Loud Noises: Cats have sensitive hearing, so loud or sudden noises, like vacuum cleaners or blaring music, can startle and stress them.
Over-Petting: While many cats enjoy being petted, over-petting or petting against the grain of their fur can irritate them. It's important to respect their boundaries.
Staring: Direct, unbroken eye contact can be perceived as a threat by cats. They may find it uncomfortable or confrontational.
Lack of Routine: Cats thrive on routine, so inconsistent feeding or playtime schedules can cause stress and anxiety.
Bathing: Most cats dislike water, and bathing can be a traumatic experience for them. They are generally very capable of grooming themselves.
Forced Interaction: Cats need their own space, and forcing them into physical contact, such as picking them up when they don't want to be, can lead to discomfort or even aggression.
Ignoring Body Language: Cats communicate through body language, and ignoring their cues can lead to stress or irritation.