Cats have an entirely different set of rules than we do, and if you aren’t paying close attention, you might miss those subtle
signs that you’re making her mad.
There are some universal things
that tick off just about every cat on
the planet. If you understand these
things, you’ll probably avoid upsetting your kitty about 98 percent of
1/Touch my feet at your own risk
Feline feet are sensitive, and those
little pink paw pads can even be a
bit ticklish. And cats use their feet
and claws to defend themselves,
so you just might be triggering that
“fight or flight” reflex when you
With some time and patience,
you can gradually get your cat used
to having her feet touched. Choose
a time when your cat is relaxing
on your lap, then touch and gently
squeeze her feet just for a moment.
Hold them for a moment or two,
then stop. Do this daily, and soon
you should be able to touch those
cute feet without starting a war. This
exercise will also help her get used
to her feet being touched so you
can clip those claws.
2/Something stinks If there’s one thing that
will universally upset every cat, it’s
a dirty, stinky litter box. I’ve met a
few people who don’t scoop daily
– or worse, they don’t scoop at all
but dump out the used litter weekly instead.
Cats can be finicky about where
they will “go” and where they won’t.
With their sense of smell being some
14 times greater than ours, imagine
what they smell when the box
goes unscooped for even a day.
(Think outhouse!) It won’t take
your cat long to find another
place to “go” and, believe me,
the place she chooses will not
make you happy.
Do yourself, and your cat, a
favor, and scoop that box daily!
3/There’s nothing to do
If you come home from a long day
at the office to find that your cat
has run amuck, knocking things over
and making a general mess of your
house, I guarantee that she’s trying
to tell you something: She is bored.
As a cat behaviorist and cat-sitting
company owner, I’m amazed at the
number of homes I visit that don’t
even look as if a cat lives there. No
toys, no cat trees, no kitty beds, no
scratching posts; nothing that wel-
comes the feline soul and makes her
feel like a part of the household.
This really sets your cat up
for failure, as she will find
other things to keep her
feline curiosity satisfied.
Cats need things
in their environment
that not only keep
them occupied but
that also allow them
to use their natural
feline instincts as they
5 THINGS YOU DO
A NEW CATTITUDE BY RITA REIMERS, CAT BEHAVIORIST