Our Cats' Top 10 List Of Pet Peeves |Things Humans Do That Really Annoy Cats

So many things humans do annoy cats.
Dear Thomasina...
Does hugging annoy cats? The other night, I gave mine a big hug and got scratched! Why would he do that? I thought he loved me!
-- Hurt

Hey, Hurt!

I'm so sorry about the scratch. Hate to say it, but hugging can annoy cats. If you gave me a hug, I'd scratch, too. We're not big on huge human arms squishing us until our ribs ache.

I'm sure your cat loves you a lot. But there are some things humans do that annoy us so much. Picking us up is one of them. We feel safer when our feet are planted firmly on the ground, not suspended in midair. Hugging can actually hurt and makes getting picked up even worse.

Ten Things That Really Annoy Cats

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” 
― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn

From Chirping To Chattering - Eight Sounds Cats Make

Meowing is just one of the sounds cats make to communicate with us.
Dear Thomasina...

My cat often chirps at me when I get home. Why does he do that? What's he saying?
-- Curious

Hi Curious!
Oh, how nice that your cat chirps to you! He's saying "welcome home!" Not all of us do that (I don't), and you should feel very honored!

When we talk to each other, we usually use body language. We talk with our eyes, ears and tails. But since humans don't seem to understand our native language, we make sounds, like your cat's chirp, to communicate with you.

Chirps & Seven More Sounds Cats Make

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” 
― Mark Twain