No wonder cats are the most popular pets around the world but what are THE MOST COMMON ERRORS THAT YOU DO WITH CATS: they are adorable, mysterious and fascinating. We could watch them for hours as they move with grace and agility, and we love to cuddle them and spoil them with bites and caresses. But are we sure we really know our cat?
Anyone who lives with a cat loves him, often to folly, and attentively fills him. However, sometimes these attentions may occur to be excessive or incorrect, and they may end up irritating them. Are we sure that we understand what he may hate? Here’s a list:
1) Cuddles and caresses (if too much) The major difference between a dog and a cat? It’s in an ancient saying: “If a dog jumps in your arms, it’s because it loves you; it’s because your lap is hotter if a cat does it.” Dogs, in reality, love cuddles almost always; cats when… They feel that way. Caught, stroked or tightly followed for many cats is a cause of pressure. They inform us when they want our toes to be careful, meowing or rubbing. We pay attention to their body language to control ourselves: if our affectionate gestures make them uneasy, a little attention is enough to comprehend.
2) Lack of attention There are shy cats and cats who like to be the focus of attention, but they all have one thing in common: they don’t want to feel abandoned. Even if our obligations force us away from home for many hours, leaving our cat can only be a long-term issue: anxiety about abandonment can lead to a crisis of aggression, with harm from the litter to objects (from scratched sofas to “accidents” outside). So let’s not forget to spend 10 minutes with our cat when we come back from work: he’ll create him happy and relaxed, but we’ll do that.
3) “Invaders” in their territory Cats are territorial creatures and any fresh presence in their territory can be a cause of pressure; applies to kids (who love cats very much but are often not loved in exchange) but also to dogs or other cats. If you take home a fresh one, even if you’re a dog, pay attention to how the two interact: even fierce fights and battles can be caused by the instinct to establish itself as an “alpha” instance.
4) Loud noises Horns, thunder, fireworks, shouts or loud music, but also abrupt sneezing, can alarm a cat and cause its aggressiveness: it is a response to fear and a sense of risk. If we can’t prevent noise outside, let’s at least attempt not to close the gates or shout in the house’s walls.
5) Cutting the claws This practice, which may seem normal to us, is a cat’s trauma that can experience severe pain and become stressed and vulnerable. The cut is not particularly suggested for cats used to go outside, as it deprives them of their natural defenses.
6) Travel Cats do not like to travel at all: they enjoy their routine and their territory from their habit animals. Moreover, even physically, with episodes of vomiting, a moving car can generate stress and pain. The carrier is indispensable if we really have to move with our cat: an animal in his arms can run away and jump into the car’s cockpit like a loose cannon, with severe hazards to us and to him!
7) Bad odors Cats don’t have an evolved feeling of smell like dogs, but it’s essential for them too. And if your smell is probably their favorite scent, there are others who don’t like it: better not to use them at home. Do cats smell more “hatred?” Citrus fruits, banana, vinegar, (well, not surprisingly), not new fish, and last but not least, other cats. Cats also love the smell of some crops, such as eucalyptus, which can be detrimental to them. Nature is prudent!
8) Caresses on the stomach Like us, dogs also have flaws: if we want to pet them, there’s a point on the body to avoid: the stomach. When they are touched in that region, which is the seat of all essential organs, their instinct makes them feel in risk. For our caresses, just behind the mustache, we choose the base of the chin, the ears, the tail, and the snout. The purr is not going to fail!
9) The cliché is true, of course: cats hate water. With a few exceptions: the Turco Van cat, a white-red race that swims in peace in the Turkish lake from which it gets its name. If this breed does not belong to your dog, it is better not to bathe him: he cleans himself on his own very well.
10) Don’t have room for yourself For a cat, it’s vital to have a “comfort area.” We need to build a corner for him-a kennel, a wardrobe, but also a lined cardboard box-where he can feel comfortable when he feels like it. Cats do not like forced contact with people, and it is a gesture of love and respect to give them room to be alone.
This list is likely not complete: because each cat has its own character and it surprises us with fresh passions, new gestures and fresh tastes every day, as every proprietor understands. It’s a challenge to know and observe them, but also a intriguing spectacle that makes them even more costly!