would in nature. Cats need to climb
so they can observe the world, so
cat trees and/or climbing shelves
are essential. Cozy cat beds, toys,
and scratching posts will keep your
kitty from destroying your furniture,
unraveling your toilet paper, or otherwise causing damage to the things
in your home.
4/But I was sleeping there
Shoo your cat away from her warm
comfy napping spot, and you are
likely to invoke “the glare.” You
know that look – the one that tells
you that you just ticked her off and
you’d better beware.
You might discover that your cat
often naps in a place where you
spend a lot of time. Truly, it’s a compliment: She chooses those spots
because she can smell you there,
and it gives her great comfort to feel
close to you.
My cats are very good at giving
me the glare when I scoot them
from my office chair so I can work.
I do have a few comfy kitty beds
on my desk, so they’re often happy
to curl up in one of those instead.
Offer your kitties a comfy alternative to your chair, and she won’t stay
mad for too long.
5/You’re leaving without me?
I don’t travel often, but I remember
one trip in particular when I was
away for eight days. Although my
kitties were well-cared for by one of
my staff members, my Sadie made it
a point to demonstrate her displeasure. Once I arrived home and sat
down on my sofa, Sadie sat on the
arm of the sofa with her back to me
for about two hours to let me know
she was most displeased.
Of course, there will be times
you must travel, so be prepared to
be met with glares and stony silence
while you’re preparing to leave and/
or once you arrive back home.
To help soothe your cat while
you’re gone, leave something you’ve
worn and spread it out on your bed
to help your kitty feel your presence
while you are away. This especially
helps cats who experience separa-
tion anxiety. Be sure the person tak-
ing care of your cat gives her lots of
love and attention, so she won’t be
quite so lonely without you there.
Now, I can’t guarantee I have
covered everything that could possibly make your cat mad. Every cat
is unique and responds to things in
her own unique way. But I hope I
have helped you unlock some of the
feline mystery that surrounds those
pouty kitty glares and angry swats
that we sometimes unwittingly
evoke, as we are merely the humans
who love them.
Say hello to the last litter box
you will ever buy.
Rita Reimers’ cat behavior
counseling sessions have
helped many kitties remain
happy in their forever
homes. Visit her website,
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