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7 Human Behaviors Cats Hate

Reviewed by Dr. Alexis Seguin, DVM, MS, DACVIM on Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted October 15, 2015 in Cat Behavior

Cats come in all shapes and sizes and we share our homes with them to enjoy their wonderful, feline natures. But how do cats feel about living with us? While I think they enjoy being members of our households, cats are probably all in agreement that there are things we do that they wish we’d just stop.

1. Sudden changes

Cats can be very sensitive, particularly to changes in their environment. Cats would be happier if their humans took the time, particularly when they’re kittens, to acclimate them kindly to stressful events such as being put in a carrier and taken on a car ride. Even more stressful is a visit to the veterinarian where the cat will be handled in ways she may not enjoy. Desensitizing your cat to these situations and providing lots of reinforcement and concern for their point of view can go a long way to making these activities less of an emotional and physical drain for your kitty.

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Mychelle has more than 13 years of experience in the pet health industry and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2014.