Cats are cute little smart pets, well-behaved, and flexible. When cats spend a lot of time with their owners, they develop a strong sense of dependence on people, just like human children depend on their parents, so many cat owners affectionately call their pets "fur babies". Humans will use hugs, kisses, and other ways to express their love for their children. These are normal behaviors among humans, but not necessarily for cats, or maybe it's just wishful thinking on the part of humans. The following behaviors are normal for humans but annoying for cats, and even make them feel pain, so cat owners should pay attention!
I.Various sudden changes and things.
It is well known that felines are extremely territorial, and so are cats. If a cat sees its home as its territorial sphere, it will be very sensitive to any changes within this environment. People who have had cats have felt that if you add something new to your homes, such as new furniture, new items, a new delivery, or even a new piece of A4 paper, when you put it in a more obvious location in your home, it will not take long to find your cat running out of nowhere. It will slowly and carefully walk to the item, take a closer look, then smell it, and finally rub which is considered to be at ease with the new object. Therefore, I sometimes jokingly call my cat the "little housekeeper" because if there are any new changes in the house, it must come to the front to take a look, smell, and rub a little. So, if there are some sudden changes in the home, the cat will be very annoyed, including the location of furniture, the arrival of strangers, a new environment (including moving), going to the vet, etc.
We have all seen documentaries like "Animal World" and in the wild, felines like tigers, cheetahs, and wildcats are usually "loners". As one feline, cats are no exception, they are very independent and usually like to keep to themselves. Although this is not absolute, it is true for most felines. Therefore, the forced socialization activities that humans take for granted to cats usually cause resentment or even strong stress reactions. These behaviors include: bringing home strange pets (including cat kind), forcing cats to engage with strangers, forcing them to go out, etc.
Hugging is a way to express love between humans, but this way is not applicable to cats. Because when humans hug a cat, they usually touch its abdomen or expose its abdomen, which is the most vulnerable part of the cat, and when this part of the body is touched or exposed, the cat will have a strong sense of insecurity. Some new cat owners hold their cats before they have established a trusting relationship with them, which may lead to fierce resistance or even direct aggression. So, if your cat won't let you hold it, don't force it. But then again, if your pet cat consciously lies down in front of you and deliberately exposes its belly for you to pet, it means that it has fully accepted you and considers you like family.
IV.Treating cats like dogs
Dogs and cats are two completely different animals. Some cat owners have had dogs before or still, have dogs, and when they have cats, they will treat them in the same way as dogs. For example, walking cats every day like dogs, asking cats to be as warm as dogs, bathing cats as often as dogs, hitting cats as much as dogs, etc. Many of these behaviors do not matter to dogs, but to cats they may cause strong stress reactions or even cause aggression.
V.Train your cat like you train your dog
Now, people have gained a lot of experience he training dogs. But what about training cats? How many successful cat training cases have you seen around you?. The fundamental reason is that dogs have been domestic pets for a longer time in human history. But cats are completely different, using dog training methods to train cats is very ineffective. For example, the punitive measures commonly used in the dog training process, if used on cats usually lead to even worse consequences. Water spraying, which is commonly used in dog training to correct a dog's movement or behavior, will only cause the cat to avoid the trainer, but will not significantly improve the wrong behavior. Positive reinforcement training, which is very useful for dogs, is also not as effective in cats. Therefore, if you have to train a cat, positive reinforcement may be effective, and more encouraging words and rewards might give better results.
VI.Dress up the cat as a human child
Some cat owners are very fond of their cats, especially female pooper scoopers. One of the things they usually like to do is to dress up their pets like human children. But in reality, cats don’t like this and do not understand it. Owners who have done so may find that their cats become stiff or simply motionless after wearing the small clothes and can't even walk.
VII.Cats become Internet celebrities
In the era of self-media, many pooper scoopers like to post videos of their cute cats on the Internet. Some of the videos are indeed very cute, but there are some funny videos of cats that can cause some concerns. These videos may look funny and comical, but to an insider, it is obvious that the cat is frightened, extremely stressed, or even has developed aggressive behaviors that humans take as humorous.
Some cats have been harmed or even killed as a direct result of such videos. In summary, although cats are cute and adorable, inappropriate human behavior can harm them. If you want to keep a cat, please learn more about cat body language and general knowledge of cat ownership. You can't just love cats, you also really need to understand cats so that you can live a healthy and happy life together!