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“What sounds do cats dislike?”

Cats are animals with a highly sensitive sense of hearing. For this reason, sounds that may be pleasant to us can be a hard-to-bear noise for them. What specific sounds do cats dislike? Let’s find out!

Cat Ears are very sensitive tools – they can detect sounds with a frequency of up to 60 kHz. For comparison, the human range of hearing reaches a maximum of about 20 kHz. We can’t hear, for example, how mice communicate. But our cats have no such problem. They can precisely pinpoint the location of a mouse from a distance of even 10 meters, which facilitates their hunting of rodents. However, such good hearing sometimes means discomfort for the kitty. Some sounds normal for humans exceptionally annoy our pets. It’s worth knowing what sounds cats dislike to ensure the animal’s comfort.

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Grania

What Sounds Do Cats Dislike?

There are times when a previously relaxed cat suddenly leaves the room with displeasure. What happened? Such a situation probably results from the fact that a sound, ordinary for us, scared our cat. We generate some of these sounds ourselves, unaware that our pet perceives them quite differently than we do. Below we have collected sounds that can offend the sensitive hearing of a kitty and affect its well-being. Check what to avoid and how to make life easier for the cat.

1. High-Frequency Sounds

We have already established that cats can perceive sounds that are inaudible to humans. It’s worth remembering this because we use many devices daily that can emit sounds irritating to the kitty. Computer and television screens, electronic remotes – these are just a few examples of objects that might be “noisy” for a cat. It’s essential to closely observe the pet’s behavior – if, in response to turning on a device, your cat starts vocalizing or leaves the room, he probably doesn’t feel safe in that environment.

Moreover, special attention should be paid to ultrasonic sounds – the cat’s better hearing easily captures them, and they are hard for the animal to bear. This applies, for example, to ultrasonic air purifiers or humidifiers.

2. Loud and Noisy Sounds

Playing music at full volume is a very bad idea if a kitty is nearby. Pieces of our favorite band can be torture for the sensitive ears of a pet – don’t make him endure it and put on headphones. Cats generally tolerate, for example, classical music or various natural sounds, such as the recorded noise of the ocean or rain. However, it still can’t be loud music.

3. Sounds Resembling Hissing

Anything that sounds like a hissing cat can stress your kitty. In cat communication, a hiss is associated with negative emotions and has a warning-deterrent function. Many cats, therefore, dislike the sounds made by spray products, such as furniture sprays, hair sprays, plant sprayers,

4. Unexpected Sounds

A doorbell, intercom, the clink of a falling glass, a motorcycle passing by the window – cats really don’t like being surprised and react nervously to sudden noises. This is one of the reasons many kitties avoid small children – toddlers often emit unexpected, loud screams, which most cats simply find off-putting.

5. Storms and Natural Sounds

Initially, it’s worth noting that not all cats are afraid of storms. Some of them even love watching the sky lit up by lightning. Storms or other phenomena, which we have no control over as they are an integral part of the natural world, can cause discomfort to anxious animals. Sometimes a cat may associate, for example, a storm or strong wind with something unpleasant, so every such phenomenon causes stress.

It’s worth remembering that we have no control over such a source of sound. We can only reduce the cat’s reaction through work under the supervision of a behaviorist or by using calming preparations. Knowing the cause of the cat’s stress, however, makes it easier to find a solution.

Knowing what sounds cats dislike, we should understand them better. It’s also a straightforward way to eliminate certain sound stimuli from the environment or reconsider the purchase of certain devices, e.g., ultrasonic ones. Although not all irritating noises can be eliminated, it’s good to consider the cat’s comfort. Remember: they hear much more than we do.

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