Feline psychology: Here’s a closer look at why cats seem “mean” most often than not.

Cats are commonly viewed as aloof and independent creatures, but they can also be quite affectionate and loyal. That said, cats may also appear to act in ways that humans perceive as “mean.” In reality, cats are simply behaving according to their natural instincts and motivations.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why cats can seem mean and what we can do to help them feel more comfortable and secure.

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Reasons Why Cats Can Seem Mean

If your cat is often showing signs of meanness, here are some reasons why cats can seem mean:

Fear: cats are naturally skittish animals, and they can become scared or anxious when they’re in unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations. If a cat feels threatened or scared, it may lash out with hissing, growling, or even biting. As a result, they may be perceived as mean if they’re not brought out of their negative state of mind.

Stress: cats can become stressed when they’re in a new environment or when they’re around unfamiliar people or animals. This can cause them to act out in aggressive ways. Because of this, they’ll also likely be perceived as mean if they snap at you or other people in your house.

Territoriality: cats are territorial animals, and they may become aggressive if they feel their territory is being threatened. This can be especially true if there are other cats in the home. In these situations, they may become hostile and intimidating if they feel like they’re being attacked.

Pain: cats can become aggressive if they’re in pain or discomfort. This can be due to an injury or illness, or even just a sore spot from grooming. Because of this, they’ll also likely be perceived as mean if they give you dirty looks or carry on violently or aggressively when they feel like they’re in pain.

Boredom: cats can become bored if they don’t have enough stimulation or if they’re not getting enough attention. This can lead to them acting out in aggressive ways. For example, they may decide to groom you in a threatening manner or heave a “no” at you.

Provide A Safe And Secure Environment

Make sure your cat has a safe and secure place to call their own. This could be a cat tree, a bed, or even just a cozy spot in the corner. It can make all the difference in your cat’s life if they have somewhere where they feel comfortable and safe.

Give Them Plenty Of Attention

According to The Spruce Pets, cats that have a close bond with their human owners also can be sensitive to your feelings of stress and act accordingly spend time with your cat every day, playing with them and giving them lots of love and affection. Let them know that they’re loved.

Provide Plenty Of Stimulation

Make sure your cat has plenty of toys and activities to keep them entertained. This could include scratching posts, catnip toys, and interactive toys. These can keep your cat’s mind busy and keep them from feeling bored.

Make Sure They’re Getting Enough Exercise

Make sure your cat is getting enough exercise by providing them with plenty of opportunities to run and play. This will help them to stay healthy and happy.

Visit The Vet Regularly

Make sure your cat is up to date on all their vaccinations and check-ups. This will help ensure they’re healthy and happy.

What Can You Do To Help?

Cats can seem mean for a variety of reasons, but it’s important to remember that they’re just trying to communicate their needs. By providing them with a safe and secure environment, plenty of attention, stimulation, and exercise, we can help them feel more comfortable and secure.

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Written by: Patrick Okoi, Wed, Jan 18, 2023.


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