The Top 4 Reasons That Your Cat is Mad at You......
Does this cat look happy? That’s my cat, Carlos. He’s been a little miffed at me. Has your cat been a little “off” lately? As an advocate for cats, I don’t actually believe that cats get angry or feel vengeful towards their humans. That said, they are sensitive and can react when their environment changes or their needs are not met. So, with “paw in cheek”, here are the top 4 reasons that your cat might be mad at you.
1. Change in your routine – Anyone who has had a cat as a roommate knows that cats like to be in control of their environment. Cats like the activities of their human to be predictable and routine. Have you been working more? Spending more time away from home? Or even, oddly enough, spending more time at home? This change in your routine can be unsettling for your cat.
2. More company than usual – Lots of cats are very outgoing and are thrilled with guests in their environment…but not all cats feel that way. Strangers in their territory can be very stressful for some cats. If your cat doesn’t like company, don’t force it. Provide your cat with the privacy that he or she needs to endure your human trespassers and ask that your guests respect your cat’s boundaries.
3. Toys are getting stale – Cats need lots of stimulation from their environment and toys are a big part of it. But leaving all of the toys out all of the time cat make your cat yawn with boredom. To keep things interesting for your cat, rotate their toys every couple of days. If you want to up the ante, store the toys that are out of rotation in a clean cookie tin and sprinkle in some fresh catnip.
4. Not honoring the hunting instinct – Cats are born hunters. That’s just the way that mother nature made them. When we bring cats indoors and remove the opportunity for them to hunt, it leaves a void in their life. Some cats cope with this well and spend more time sleeping, other cats find this very stressful and cats start to act out. Whether your cat is coping well or not, make no mistake, they are missing it. You can release mice and lizards in your home (hehehe)... or you can find a civilized way to replicate the hunt in your indoor environment.