7 Signs That Your Cat May Secretly Hate You

I know my cat can’t help coughing up a hairball. But there are days I swear he does it on purpose.

Cats are funny creatures. You never can tell just what’s going on in their brains.

Now, I have a cat myself and, intellectually, I know he can’t help shedding his coat. But there are days that I swear he sheds directly onto my favorite pair of pants — on purpose.

Here’s a cheeky rundown of 7 signs that your cat might actually hate you (but probably not, right? Right?).

Yep. That’s a hairball. Gross. By: lizhenry

1. Coughing Up Hairballs

Your cat is strategically depositing fresh hairballs in places where you will narrowly avoid stepping on them. Chances are, though, it could be that your foot traffic area is simply tagged with a scent.

Cats tend to use carpeted areas when having to cough it all up (yay) because the regurgitation process requires a bunch of different muscle groups, and carpet provides traction. So while you might accidentally step in a hairball (I sympathize), it’s probably not a targeted attack.

By: deadandalive

2. Marking and “Missing” the Litter Box

Cat urine has to be one of the most pungent odors around, and it’s notoriously difficult to get rid of.

Finding areas around the house that your cat has “marked” can be stressful. But don’t fret — cats are territorial predators. Marking territory is part of their instinctive makeup.

And, besides, you know your cat doesn’t belong to you — you belong to your cat. And so do all your (their) possessions. Spaying and neutering can help lessen this marking behavior, as well as making sure to get every last bit of scent out of the area that’s been marked.

Perhaps you’re not cleaning out his litter box enough. If you lift the lid and the stench blows you away, it’s a pretty safe bet that you need to start cleaning it out more regularly.

3. Picking a Fight

Hissing, spitting and swiping — the not-so-subtle approach. Your cat is either steamed at you, afraid of you or just doesn’t want to leave that patch of sunlight you’re trying to nudge them out of.

Harrison usually subjects me to this sort of behavior after I apply his monthly dose of flea medication. Seriously — we’re mortal enemies for about an hour afterward.

If this is constantly happening with your cat, consider things like whether you have recently changed your scent or if your cat is injured or ill. Continued aggressive behavior, especially when the behavior is sudden, can indicate pain or illness.

By: rongyos

4. Gifting Dead Prey

How’s this for a fun scenario? You discover a dead mouse splayed out in a place where you spend a lot of time — say, by your bed or in front of doors — so you’re sure to see it.

As gross as this is, it’s how your cat is actually saying that they adore you. Just praise your cat, then glove up and discard the mouse when the cat isn’t watching.

By: Frank Reyes
Did you know that you actually belong to your cat (and not the other way around)? By: Frank Reyes

5. Always in Your Face

The days when you’re running behind and frantically typing up a research paper or work proposal are the days when your cat is going to mischievously want to derail your plans the most.

Bumping their head against your leg, crawling into your lap and kneading all indicate affection, so it’s hard to shoo them away. The thing is, your cat actually loves you if they’re displaying these actions. Show them some affection and take a quick break to play with them a bit, and they’ll probably be satisfied.

Or you can do what I do: Bust out the treats and bribe them off.

By: eplewis

6. Excessive Shedding

Break out the lint roller — your cat has managed to cover your favorite sweater with a fine coating of their hair while you weren’t looking.

The explanation is simple enough: You probably wear your favorite sweater a lot, so it has your scent all over it. Your cat likes it and wants to smell you when they lie on it.

By: dvorscak

7. Stealing and Hiding

Does your cat steal your stuff and hoard it in unimaginable places? Harrison does this to me all the time with my hair elastics.

It can also be highly inconvenient when whatever your cat stashes is incompatible with the vacuum cleaner, which may break on contact with said stuff. This could indeed be premeditated on cats’ parts because I can’t think of any cat who enjoys the sound of the vacuum.

So do you really think your cat hates you when he does these things? It may very well be the opposite — they may absolutely adore you and try to capture your attention any way they can.

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Melissa Smith, discussions manager for Petful, has been researching and writing about pet behaviors for several years. A longtime pet lover, she lives in Massachusetts with her teenage son, their cat Harrison and the spirit of their German shepherd named Gypsy. Melissa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia design and hopes to adopt as many needy animals as she can.

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49 Comments

  1. Mike Burton
    June 20, 2015

    99% of problems with cats are not the cats fault. its the humans fault. keep the litterbox clean. don’t ever pick on a cat. cats are our friends. give your cat plenty of attention. if your cat is still acting out, then its either sick or someone is mistreating it. cats are not bad, people are.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      June 20, 2015

      Mike I agree that most times, cats don’t really hate unless they’re given a reason. It’s important for cat owners to understand their cat’s personality — if he hates being picked up, don’t pick him up, for example. Harrison is most definitely a “don’t call me, I’ll call you” type of cat!

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  2. Primrose
    July 18, 2015

    Good article! 🙂 Love your advice and humor

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    1. Melissa Smith
      August 05, 2015

      Thank you so much!

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  3. Jai
    August 05, 2015

    I despise articles that are purposely miss-titled almost as much as I hate intrusive ads. This has nothing to do about cats hating their owner and the only corrective action mention is to clean the smelly areas.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      August 05, 2015

      Hi Jai! It wasn’t meant to be a misleading title; more of a humorous slant. I love my cat and I know he loves me but boy there are times he sure does give me the “cat glare”. Yikes!

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      1. Julia Ainsworth
        August 14, 2015

        I wasted my time reading this article because I really wanted to know how to tell if your cat secretly hates you, like licking your scent off his body after you pet him or pick him up. Instead I got a not so funny, not so humorous story about finding dead mice and a cat giving you dirty looks. Next time I will look at the author of the article before I waste my time reading a silly piece of meaninglessness.

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        1. Dave Baker
          August 14, 2015

          Sorry you didn’t like the article, Julia. We can’t hit home runs every time, but I personally wouldn’t categorize this one as a “silly piece of meaninglessness.” Anyway, I’m sure you’ll find plenty on Petful that suits you better. Thanks for your feedback.

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        2. Erik Baran
          August 30, 2015

          Lighten up, Francis. Oh, and funny and humorous are synonyms, so when you use them both you’re being redundant and repeating yourself………….(sic)

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          1. Khorne Valentine
            February 18, 2017

            lighten up erik, your starting to sound like a treehugger that smokes pot all day.

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            1. Erik Baran
              February 21, 2017

              If I was a tree hugger who smoked pot all day I wouldn’t need to lighten up. Fail for you. Oh, and explain how caring you selfish repugnantcans don’t destroy the evironment is a bad thing.

            2. Melissa Smith
              February 21, 2017

              Can’t we all just get along? 🙂

            3. Erik Baran
              February 23, 2017

              You’ve obviously have not been paying attention. No, we can’t.

            4. Melissa Smith
              February 23, 2017

              Okie dokie then. You realize all of this is over an article that was meant to be humorous, right?

            5. Lord_Beerus
              November 21, 2017

              Well I enjoyed reading it.

            6. Melissa Smith
              November 22, 2017

              Lol thank you!!

            7. Jackie
              April 15, 2018

              For real. I thought this was a discussion abt cats not argumentive people. Ugh!

            8. Khorne Valentine
              April 06, 2017

              oh blah blah stupid hippy treehugger.

  4. p. porter
    August 09, 2015

    be carful of the elastic bands kitty can swallow them and it can get stuck inside.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      August 09, 2015

      Yikes! Wouldn’t that be awkward to have to explain to a vet? I always chase him down and take them away, and I have learned to be careful about putting the hair bands in a drawer in the bathroom now so he can’t get to them.

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      1. Dave Baker
        August 09, 2015

        I don’t know what it is about those hair bands, but I often find them on the floor, where my cat has obviously discovered them after they were accidentally dropped by my wife and the cat has played with them. I pick them up and throw them in the trash. 🙂

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        1. Melissa Smith
          August 09, 2015

          Check in odd places — one time I had to move the kitchen stove for repair, and it was like a hair tie graveyard! I think he batted them under there and then couldn’t reach them. Either that, or it was all part of his master plan….

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          1. Christopher Miller
            August 25, 2015

            One of my funniest times was payday when my cat acquired a $100 bill and hauled her furry little butt down the hall. Fortunately we cut her off at the pass.

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            1. Melissa Smith
              August 25, 2015

              Haha! Christopher that is too funny! Thankfully (?) I am always broke, so my cat has no opportunity to make off with my cash. I better not give him any ideas though…..

      2. Erik Baran
        August 30, 2015

        You think that would be awkward? A co-worker had to take her months old kitten to the vet because it got into the trash and ate……..a condom. And if it was in the trash you know it wasn’t, mmmmm, clean.

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        1. Melissa Smith
          August 30, 2015

          Oh my gosh! That definitely tops any story I have. I hope the kitten was OK!

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          1. Erik Baran
            September 05, 2015

            It all came out in the end, so to speak.

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            1. Melissa Smith
              September 05, 2015

              I see what you did there. Lol!!

  5. Harry Balsagna
    October 13, 2015

    I thought the article was good. I was entertained. The writer is talented. That said, the title was misleading, as it was intended to be.

    The problem with click-bait, is that it produces diminishing returns as people get tricked over and over. Eventually, even the the dimmest of us get wise to the ruse, and the clicks start slowing. People are made cynical by click-bait faster than than new rubes come of age.

    Then, inevitablly, publishers start complaining about how hard it is to make money with online publishing, but they never really stop and take a good hard look at how they contributed to their own decline. It’s aways someone else’s fault. You know, like the greedy readers who want everything for free.

    Click-bait is killing the profitability of online publishing. This is a fact. We’re bombarded by it constantly.

    Maybe you’re just trying to get your piece of the clickbait cake, but know that it does come at a cost.

    Thanks for the article.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      October 13, 2015

      Hi Harry! I absolutely wasn’t looking to engender click bait of any kind. The topic of the article was meant to be humorous. Almost all of us cat owners have those days when we feel like our cats are just plain out to get us with their behavior. There is nothing worse than walking innocently across your living room and stepping in a hairball! (Blech) Cat owners usually joke about our cats hating us because of these types of behaviors and because cats are so good at that insolent stare.

      I appreciate your comments, and I will be careful about how I word my titles in the future. I hope you find other articles on Petful to enjoy!

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  6. KS
    June 18, 2016

    Some of these things mentioned in this article are signs that your cat is insecure in his/her environment such as peeing in areas other than the litter box and aggressive behavior, not that they hate you. Assuming cats glare at you or have a master plan is just bonkers. They are just being cats! Read up on some behavior analysis articles! I did find your writing quite witty, but you didn’t like being tricked with the title. I thought I was going to learn something new. 🙁

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    1. Melissa Smith
      June 19, 2016

      Thank you for the constructive feedback, KS! I did intend the article to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek – my cat amuses me daily with his antics. I’ll be sure to give more consideration to headings and titles from now on – I don’t want anyone to feel cheated!

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  7. Raj
    July 06, 2016

    This whole article turned stupid… Only because of it’s title.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      February 19, 2017

      Good to know – I will make sure to stick to only serious topics from now on 🙂

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  8. teenygozer
    January 31, 2017

    This video shows a cat who’s, oh, a teensy bit mad at the moron annoying him with the camera:

    FTFY.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      January 31, 2017

      Thanks! But the whole article was intended to be a little tongue-in-cheek. 🙂

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      1. teenygozer
        February 01, 2017

        I know! My comment was also intended to be a little tongue in cheek! 😉 Or perhaps dry humor?

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  9. rougermama2004
    February 17, 2017

    A lot of these sounds like my Bombay cat, she can be a real pain when I am trying to do some thing and when she is in my bed room she like to get on my pillow and purr in my ear and she loves to bring baby snakes in to me. I got a good laugh out of this

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    1. Melissa Smith
      February 17, 2017

      Laughter is the best reaction! 🙂

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    2. Jackie
      April 15, 2018

      I also have a Bombay a male and he is also a pain in the bottom. If I’m watching tv he will jump on the dresser so I cannot see my program. I just got done feeding him a few of these treats that are all meat. He goes nuts for them. So here I go and bring 5 with me from my kitchen (He knows which cabinet is his lol) so now he’s following me everywhere. He knows it’s for him…too much. When im watchi g tv he will sut in front so i cant see it so not fair. He will bite me too after I feed him a few treats. I wonder why is that?

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      1. Melissa Smith
        April 16, 2018

        I got a kitty kong for my cat so his fat butt has to actually work for the treats now…pretty sure he’s taken a contract out on my life LOL

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  10. Khorne Valentine
    February 18, 2017

    yeap pretty dumb article, didn’t even write what the article was SUPPOSE to be about, but now I know my cat likes me.

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    1. Melissa Smith
      February 19, 2017

      Thank you! All feedback appreciated!

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  11. April Reed Amburgey
    May 10, 2018

    I really was expecting to read about things your cat does that shows they hate you. Like why the cat has bit me more times than I can count and has never bitten my husband?

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    1. Melissa Smith
      May 11, 2018

      Apologies! This article was meant more tongue-in-cheek. If he bites you quite a bit, it’s probably safe to say he’s more willing to show aggression with you than your husband. Does he run up and bite you randomly, or are there triggers?

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      1. April Reed Amburgey
        May 11, 2018

        There are triggers. You can’t pet her for very long at all. It’s like she gets over stimulated. I have learned that I basically can’t touch her. Sometimes when she is laying on the floor and I walk by, she tries to bite me. When we first got her she was laying in my lap and turned around and bit me on my face. The previous owners had all 4 of her paws declawed, I don’t know if that has anything to do with her aggression or not

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        1. Melissa Smith
          May 12, 2018

          Sounds like her previous owners might indeed have had the same difficulty with her. She likely tries to bite because her claws are gone and it’s her only self defensive measure now. I almost wonder if she’s feeling afraid because she knows without her claws she can’t defend herself

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        2. scotsims
          July 17, 2018

          When your cat nips you when you pet her too long, she’s trying bro correct you. Sometimes humans are slow learners.

          Try giving her treats occasionally as she may come to associate you in a positive manner. Don’t give her treats when she misbehaves, though.

          This may be off base but some cats don’t like it when your hand comes “from above their head / body”, some cats associate it with an attack, I approach at a low level and pause to let her sniff you. most cats do that as their sense of smell is better than their eyesight – That’s why cats put their noses in the weirdest places. Give a treat once in a while to reinforce the behavior.

          Say to your cat from me.

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  12. Rudolph Zerlinger
    July 16, 2018

    Hi there thank you so much for the humorous article! You had me chuckle at more than one point haha! 🙂 I know this article was meant for fun and maybe this is the wrong place, but do you mind me asking a serious question? I found this article because I googled why my cat hates me and it’s a big issue for me. My cat Jamie seems very passive when I am near him and he never comes up to me for anything other than food. This is quite heartbreaking for me. Now I dont know whether he really hates me, but I think he does because he NEVER wants me to touch him.Again, I know this is a humorous article but can you maybe tell me how likely it is for a cat to really hate its owner? I never did anything bad to Jamie and treat him super well…Anyway would love your input on this, thank you so much!

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