Cat myth: are cats resentful?

Most of the time, it is people who either do not like cats or do not know them well, who consider the sweet fluffy noses to be resentful, vengeful or otherwise malicious. But even experienced cat lovers can sometimes get the impression that their cat is secretly reproaching them because the velvet paw has been disturbed in their rest, for example. However, these are misunderstandings in which the cat language is misinterpreted by us humans. If cats look resentful or offended, that's a misunderstanding - Shutterstock / Stefano Garau

Exceptionally, have you left your cat alone a little longer than usual and when you return she doesn't come to the door to greet you as usual? One could assume that the room tiger was insulted and resentful. But that is not correct.

Cats are neither resentful nor vengeful, but ...

Cats prefer it when everything takes its usual course and they have the opportunity to decide for themselves when they want to contact whom and when they don't. If something disturbs your routine or your calmness, you are irritated and this creates stress. Then the fur noses need a little time to overcome the irritation, to calm down and to understand that the disorder is over and overcome. Because of this, they may withdraw after the irritating event and only be trusting again when they realize that the routine has been reestablished.

In addition, cats have a fairly good memory and are smart enough to link cause and effect and draw their conclusions from it. For example, if a person repeatedly causes irritation by speaking very loudly, constantly disturbing the fur nose while sleeping, hugging without being asked or otherwise annoying, the cat remembers it in a certain way. Then it is quite possible that - depending on your personality - she withdraws and hides or the person affected hisses and scratches as soon as she approaches him. However, false expressions are vindictive and vengeful for this behavior, because they suggest that cats act maliciously in order to harm people or to punish them on purpose. This is complete nonsense! In reality, the kitty feels threatened and tries to defend itself or to bring it to safety.

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Interpreting cat behavior correctly: why does she look offended?

So these are important signals that your cat sends you when it appears resentful or upset. Instead of dismissing the behavior as a quirk or mood, it is advisable to take a closer look and search for traces of what your fur nose might have experienced as a disturbance. For example, have you left them alone too long? Then next time a cat sitter could be a solution, in the long term maybe a suitable companion as a play and cuddle companion, so that your kitty doesn't feel so lonely.

However, you may have accidentally disturbed her while sleeping or while she is at rest. Try to do household chores like vacuuming in the future when your cat is awake anyway. You should also resist the temptation to hug her, hug her, or even lift her when she is lying relaxed in her favorite spot. It is ideal if you can make this clear to other family members or visitors. At worst, anxiety can develop if cats are constantly annoyed and under stress.

When to the vet?

If you cannot find a reason why your velvet paw suddenly appears resentful and acidic, it may be sick. Apparent acts of revenge, such as peeing in bed or elsewhere outside the litter box, are possible symptoms of urinary tract disease, but may also be a sign of stress from bullying the cat's roommate or as a reaction to a new human roommate that disrupts the cat's routine. In general, you should always watch your pet's unusual behavior closely and if in doubt about the cause, go to the vet and have it clarified. If the dog is unable to detect an illness, the reason may be psychological and a cat psychologist can help you.

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