10 Things your cat hates

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Water
    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.
  7. Car Rides
    Cats dislike car rides so avoid them at all costs. Sometimes these trips are unavoidable such as a trip to the vet.
  8. 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.
  9. Strangers
    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.
  10. 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

 

Swimming cats

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.


5 Things your cat shouldn’t eat

We love to spoil our cats but did you know that some foods we eat are really dangerous for cats. As a cat owner, it is important to know what is suitable to feed your cat and what can cause harm to cats, so that they can be avoided.

  • Alcohol– Never give your cat alcohol, just like us humans it can affect your cats brain & liver. Just a couple of spoons of alcohol could put your cat in a coma & kill them. Cats are not built to drink alcohol and eat alcohol filled sweets & foods.
  • Candy and Gum– Sweets and anything sweetened with xylitol should be avoided for your cat. Even tho you might be tempted to give your cat a little treat, a bit of cake or small sweet, you are better off avoiding them. Foods such as candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods and diet foods tend to contain xylitol. This increases insulin in the cats’ body which may cause blood sugar levels to drop. This can contribute to vomiting, lethargy, seizures, loss of coordination and more seriously liver failure. .
  • Chocolate We humans often love chocolate, but for cats it is not an indulgence they will often go for. Never give your cat chocolate as it contains theobromine, toxic for cats. If eaten it can cause heart palpitations, seizures and even death.
  • Dog Food– Most people think feeding your cat some dog food is ok. Whilst it isn’t going to hurt them it has not been formulated for them and it doesn’t meet their nutritional standards. Dogs are very different to cats, which are carnivores. Feeding your cat, dog food will mean your cat will be malnourished and not getting the vitamins & minerals it needs to thrive.
  • Fat Trimmings and Bones-It is quite common for cats to be fed scraps of the table, they can contain fat. Fat is dangerous for cats to eat. Cats eating fat can cause pancreatitis. Bones are also very dangerous as cats can choke even on cooked bones. Bones can also splinter causing cuts and can get caught in the digestive tract.

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Wondering why your cat is unhappy

Is your cat obvious about what he dislikes? Can you tell by his body language if he is upset? You may not realise that you are responsible for your cat’s unhappiness. Here are some common mistakes we make when caring for our cats.


1. Ignoring your cat

Many people think that cats enjoy being alone and left to do their own thing, although this is actually far from the truth. Cats enjoy socialising with their humans, and some like to mingle with other cats. Taking some time out of your day to hang out with your cat is important in establishing a good bond between you and your furry friend. If you have a long haired cat why not spend 20 minutes a day brushing and bonding with your cat? Or entertaining her with a wand toy.

2. Forgetting to clean the litter box regularly.

Some cats, just like some people, are more bothered by dirty surroundings and will stop using their litter boxes and search for an alternative solution such as a cupboard or even worse, a basket of clean laundry. Did you know that your cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than yours? Meaning that a litter box that smells clean to you may repulse your cat and lead it to do its business somewhere else.


3. Leaving your cats food out for too long.

Cats are like humans when it comes to food; fresh is always best! Cats won’t like eating canned food that has been left out for hours on end; and the smell is usually what deters them. Often people don’t realise that there are many toxins released from spoiled cat food which can be harmful for your cats to eat. These include salmonella, staph infections and strep! Just remember, It’s better to give them a tablespoon or two every three hours than to take a chance on spoiled food.

4. Petting your cat too aggressively

Cats are sensitive animals, even though they may seem fierce and independent at times. You may find that when petting your cat, she may suddenly hiss and then bite you. This is called feline hyperesthesia, cat behaviour specialist Amy Shojai recommends only patting your cat on the head and the neck until you work out your cats petting threshold.

5. Loud noises and commotion

Cats can be very vulnerable to loud noises. Thunderstorms, fireworks, arguments and other loud noises can be very stressful to cats, especially when a cat is left outside overnight. There are certain times during the year when your cats should be left inside, or away from the commotion. This may include, various holidays where fireworks are used, parties with loud music and lots of guests, thunderstorms and family fights as they are between people that cats love.