Cats are often frightened by unknown objects and situations but also by certain smells or sounds. These are the ten things that cats fear the most.
Cats are one of the favorite pets in Spain and also one of those animals that never cease to surprise us with their manias, routines, and even phobias. And in case you have not yet discovered it, cats can see dangers and be frightened in many situations that are unknown to them and even before objects or noises that they do not know. This is one of the reasons why, just as there are things that cats hate about humans, there is also a list of things and situations that you should keep away from your feline, especially if you want to avoid a situation of stress or nervousness and make sure that your cat is happy.
But to that fear for objects and unknown situations, we must also add that great sense of hearing and smell that cats possess. One of the reasons why what for us can be a loud fragrance or a loud noise, for them means a real nightmare. These are the ten things that cats fear the most.
Although there are exceptions and there are felines that love to get wet and even bathe, the reality is that the vast majority hate and flee the water. In these cases even if only a couple of drops fall on our cat, they will make him run out of the place at full speed. One of the theories that aim to explain this hatred of water of felines, has to do with their origin from desert areas and their little contact with water for a long time in the past.
The arrival of unknown people to their territory is another of the things that felines fear the most and that will surely make them run to hide in the first place they find around the house. The main reason for this rejection is that cats hate having to face unfamiliar situations and the arrival of a new person in the house brings new sounds, new smells, and new sensations that you probably had not experienced before. Give it time and little by little you will gain confidence and security.
3. Vacuum cleaners and dryer
Have you ever turned on the dryer or vacuum cleaner and seen your cat run away immediately? This is a more common situation than you imagine and the main reason for this is that loud noises are not pleasant for felines. The same goes for fireworks, firecrackers, or any other raised sound.
On the Internet, there are hundreds of videos in which cats are frightened by cucumbers. But beyond being a fear of cucumbers as such, it is related to the cats not usually encountering this type of fruit usually on the ground. For them that situation is something totally unknown and unusual, so as is logical they will be scared or even flee away from it. Although these videos may seem funny, the reality is that doing this will scare your cat, in addition to creating stress and anxiety, so the most advisable thing if you want to have fun with him is that you look for another healthier way to play with your feline.
Balloons are also another of those objects that cause dread to cats. And it is that felines do not understand how objects can float, in addition to seeing a balloon they do not understand very well what element it is or know how to identify it. This, together with the, therefore, can accidentally explode and cause them a great scare, making them one of those objects that you should keep away from your feline.
6. Strong odors
Strong smells are also on that list of things cats fear the most, as the smell is one of the most developed senses they have. The intensity of some smells such as onion, vinegar, alcohol, or gasoline, will not go unnoticed by them and possibly make them put themselves in an alarm situation and even move away.
7. Changes in routine
Usually, animals love to have their routines and cats are no exception. In fact, for felines, any change in their routines or even in their own space can be a cause for stress and fear. If you are planning to make a change, it is best to do it in a progressive way and be very patient so that your cat can adapt to that change in the best possible way.
Although there may be exceptions, dogs are another thing cats fear the most. Their presence can lead them to feel insecure and stressed, especially because of their barking and that habit of running after any cat or animal they encounter. Even so, by carrying out a proper adaptation process before, it is also possible for a cat to accept a dog at home and that there may be a good relationship between the two.
Like too loud noises, they are a cause of scare and stress for cats, the same goes for storms. The best way to avoid the stress of the feline during storms is to make sure to place it in a room where it can be as isolated as possible from the sound and even try to relax it with caresses, but respecting its space and if you need it leaving it to your own.
10. Fixed gaze
As in the case of dogs, cats also can’t stand you staring at them, as this can make them feel threatened. Something that can lead them to react in a violent way or even to flee.
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