Cats are finicky creatures. Most of the time they're cute, sleepy, and playful. But other times, they're on the hunt and make it quite obvious that they do not want to be messed with.
Although we may think it's cute to play with our cats and pick them up every chance we get, there are some things that we just love doing with them (and to them!) that they just don't enjoy.
Here are seven things you might be doing that your cat secretly hates.
Your cat secretly hates being held like a baby.
Some cats like to lay in your lap, or to be picked up and cuddled when you come home from work, but one thing cats hate is to be held like a baby.
Being picked up makes cats feel insecure and eager to return to the floor, according to Healthy Pets. When they're held like a baby, it makes matters even worse than when they're held with good support. While it might be cute, it's really not their favorite thing.
If you're not willing to give it up, at least only hold them up for a few seconds, rather than a lengthier period of time that will likely make them even more stressed.
Your cat secretly hates having their picture taken constantly.
You might like to take photos of your cat, but what you might not realize is that your cat might now want your phone in their face 24/7. The camera's flash can be jarring for them. Too, it's particularly cruel to lure them with a toy or treat, get the photo you want, and then leave them be.
Reader's Digest suggests that "a little play time is the least we can do" in return for their photo-op participation.
Your cat secretly hates eye contact.
Cats communicate with their eyes. For them, eye contact is a means of establishing dominance; if you avert your eyes first, your cat will think they've got the power, but if you keep eye contact for too long, it's seen as aggressive behavior and they may prepare to pounce or “hunt” you, according to Feline Forever.
If they blink or wink, it's a sign good sign — a sign of affection, indicating that they do not feel threatened.