Why does my cat run away from me?

The question ” Why does my cat run away from me? ” Should be one of the most frequently asked questions among tutors who have a cat for the first time. The tendency to see the animal as a small dog, or some beginner mistakes we usually commit, even when we are already veterans, can make our pet reject us every time we try to show our affection with caresses.

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This YourCatCareguide article will try to explain something more about the peculiar character of cats and the consequences that this can have on the interaction between humans and cats .

They are not small dogs

We know that they are carnivores, who are the second most common companion animal in our homes, who welcome us when they get home making us feel special and who, in their own way, enjoy our company. But cats are not small dogs of small size, an obvious question we often forget. Just as we urge children not to disturb animals by manipulating them without warning or insistently, we must understand that having a cat is like having a demanding boss: it will decide practically everything that concerns the interaction between he is his human.

For cats, our house is their home, and it is they who allow them to live with them. They mark people as their territory daily, rubbing our legs, which we understand as a sign of affection, and in their world is really … but a particular affection that makes clear who commands. For him, and in what fondness refers, we must understand that it will be the cat who decides how and when to let himself be cared and / or manipulated, showing his disagreement or compliance with multiple signs of feline body language (ear position, tail, pupils, sounds …) that tell us when to end or continue the session.

But my cat is like stuffed …

Of course, but that does not mean that there are many cats that are authentic furry mime bags that behave like the calmer of the dogs. The character varies greatly depending on the type of prevailing cat and there are already many studies that differentiate the European cat from the American cat in this sense.

Years of selection have made felines of company of smaller size and of character more similar to that of a dog in some places of the world. However, the so-called Roman cat (the most common in Europe) is not so different from the ones that jumped in the barns some centuries ago, and its personality is not similar to that of the gentile and huge American cats.

The wrong moment

We have a great tendency to try to reassure our cat with caresses when we see him in a stressful situation, but this can cause even more anxiety, make us avoid and therefore cause our cat to flee from us.

We all have the picture of our cat staring out the window, chewing the air as it stares at a dove. At that moment, you can see his tail moving wildly. Our attempt to caress may possibly end in a bite , since in this transient (or similar) situation, the poor kitten finds himself a bit frustrated as well as concentrated and the last thing he needs is a hand that lean on your back or head.

The novelties are difficult to assimilate on the part of the cats, so when faced with visits, changes in decoration, or changes, it is normal to avoid us when we endeavor to caress them to calm down, without previously giving space and time to get used to .

If you have just been through a very traumatic situation (a visit to the vet, for example), it is only natural that it takes a few hours to forgive this betrayal, to avoid or ignore us, just as when we have to give you several medications days, it will end up changing homes whenever we come in.

Zones prohibited and allowed

Cats are very receptive to caresses in certain areas and quite reluctant in other parts of the body. The most accepted areas are:

  • The neck.
  • Behind the ears.
  • Jaw and part of the neck.
  • Back of the loin, exactly where the tail begins.

As a rule, cats hate being cared for in their belly , it’s a helpless stance that does not give them much peace of mind. So if you try and ask yourself why your cat will not leave you, here is the answer.

The sides are delicate areas too and it is not customary for cats to cuddle in these areas. So, in order for our feline to let us share his space, we should start quietly identifying the areas that bother him during the touch.

Surely there are lucky tutors with cats who let them caress at will without stopping purring for a single minute and we are all very envious of them! But almost all of us ordinary mortals had or had a “normal” cat, who left us several bite-shaped scraps on the day or week when he was not in the mood for affection.

A marked character

Like every dog, every human or every animal in general, each cat has its own character , defined by the genetics and the environment in which it was created (son of a fearful mother, living with other cats and people in their period of socialization , stressful situations in its critical stage of development …)

Thus, we will find cats very sociable and always willing to interact with caresses and others who will simply keep us company a couple of meters away, but without giving us great confidence. We often associate these cases with an uncertain and traumatic past in the case of stray cats, but this type of timid and dull personality can be found in cats that have shared their lives with humans since the first minute of life and have siblings of the same litter relatively sociable.

Our attempts to accustom the cat to the manipulation can aggravate his distrust, working exactly the opposite of what we want, and in the end our cat will eventually leave under the bed to eat, use the litter box and little else.

How can you change the character of a cat?

There are behavioral changes that can be solved with the help of ethologists and or medication, but if our cat is elusive and timid , we can not change it, we can simply help fostering the moments in which it approaches us and adapting to them. That is, instead of trying to change our cat, we can help him adapt, and if that fails, we adapt ourselves to the situation.

For example, many cats love to go to their owner’s lap when he is in front of the television, but they get up straight away if he starts caressing her. Of course, what should be done in these cases is to enjoy this passive interaction, equally comforting, and not to insist on what he does not like, even if we never find out why.

And the hormones …

If our cat is not castrated, and the time comes for heat, it can go from everything: from cat tails that become super meows, to very sociable cats that begin to attack every human being that moves. And of caresses, neither speak!

Male cats can flee in our caresses when they are not neutered and the heyday comes because they are often busier to mark territory , drive away competition, escape through the window (with many tragic results) and follow their instincts, than socialize with people.

I adore

If your cat has always allowed himself to be cared for without a problem, with his better and worse days, but now he is out of touch or violent when you try to touch (that is, observe a clear change of character), it can be a clinical sign clear of pain and therefore the answer to the question “why my cat runs away from me” is among the following causes:

  • Arthrosis
  • Pain in any part of the body
  • Local burns that may arise due to the application of any drug
  • Wounds that hide under the coat … etc.

In this case it will be necessary to visit the veterinarian , who will discard physical causes and seek, after eliminating these possibilities, the psychic causes, with the help of the information you provide. We recommend that you read YourCatCareguide’s article on the 10 signs of pain in catsto supplement this information.

The dementia in cats is not as well documented as the dogs, but it is also possible that, over the years, cats change their habits as dogs. While we continue to recognize, the passing years can make them a bit more special and they decide to end the cares, or choose to avoid without any evidence of physical pain or psychic suffering … simply because they have become more grumpy, like some humans. However, it is necessary to prove that the origin of behavior is not a physical or mental illness.

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Emily Harris
 

Hi Guys, Girls, and Cats:-p I am Emily Harris, and you can see in above pic. She loves me I swear. I saved her from a dumpster a few weeks back.

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