Top 7 Things Cats Hate

  • 01 of 08

    Top 7 Things Cats Hate

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    Does your cat show obvious signs through body language that signals he or she is upset about something? Your cat's bad attitude could be caused by a dirty litterbox or not getting enough attention from you. Find out more about the typical pet peeves cats have and make friends with your cat again.

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  • 02 of 08

    Cats Hate Being Ignored by Their Humans

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     Cats are not solitary animals. They need and enjoy companionship both with other cats and their favorite humans. When you leave your cats alone too long, your cats may sulk or swat at you. One way to compensate for this behavior is to take several fifteen-minute breaks during your workday or weekend, when possible, to spend one-on-one time with your cat. Choose short activities with your cat during these breaks such as brushing them, playing with a toy, giving them a treat or simply petting...MORE them.

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  • 03 of 08

    Cats Hate Dirty Litter Boxes

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    Cats dislike stinky litter boxes. When the litter box is dirty, cats may search for unfavorable substitutes such as a corner of the carpet or a basket of clean laundry. Similar to humans, cats do not enjoy using "portable potties" commonly found in public places, so the best solution here is to fix litter box problems immediately. If you have a kitten, you may need to take the extra step of training your kitten to use the litter box.

    Your cat's sense of smell is fourteen times...MORE stronger than yours, so a litter box that smells reasonably clean to you may ​stink terribly. This step-by-step tutorial demonstrates conscientious litter box maintenance.

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  • 04 of 08

    Cats Hate Spoiled Food

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    Cats don't like spoiled food. Stale or spoiled canned food smells bad and is unhealthy for cats to eat. According to, some of the toxins cats can get from spoiled food include Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Salmonella.

    The length of time you can leave canned cat food out before spoilage depends on room temperature. In the summer, without air conditioning, leave the food out no longer than twenty minutes. Likewise, twenty minutes applies to winter time...MORE when the heater is on or the food is in a warm kitchen. The absolute maximum under optimum temperature would be thirty minutes.

    Kittens, who should be given smaller meals more frequently, will likely finish their meal before fifteen minutes. It is better to give them a tablespoon or two every three hours than to take a chance on spoiled food.

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  • 05 of 08

    Cats Hate Nasty-Tasting Medicine

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    Some pills taste so vile that cats literally foam at the mouth while swallowing them or spit them back in your face, especially if swallowing dry. A 2001 study in a veterinary journal states, "After 5 minutes, 84% of capsules and 64% of tablets are still sitting in the esophagus." The study also brought out the issue of esophagitis, which can be caused by the irritation of pills and capsules remaining in the esophagus for long periods of time.

    A sick cat needs medication to be well again....MORE In the case of certain chronic diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, medication is needed to maintain a stable condition. Testing one or more of the above methods of administering oral medications will make it easier for you and your cat.

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  • 06 of 08

    Cats Hate Overly-Aggressive Petting

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    Some cats are overly sensitive to tactile stimuli. Feline hyperesthesia is often associated with this. Your cat may be on your lap, sharing a tender moment as you are petting, and after a while may suddenly growl or hiss, bite or scratch you and jump down.

    Amy Shojai, CABC and former Contributing Writer on Cat Behavior, offered the following advice:

    "Cats accept grooming from other cats on the head and neck, and full body strokes may feel 'unacceptable' and stimulate the biting. Limit...MORE your petting to the cat’s head or the back of his neck. Then identify the cat’s petting threshold. In other words, count the number of strokes he allows before aggressing; watch his body signals so you stop before he bites."

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  • 07 of 08

    Cats Hate Competition From Other Cats

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    Whether it's the day-to-day hierarchy battles over food or privileges between two dominant cats, or jealousy that their human is paying too much attention to another cat, many cats hate competition from other cats.

    Amy Shojai describes hierarchy disputes, "In households where the cats get along very well, the 'top cat' position may change from room to room, with each kitty giving ground to the “owner” of the property only when s/he appears. Otherwise, the cats time-share and can...MORE all use the same favorite bed, for instance—as long as they get out if the 'owner' asks."

    Redirected aggression most often occurs when a family cat spies a neighborhood cat through a window. Angry because the cat is within its territory, but unable to attack, the house cat attacks the closest cat to him, such as another family cat.

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  • 08 of 08

    Cats Hate Loud Noises and Commotion

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    The holidays are often a stressful time for cats, especially those we have come to associate with fireworks, such as the 4th of July and New Year's Eve. Loud parties are also stressful for most cats, especially the older ones.

    Thunderstorms are also a source of fear and stress for many cats. Some cats tend to panic and run to their bedroom or other sanctuaries, even when they hear a doorbell ring.

    Outside loud sounds are not the only type of noise that causes stress in cats. Family fights are...MORE worse for cats. Whether it's a fight over finances or mother-in-law problems, give your cats a break and take the fight outside the house.