10 Mistakes You're Making With Cats

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If you find felines to be fickle friends, chances are there are some behavioral adjustments that need to be made — and not by the cat! These common mistakes humans make when it comes to cats may surprise you.

1. Petting without permission.

Let your cat tell you when they want to be petted, and stop when they've had enough.


2. Interrupting a snooze sesh.

Cats need anywhere from 14 - 18 hours of sleep a day, so waking a napping kitty is a bad idea.


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3. Overlooking the wiggling tail.

Cats use their tails to communicate and a wagging or wiggling tail is a sign of immense displeasure.


4. Don't stare, it's rude (and aggressive).

Staring lovingly into your cat's eyes doesn't have the result you may be going for. Cats consider prolonged eye-contact the signal for a fight.


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5. Listening to loud mew-sic.

Cats have sensitive hearing, so your heavy metal might be putting your feline in a funk. Try this music for cats instead.

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6. Wearing strong-scented perfumes.

There are several smells that cats despise — like eucalyptus, citrus, and citronella. So if you are partial to wearing or using those smells, stop.


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7. Not cleaning the litter box enough.

A cat who wants a pristine litter box isn't prissy. Sure, he doesn't want to get his feet dirty, but his instincts are telling him to hide his strong scented waste from predators and a messy box makes it much more difficult.


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8. Meowing back to your cat is nonsense noise.

Cats will vocalize to communicate with their humans, and while their sounds mean something to them, your human meows are basically gibberish. Doesn't really mean you have to stop, but you sound ridiculous.


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9. Changing your cat's routine.

Be patient with your feline. She doesn't like too much change so when you want to try something new, take it slow.

10. Ignoring your cat.

Sure, cats don't like when you pet them without permission, or stare at them, or surprise them. But that doesn't mean you should ignore them completely!