Cats are lovely but sometimes finicky creatures. They have individual personalities, and just like humans, certain likes and dislikes.
Every day that you spend with your new feline family member will help you explore those tastes and personalize your home to cater to your new cat.
However, there are certain things that across the board will make your cat anxious, jumpy, upset or myriad other emotions. (Yes, it’s true. According to Psychology Today, Researchers have found that your cat does feel very human-like emotions! )
To make your life and that of your cat easier, it is best to know the things that cats hate in advance of adoption, so you can avoid them or minimize their appearance around your cat.
So, what do cats hate? Dirty litter boxes, taking medications, competition from other cats and loud noises are all things cats hate.
Below, we’ll go over a list of the top XX things that cats can’t stand, so you can make sure to avoid these things and make your kitty more comfortable.
Cats Hate Car Rides
While your dog might love running errands with you, chances are, your cat would much rather stay at home.
Cats are creatures of habit (you’ve probably found your cat sleeping in the exact same place day after day or perhaps had to alleviate confusion if you’ve ever moved its food bowl). They don’t like leaving their home, their territory, and if they do they will likely be extremely anxious and upset.
That anxiety typically manifests itself in a physical way. Your cat might urinate or defecate in its carrier immediately upon getting in the car. Once the car starts moving, they could also vomit.
According to LiveScience, That could be due to the fact that your cat is nervous but also makes sense as researchers say that felines are more prone to motion sickness.
Just like a human baby cries when it is upset, a cat or kitten will mew when in an unfamiliar and upsetting situation, like a car ride. Unlike the small meow that you hear inside your home when your cat wants something, this will be a loud cry.
Unfortunately, car rides are necessary for most cat owners but there are things you can do to reduce your cat’s stress levels.
First, do make sure your cat is in a carrier. Second, bring another person to sit in the back seat and talk to your cat as a distraction will work wonders!
Third, you could consider giving your cat a natural calming aid (these can be purchased as treats from your local pet store) and covering the sides of the carrier, so your cat isn’t overstimulated.
Watch this YouTube Video about How to ride in a car with a cat.
Cats Hate Loud Noises
Barking dogs in the neighborhood, crying babies, thunderstorms, a train roaring past your house or even fireworks; all these things can really stress out your cat.
As we’ve said, cats are domestic creatures that love habit and being comfortable in their homes, so when they hear loud noises, they fear for their safety and become anxious.
Cats’ ears are extremely sensitive to sound. What goes unnoticed by us can be a big deal for a cat. While we hear 20,000 hertz of sound waves, cats can hear between 40-65,000 hertz!
For example, most cats hate whistling and other high-pitched sounds. They hate these sounds because they remind them of sounds they hear in the wild, perhaps from other small animals they compete with, or the sound of their prey.
Unfortunately, it’s not just loud noises that can cause anxiety in cats. Fluorescent lights, tea kettles, and even some LCD displays emit sounds that are utterly silent to humans, but very loud to your kitties.
To mask these sounds, or others (like thunder, a parade, or fireworks), try playing soft music or perhaps putting your kitten in a bedroom or inner room of your home when guests are over or loud celebrations are happening.
Cats Hate Taking Medications
Like most of us, cats don’t appreciate having to take medication for any ailment. They are very sensitive to flavor and can’t swallow a pill with water as a human can, so they end up having a mouth filled with medication.
In most cases, the medication is necessary for the cat to remain healthy. It can be very frustrating. Unlike dog owners who can hide pills in a pill pocket or peanut butter or cheese, cats will usually eat the treat and then leave the pill.
Save for shoving a pill deep into your cat’s throat, it seems there is little that can be done, and ultimately, this fight can negatively impact the bond between the owner and their cat.
There are some tips to help your cat take medication. First, many medications can be turned into a liquid form that’s tuna or meat flavored.
Some other medications can be made into a cream that you can rub into the cat’s skin and it is received transdermally. You can also crush the medication and put it in pill pockets or yummy soft food and see if that works too!
Watch this YouTube Video about How to Give Your Cat a Pill.
Cats Hate Getting Wet
Whether its water from a bath, a pool, or just getting splashed while their owner does the dishes, cats do not like water! Some cats do have a fascination with water.
They will dip their paws in a fishbowl or swat the water as it comes out of a faucet, but they don’t ever get close enough to get any other body part wet.
According to Animal Planet, Scientists believe that cats’ fear of water comes from the fact that most humans do not ever expose their cats to water.
Unlike dogs, who have to go outside even when it is raining, your cat likely never has to experience water besides drinking it. Therefore, it is easy to see why they would like this very unfamiliar substance.
If you’re concerned because you feel that your cat is dirty and needs regular bathing, think again! Cats do a great job of grooming themselves. They spend hours grooming all parts of their bodies, so it is not something most owners worry about.
If your cat did get into something and needs a deeper cleaning, you do have some options. First, try spot cleaning with a washcloth.
If that doesn’t work, take your cat to the tub and with warm water, clean from head to tail in small sections. If you have a kitten, it is advisable to give him or her a bath regularly so that it gets used to bathing.
Cats Hate a Dirty Litter Box
If you’ve noticed that your cat is peeing or pooping in places where he should not be, consider the cleanliness of his litter box. Just like humans who will skip out on a stinky portable restroom, cats don’t want to subject themselves to a dirty “bathroom.”
They want to be able to kick around the litter and find a fresh place to release.
There are so many variables that you can change to get your cats to use their litter box and stop accidents. First, know that experts advise that you have two litter boxes per cat if possible.
Second, clean the litter box daily, removing everything you find. Finally, using a clumping litter can help you better identify where your cat has urinated, making its removal much easier.
Try using different litters to see what your cat likes best. If they don’t like the litter, they will find somewhere else to go.
Finally, if you don’t have time to clean the litter box daily, there are some wonderful self-cleaning litter boxes available online and at your local pet store that is efficient and affordable.
Cats Hate Aggressive Pets, Especially on Their Bellies
Cats will come to you when they want attention. They are not shy about rubbing their face on your arm or leg or nosing their way into your lap while you’re watching TV. If you’ve ever tried approaching a cat to give them love, you know that they can be very temperamental.
Cats are extremely sensitive to touch, and because of that, there are only certain areas that cats want to be touched. If you want to show your cat some love, you should know that sweeping pets from the top of their head to their tails are not well-received by most cats. They prefer pets around their head, ears and necks.
One area to stay clear of is a cat’s belly. You might be used to a dog who pants and smiles over belly rubs, but cats are very different.
A cat’s tummy is a very sensitive, vulnerable area for them. Like a predatory animal, cats will immediately claw, cry and scratch at you if you attempt to rub their bellies.
Of course, there are exceptions, but especially if you are approaching a newly adopted cat or a friend’s cat, it is advisable to stay away from petting their midsection.
We know some of you can’t help yourselves, so check out the video below for tips!
Watch this YouTube Video about How to Teach a Cat to Enjoy Belly Rubs.
Cats Hate Other Cats
If you had a family cat and then adopted another one at some point, you have probably seen the complete disdain that your old cat has for the new one. It takes a lot of time and practice to get your old cat to like your new one. Why is this?
Cats are not typically fond of other cats. They are territorial and like to be in control of their domain. When they see another cat, they see it as competition for food, and in some cases, for the love and attention of their human.
You’ve likely heard of the term catfight. The term came about because cats who feel threatened by another feline will have an all-out attack on them, sometimes requiring human intervention.
In some cases, an indoor cat will feel anxiety because of an alley cat they see lurking outside and may take out that aggression on the other cats they live with.
To alleviate feelings of competition, make sure to see out the advice of your vet or of a trained animal behaviorist to find out the best way to introduce your new furry friends.
If there are lots of stray cats in your neighborhood, shut your blinds during the day when you are gone. Finally, if your cat is very upset, your veterinarian might be able to suggest certain medications or herbal supplements to temporarily ease your cat’s anxiety.
Cats Hate Too Much Attention
Cats enjoy giving their humans love, but they like to do it on their own terms. Especially if you have small children that chase your cat around or pet it aggressively, your cat is probably feeling anxiety and stress. As we’ve mentioned above, cats are very sensitive creatures that don’t always appreciate a loving touch.
If you have to chase your cat around your home, or if your cat is constantly hiding, take these indications as a sign that your cat is feeling overwhelmed by the attention and wants to be left alone.
Don’t let your feelings be hurt. Your cat will seek you out when he wants to love and allowing him to come to your on his terms will strengthen the bond between you.
Cats Hate Being Lonely
While cats do hate too much attention, they also really do enjoy being around their owners and value companionship.
Cats do march to the beat of their own drum, but they are not solitary animals and do enjoy being in the mix of things. You’ve probably noticed your cat seeking you out at home, especially if you’ve had a busy day.
That’s because he wants some love!
While cats can and are often left alone for long periods, far longer than a dog would be, they do get lonely. If you work long hours or are gone from your home for long periods of time, your cat will likely get restless and sad, especially if there is no one else home that they can play and interact with.
It is very important to set time aside in your day to spend time with your cat, even if it just talking with him or her, throwing a toy around or watching television together. This will strengthen your bond and make for even better behavior from your cat.