If you’re like most cat parents, you’ve probably wondered at least once why your cat avoids you. While there could be a number of reasons for this behavior, it’s important to remember that every cat is different. In this blog post, we’ll explore a few possible reasons why your cat might be avoiding you, and how you can try to create a better relationship with your furry friend.
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Reasons Why Cats Avoid People
Cats are independent creatures that often do their own thing. However, sometimes they may avoid people for various reasons. It could be that they are feeling sick, or they could be scared of something. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why cats avoid people.
Lack of socialization
One of the most common reasons why cats avoid people is because they lack socialization. Cats are social creatures, but they need to be around people from a young age in order to feel comfortable around them. If your cat didn’t have much contact with people when they were a kitten, they may now avoid people out of fear or wariness.
Other reasons why cats avoid people include previous traumatic experiences, illness, pain, and insecurity. If your cat is avoiding you, it’s important to take them to the vet to rule out any medical causes. Once you’ve ruled out any underlying health problems, you can work on helping your cat feel more comfortable around people. This may include gradual exposure to people, providing lots of positive reinforcement (like treats and petting), and giving them a safe place to retreat to when they feel overwhelmed.
Fear or mistrust
The reasons behind a cat’s avoidance of people can vary from mistrust or fear to simply not being socialized properly. In some cases, the avoidance may be due to previous bad experiences with humans, such as being neglected, abused, or abandoned. It’s also possible that the cat was never properly socialized to begin with and is therefore nervous around people. Cats who are naturally shy or timid may also avoid people.
Lack of positive reinforcement
One of the reasons why cats may avoid people is that they haven’t had positive experiences with people in the past. If a cat has been abused or neglected by people, it’s understandable that the cat would want to stay away from them.
Cats are also spooked by sudden movements and loud noises, so if someone has ever scared your cat, it may start to avoid that person as well. Cats also don’t like being held or restrained, so if someone has ever tried to hold your cat against its will, it may start to associate that person with negative experiences.
How to Solve the Problem
If you have a cat that avoids you, it can be quite confusing and even hurtful. After all, cats are supposed to be our companions, not our enemies. So why does your cat avoid you? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your cat may be avoiding you and what you can do about it.
Create a safe space
When a cat feels threatened, her first instinct is to run away and hide. If she can’t do that, she may try to make herself seem small and unimportant in the hopes that you’ll just ignore her. Unfortunately, this often has the opposite effect; when we see our kitties trying to make themselves small, we often mistake it for cuteness and approach them, which just scares them more. If your cat is avoiding you, try giving her a safe space where she can go to get away from you if she feels the need. This could be a closet with the door left open a crack, or a room with a pet gate blocking the doorway.
Go slowly and let the cat approach you
When your cat is hanging out near you, extend your arm slowly and let her sniff your hand. If she seems interested, continue petting her. If she starts to turn away, stop petting her and give her some space. You might need to do this several times before she starts to trust you again.
Reward the cat for positive interactions
If your cat is avoiding you, it may be because she isn’t getting enough positive reinforcement from you. Rewarding her for good behavior can help to change her attitude towards you. Try giving her treats, petting her, or playing with her when she does something you like. With time and patience, she should start to see you as a source of good things.