1. Give Them Attention… But Not All The Time
Cats are fantastic pets since they are self-sufficient and independent. They don’t require constant human interaction.
Why, then, do so many of us strive to cram as much attention into them as we can? And are cats, in fact, enjoying it?
Cats are hunters. They are apex predators, which means they are at the top of their food chain and don’t often run from anything or anybody. They feel they must defend themselves.
That means that cats hounded by their owners, children, or other pets are just trying to protect themselves. Intruding on your cat’s hiding spot is only going to make it more fearful (and potentially dangerous).
2. Feed Them When They Want To Eat, Not When You Feel Like It!
Another common complaint pet owners have about their cats is that “I’m hungry, so they’re hungry!” That’s true for some people, but not all of us are the same. And if you are planning on feeding them, then know that your cat will tell you when it wants food!
Most people feed their cats at a specific time each day. If you want to ensure that they are getting the right amount of food, try feeding them around 4 times per day instead of 3. It will also assist them in keeping a healthy weight by preventing them from bingeing when they get the chance.
3. Don’t Pick Them Up When They Don’t Want To Be Picked Up
Cats are independent creatures, so you should allow your pet to come to you on its own terms instead of forcing affection whenever you have time for your pet.
When you do want to interact with your cat, then enjoy a little wrestling match together! Cats love physical contact, and it is a great way for them to get their energy out.
If your cat doesn’t like being picked up, don’t try to force it. Instead, give your cats attention when they are relaxed and calm.
4. Be Mindful Of Their Sleep Schedule
Most cats sleep about 16 hours per day, just like humans. However, that doesn’t mean that they can be awake and sleeping at the same time! Just as we need our solid 8 hours of sleep every night, cats also need to take those naps throughout the day.
If your cat is a famous napper, then make sure to check on them when they get tired. Batting around a toy or playing with a laser pointer together can really help to tire out even the most energetic of felines!
5. Don’t Expect Your Cat To Everything You Want Them To Do
Some cats hate cat carriers. They want to be in control in every situation. My suggestion is to make it a routine to spend time playing with them, petting them, and giving them treats when they are in the carrier.
You can even give them catnip or scented toys to create curiosity and leave the carrier open for short periods. If they get bored of the same thing every day, change it up with surprise treats.
6. Don’t Expect Your Cat To Act “Just Like A Dog”
Because cats and dogs have such distinct personalities, you should not expect your cat to behave like a dog. Cats may be trained, but training a cat is considerably more difficult than training a dog!
Dogs are social by nature, and they like spending time with their owners and playing around. Cats, on the other hand, are more reclusive and reserved. That does not imply that cats dislike being sociable; it simply indicates that you must provide them enough room while also engaging with them.
7. Don’t Force Your Cat To Share A Space If They don’t Want To
In general, cats have a lot of independence, and they don’t need to share space with other animals. In fact, it is hard for your cat to adjust to sharing space if they aren’t used to it! If you want another pet, make sure that the new creature will be good around cats before bringing them home.
8. Some Cats Really Hate To Take Their Liquid Medicines
You’ll be able to tell that cats despise having to take medicine. Giving your cat the medications they need to stay healthy is easier said than done, whether they have to take liquid medicine or pills. It all boils down to them not comprehending why, and being forced to take medicine can be quite frightening.
You can always trick your cat into taking liquid medicine by adding it to their food or water. You can also try giving your fluffy friend a little bit of tuna or another favorite treat as a distraction from the medicine!
9. Don’t Get Frustrated When You Can’t Figure Out What Your Cat Is Trying To Say
Occasionally, you may try to communicate with your cat, and all you get in return is a lot of chaotic meowing! This doesn’t always indicate that your cat is angry with you- it’s possible they’re attempting to tell you something but aren’t sure how.
Cats tend to use other senses besides their voices to communicate, so if you truly want to understand what your cat wants to tell you, then you need to listen closely.
10. Don’t Resent Your Cat For Things They Can’t Control, Like Getting Hair Everywhere
Cats have a lot of hair, and they will inevitably shed all over the place! You should try to brush your cat regularly so that they don’t wipe hair everywhere. However, if you find that grooming isn’t working for you or your cat, then there are several other things that you can do to prevent hair from getting everywhere.
You can try using a lint roller after leaving the room, vacuuming often, or not sitting on any particular furniture. If all else fails, you will just have to accept that there will be hair on your floor and furniture- it is just a part of having a cat!
Tips for Relaxing an Angry Cat
- Give your cat some space: If your cat feels overwhelmed or threatened, it may need some time to calm down. Leave them in a quiet room with food, water, and a litter box, and give them some time to relax.
- Use calming pheromones: Cats have scent glands on their face and paws that produce pheromones when they rub against things. You can buy calming pheromones in sprays or diffusers to help relax your cat.
- Try some relaxation techniques: Like humans, cats can benefit from relaxation techniques like deep breathing and massage. Gently petting your cat and slowly stroking their fur can help them feel calm and secure.
- Provide a safe space: Cats feel most secure when they have a place to retreat to. Ensure your cat has plenty of hiding spots and perches in your home to escape if they feel overwhelmed.
- Keep your own energy calm and relaxed: Cats are sensitive to the energy of their owners, so if you’re feeling stressed or agitated, your cat will likely pick up on that energy and become agitated. Try to take a several deep breaths and relax before interacting with your cat to help them feel more at ease.
Cats are fantastic pets, but they can be particular about how their spaces are kept. Some of these suggestions may not apply to your cat, while others might cause you to reconsider. Keep in mind that the purpose of this list is to provide helpful rather than harmful hints for your kitty!