Did you know why most cats just hate strangers? They see any other cats as competition for food, toys, and love. Or have you ever noticed they don’t like rubbing their belly? The most vulnerable area of a cat is his stomach, and protecting it is a basic instinct. So be gentle and respectful!
To understand the things cats hate, Cat Meow brings you this list of top 12 things cats hate so you can keep an eye out on what you need to avoid.
1. High-pitched Sounds
While cats hear low-pitched noises about as well as we do, they can pick up high-pitched sounds much better than humans. Their range goes even beyond that of dogs.
Ambulance sirens, loud music, hairdryers, vacuum cleaners, or even your phone’s ringtone are some of the high-pitched sounds that cats hate. All High-pitched noises to cats can come in ways you would not expect. This is another reason that we should never shout at our kitties as this only causes stress and anxiety.
2. Low Temperatures
Cats like temperatures of 20 degrees higher than human’s ideal temperature. In fact, a cat’s coat isn’t made to protect them from low temperatures, it actually protects their delicate skin from extreme heat.
You may think cats need a bath, Unlike dogs, they don’t. cats bathe themselves. And think of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Many modern domestic cat breeds come from arid countries around the Middle East or Asia. No one really knows, but the theory is that a lack of water in their breeding makes them intolerant of getting wet.
However, here is another piece of advice. cats like to drink always freshwater, this means that you have to put out fresh water for your feline every day in a clean dish. If they don’t drink enough water your cat can get a urinary tract infection.
You probably have watched videos of cats getting scared of cucumbers, but what actually happens is that your cat isn’t afraid of the cucumber itself, but it is the fact that they are surprised by the cucumber that appeared next to them without they noticing it. Cats tend to fear the unknown, as they can pose a threat or predator, and in the case of cucumber, a snake.
Although some may find it funny, surprises cause anxiety and fear in your cat. It’s best to look for other ways to have fun with your pet.
5. Stale Food
You may think that dry or wet food lasts for several days, but it doesn’t. Cats love and will eat fresh food that is newly opened. But they won’t touch it after that, they need to eat daily, but not in the same way as dogs do. If your cat is picking at their food, they are telling you they don’t like it because it may be stale. Or they don’t like the flavor.
6. Dirty Litter Box
Cats devote a large portion of their day for self-grooming, they are extremely clean animals, They hate dirty litter box, grimy toys, or unclean water bowl.
Cleaning your cat’s litter box every day will make for a happy cat that loves to use the bathroom in the right place.
7. Certain Smells
One of the smells that cats can’t tolerate is gasoline. This is why if you take your cat to the vet, make sure the tank is filled beforehand. Cats also can’t tolerate the smell of onion or vinegar.
But there’s more. Menthol, wintergreen, and mint are also scents cats can’t handle, lavender, citrus, rue, rosemary, mint, and cinnamon.
Cats do not like strangers or surprise visits. They like to feel they are in control of the territory around them. Strangers bring a lot of new smells and signs that they have yet to explore.
Cats usually hide from an unknown or stranger person or animal, However, if they have been socialized since they were little, they usually don’t mind strangers as much.
Animal experts suggest that your cats need to be around your friends and family. Not the other way around.
9. Lack of routine
Routines are very important because cats are very sensitive to change. Cats like to be in control of their environment and a small change can unbalance them entirely. So, if you need to make changes to your house, or move to another place, make sure you prepare your pet in advance.
10. Riding in a Car
Cats do not like getting in a car because it breaks up their daily routine of being at home. Cats don’t love car ride unlike dogs, who love a good car ride. They get very stressed out when confronted with situations that are uncomfortable.
So if you have to take your cat to the vet, get them a comfortable towel they have snuggled in and then put them in a carrier. Preferably one they have slept in overnight. This will make them feel like they are still in their own space.
Cats don’t love balloons, to them, a balloon of any kind looks like an intruder that may hurt you or them. Keep in mind, if a cat finds a large insect or mouse, they have a chance of defeating it. With a balloon, they just get scared because they can’t overcome it, they see balloons as a threat they can’t defeat.
12. Posing for photos
If you are a cat lover, you may want to have some cute photos with your cat in a selfie.
But let’s think about real life for a moment. Your cat does not want to be posed. They also don’t want to be put in a costume for a photo.