Cats, Like People, Can Be Grouchy and Neurotic

Cats, Like People, Can Be Grouchy and Neurotic

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    Like people, cats have varying personalities and temperaments that can change based on circumstances and age. The environment and the people in and around where a cat lives play a factor as well in whether your cat is a grouch, neurotically running around and hiding under beds, or an attention fiend.

    Cats Reflect Your Attitude

    If you’re always stressed or always angry, cats can pick up on these feelings and emotions. Your cat doesn’t always know that the emotion is not directed at them, so keep that in mind. A negative environment can anger or even depress a cat that doesn’t know what to do to alleviate the tension. Dogs also have a similar response that can be even more drastic than cats, but the feline response to family members dealing with emotional crises can lead to grouch issues for your cat as well.

    Certain Breeds Are Less Prone to Neuroses Than Others

    In contrast to the cats that reflect human turmoil, some cats, like humans, have strong personalities or excellent temperaments that are not as susceptible to anger or frustration from the angst of human companions. Breeds that are especially good at this include the Siamese, Domestic Shorthair Tabby, Tuxedo, Devon Rex and the Sphinx.

    Lack of Routine Can Cause Stress

    Particularly in older cats, routines are essential for felines. They like humans to wake up at a certain time each day and provide food consistently at a set time each day. Older cats that do not have the comfort of a routine tend to become more stressed. Set 5 minutes aside each day at a specific time when you know you’ll be free to groom your pet and give them the comfort of routine affection. It’s also okay to groom your cat additional times outside this timeframe.

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