiring right behind you and how much that is likely to make you jump. Now put yourself in your cat’s position; consider their smaller size and more sensitive hearing. It is no wonder that even a loud sneeze can send them running. Among the noises that affect most cats are fireworks, thunder, screeching tires, and other car noises, raised voices, and loud children.
Dirty Litter Boxes
No one likes sitting on a dirty toilet, and asking your cat to use a dirty litter box is pretty much the same thing. The only difference is that their sense of smell is 14 times greater than ours, and they need to stand in the box to do their business. Dirty litter is one of the main smells that cats hate; it is also one of the easiest to solve. Simply change out the litter box regularly and keep it clean. Litter box avoidance is the easiest way to tell if your cat is unhappy with its litter box. However, if you are keeping it clean, and it is still not being used, then look for alternative problems such as its position and speak to your veterinarian about health conditions that can cause litterbox avoidance.
Other Cats Invading Their Territory
Cats are territorial by nature; they fiercely protect what they see as theirs. They may welcome new cats into the home, although begrudgingly, but if they see an unknown cat trying to enter the story is likely to be very different. The best way to deal with intruders in your yard is to distract your cat until they leave. This should stop the fur from flying. If you have territorial issues when introducing a new cat into the household, then ensure that all the cats have their own space that they can retreat to, including litterboxes, food bowls, and beds. Give each cat the same amount of love and time, and if things do not improve, discuss the issue with your regular veterinarian.
While dogs seem to love cars and the sense of adventure that the open road brings, cats are a very different story. If you have ever tried to get a cat into their travel box ready for a car ride, you know exactly what we mean, and that is only the beginning. Some cats hate cars so much that they cry, yowl, and even scream for the entire journey. Unfortunately, there are times when car rides are unavoidable, such as veterinary visits. There are some herbal cat calming tablets and sprays that might help alleviate some of your cat’s stress. Still, if they hate cars, then you may have to learn to block out the noise and take as few trips with them as humanly possible.
All cats react differently to strangers, but most are at least a little wary of them. Some run and hide, refusing to come out until long after they are gone. It is not just that they are a new person in their territory; it is also the new sounds and smells that they bring with them. The best way to deal with this is to leave your cat alone and let them come out in their own time.
Cats can be very picky when it comes to food. If their food has been out too long or has spoiled, they will refuse to go anywhere near it. You may think that it smells fine, but with their increased sense of smell, even the slightest spoilage will smell awful to them. As a general rule, canned food should not be left down for any more than 30 minutes. Once the leftover food is thrown away, the bowl should be washed thoroughly to ensure it smells fresh. If you are regularly finding leftover or uneaten food, then try reducing meal size, it may be that you are simply overfeeding your cat. If they are not eating or are losing weight, then a trip to the veterinarian may be advisable.
This is one that most people can sympathize with; taking medication is not a nice experience. Think how much worse it is when you don’t understand why pills or liquid are being thrust down your throat. Unfortunately, taking medication is something you cannot always avoid. Some cats manage well if pills are hidden in small amounts of food, and baby syringes are ideal for getting liquids far enough into the mouth that they cannot easily spit it out.
Most cats love being petted; however, if you are overenthusiastic or aggressive, then you risk being scratched or bitten. This is one of the main reasons why children should always be supervised with cats. Teach children to watch a cat’s body language while they are petting, if their tail starts flicking or their ears furl back, these are signs that they are not happy or comfortable. Don’t forget to look for these signs yourself, especially with a new cat who you are still getting to know.
One of the most common myths about cats is that they don’t seek affection or companionship. Generally, cats love attention, even if it is on their terms. If you are ignoring a cat that wants your attention, they will let you know. This usually involves either being very vocal or getting in the way of whatever is distracting you from them.
Of course, there are exceptions, but most cats do not like getting wet, either from the rain or from being bathed. While you can avoid the rain by having litter trays indoors, bathing is essential. Luckily for most cats, it is not something that has to be undertaken too regularly.
The Bottom Line
It is impossible to avoid all the things cats hate, some are necessary parts of life, such as car journeys. However, by learning more about your specific cat and their preferences, you can reduce the activities, smells, and sounds cats hate and improve the quality of life for both of you.