Most often, some of our well-meaning behaviors or things around the house can be off-putting for our feline friends. We’ve listed a few things that inadvertently annoy cats and how owners can navigate them.
Change of Environment
Dramatic lifestyle changes such as moving houses or a new baby can be stressful for cats. Introduce new things gradually. Cats can take offense to the slightest changes in their environment – even the position of their litterbox. Make sure a new house or apartment is safe. Safety is a primary concern for cats who want to hide in the nooks and corners of the new space. If a new baby is coming home, help cats get used to the idea of sharing space with another human. Introduce baby smells, sounds, and other activities likely to happen when the baby does come home.
Like us, cats can get bored! Are they in a static home environment with no mental stimulation? Then they’re probably bored!
The monotony might become stressful over time. Bring new forms of enrichment or toys to keep their curious brains occupied.
Texture and Smell Sensitivity
Cats are sensitive to scent and texture. Most cats detest walking on strange and sticky surfaces. The good news is that owners can use this to help guide their behavior. If you’re struggling to get them off kitchen counters, ensure the surface is unappealing. At the same time, use scents like catnip or lavender to shift their attention to scratching posts. Most cats enjoy these smells and will happily follow them.
Interacting With Strangers
Our feline friends take a bit of time to warm up to new people. Let your cat sniff a stranger’s hand and watch how they behave after. A cat that wants attention will engage in social behavior like rubbing against the stranger’s legs. They might also try to sit with the new person. Cats that don’t want to interact usually walk away. Allow them their space.
Being Picked Up
Unless your cat is accustomed to being held by people, it’s likely that it won’t enjoy being held against its will.
For both your sakes, always wait until cats come to you. Cats are affectionate, but they want it on their terms!