Cats are unique and have their own individual personalities. Most cat owners will know a few things there beloved cat likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, we cannot eliminate everything they hate but it helps to know what these are so it can be managed or avoided if possible.
Here are 10 things to consider
- Stale Food
Like humans cats are fussy with their food. They don’t like stale food that has been left out all day. If your cat is leaving food in the bowl you may be feeding them too much. Try reducing the portion and throw away food leftover after 30 minutes. Ensure you wash your cats bowl after each meal, so the next meal smells fresh.
- Loud Noises
Many cats are scared of loud noises such as fireworks, thunder storms, hail, very loud parties and humans arguing. The easier way to know if your cat hates any of these things is that they will run away and hide in their safe place.
- Heavy and rough petting
Ensure when you pet your cat that you use a light touch as most cats prefer this. Avoid petting too hard, as this can upset your cat and lead to you getting scratched or bitten as that’s the only way she can tell you to stop. Always observe your cat’s behaviour.
- Car Rides For cats that dislike car rides there isn’t a lot that can be done, if your cat likes the car then you are blessed
- Smelly Litter box
Cats have an extraordinary sense of smell, 14 times greater than ours. We humans are very clean; we flush the toilet after every use. A smelly litter box will upset your cat. To avoid this displeasure, change the litter box regularly and provide the type of litter they prefer
Most cats hate water, very few breeds love water. As cats tend to keep themselves quite clean most cats don’t need to be bathed as regularly as humans or dogs.
- Car Rides
Cats dislike car rides so avoid them at all costs. Sometimes these trips are unavoidable such as a trip to the vet.
- Cats territory
Cats are territorial and they don’t like when other cats encroach upon it. Most cats in multi cat households learn to share their area and get along. Cats notice inequality amongst other cats, so it’s important to treat all cats the same.
Some cats hate strangers, they run & hide when they hear a knock at the door, footsteps or a car coming into the driveway. Other cats are very sociable and are unfazed by strangers.
- Taking Medication
Most cats hate been fed medicine however, when they are sick they have no choice. Pill pockets work for some cats; some coat the tablet with a little butter or cream cheese. Avoid making them swallow a pill dry
We all know the story, as soon as the water comes, the cat disappears, there are a plethora of cat videos on You Tube showing cats that have fallen into a bath or any water containing vessel and the scrambling hysteria that ensues.
Why is this ? Watching a documentary the other day on an animal channel I noted that the likes of Jaguars and Tigers are excellent swimmers and actually hunt in the water at times and then there is The fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia.
Another water loving feline is the Turkish Van cat, who actually loves a good dip in the water, so you should, invest in a little paddling pool if you own one of these lovely creatures.
The above are examples of cats that absolutely are great swimmers and have no problem with water.
What about our beloved pets, why is it that our domestic cats are so anti – water?
Well part of the reason is nature and the other part is nurture. Cat’s in general were desert dwelling creatures, so water in general is foreign to them. On the nurture side….. the answer lies in the way they are raised, we protect our kitties from the water, they have warm dry shelter from the rain and storms and any water sensation is new to them, now and then you get a curious kitty who loves the water and will place their paws into the running tap water out of sheer curiosity.
It’s best to expose your kitty slowly while they are kittens to water, and see the reaction and be sensitive to their response.
If your kitty enjoys the water and seems intrigued then you can progress with water exposure, if not then we don’t suggest progressing with water exposure as you will just stress out your kitty.
How come your cat is picky when it comes to food ?
You generally find that changing your dog’s diet is one of the easiest things to do in the world dogs just seem happy with what is fed to them, the grateful loyalists that they are.
Enter the cat….Try change his or her diet and you will probably be on the receiving end of a rather haughty, arrogant and somewhat insulted response.
Cats seem to have an instinct for what is food and what isn’t, and they also seem to know what nutrients their bodies need as is evidenced by a number of studies on cats and cat nutrition.
Cats from when they are kittens, seem to associate certain shapes and colours, with what is identified as food, this is a survival instinct, but not that necessary for today’s cats in modern homes.
Sometimes it becomes necessary for various reasons to change your cat’s diet, but in doing so, the survival instinct kicks in, and the difficulty of changing the food arises. Your cat thinks you are trying to feed it plastic or something when you offer him or her an alternative type of food.
So what do you do?
The trick is in offering two types of food to your cat, the food you are wanting your cat to switch to and the food that your cat normally eats, the food you are wanting to switch your cat too should be offered first, and left for up to an hour and monitor whether or not the cat eats, if your cat doesn’t then switch back to the food he or she normally eats, generally a few days of doing the switcheroo described above should be good enough, if this does not work, well then we need to switch to plan B.
Plan B is to place the new food on top of the old food and let the cat get used to the smell and look and taste of the new food, it is not advisable to mix the new food in with the old food because this will just create confusion and the cat will never really get used to the look and smell of the new food.
Over time the new food should form a larger portion of the total meal, moving from a topping to half the meal and eventually to the full meal, this takes time and planning and patience.