4 Ways You’re Annoying Your Cat

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
It’s not a smart idea to piss off a pet that has no problem showing you her claws! Here are four ways you’re annoying your cat.

The last thing you want to do is annoy your loveable feline companion, but sometimes we all make mistakes and end up doing things that our kitties aren’t particularly fond of.

Could you be annoying your cat without realizing it? Check out the short list below so you can discover what you should avoid doing to keep your cat as content as possible.

Being Pushy-Affectionate

Your cat loves being pampered, and she’ll really enjoy a good snuggle session in your lap. And while your cat might also like it when you kiss her, if you overdo your affectionate behavior, you could instead end up annoying your feline friend.

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When it comes to cats, waiting for them to come to you is a good rule to follow, but keep in mind that every kitty is different. Some cats are perfectly fine with being picked up and given kisses, while others will make it a point to do everything they can to get out of your grasp as quickly as possible. The key is to simply spend time getting to know your cat and her limitations, and then respecting those boundaries so you don’t end up irritating her even though you’re just trying to love her.

Playing Music at a High Volume or Making Loud Noises

Playing music at a high volume might be what you like to do to unwind, but your cat probably doesn’t appreciate it at all. Thanks to their keen sense of hearing, cats are able to hear a lot more than human ears can. This means that their sensitive ears can be bothered by music that’s blaring from your speakers.

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To keep everyone happy, don’t force your cat to deal with painfully loud music; instead, give your cat a place to retreat to if you’re planning on playing your music loudly. If that’s not possible, lower the music to a reasonable volume or consider wearing headphones.

In the same way that loud music can bother your kitty’s delicate ears, loud noises in general can do the same. A loud TV, a loud child, banging pots and pans in the kitchen, etc., can all be really irritating to your cat. Giving your pet that much-needed quiet area of the house to retreat to is a good way to ensure she can escape even when you can’t avoid being noisy.

Participating in Super Short Play Sessions

Playtime is exercise time for your pet. She gets to release pent-up energy, test out her hunting abilities, and have some fun while bonding with you. So if you’re pulling out a cat toy to play with your pet for just a couple of minutes, you could be annoying her.

Generally, cats prefer playing until they’re tired out, as well as when they’ve been able to take down their “prey.” Simply giving your pet the chance to play to her heart’s content will help keep her happy, and you can even end your play sessions by giving her a treat to simulate the experience of stalking, killing, and eating prey.

Using Strong Fragrances

You already know that your kitty is far less likely to use the litter box if it’s dirty and stinky, so it should come as no surprise that your pet’s sensitive nose won’t appreciate other strong odors either, whether it’s your perfume, soap, an air freshener, or a cleaning product with a strong scent. Consider using products that are fragrance-free or that have subtle fragrances derived from natural sources; your cat will be grateful if you do.

Keeping your kitty happy might be more complicated than you thought, especially when you consider how your daily habits could actually be annoying your pet. Making a few tweaks to the way you do things, though, will ensure everyone will be satisfied.

Lisa Selvaggio
Lisa Selvaggio

Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.

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