It’s summer again. And there’s nothing better than spending a few days away from work with your family at the beaches of California or Florida. That’s great. But it will be a bit of a headache for those who have pets. Bringing a cute little cat or sending her/him to someone’s house for a few days? But cats hate beaches.
With an open policy regarding movement and accommodation, many cats can now travel the world with their owners.
However, when you’re lounging around and enjoying the fresh air of the beaches, your cat may not feel the same way. Many owners have shared stories of negative expressions of how cats hate beaches.
I believe it because I saw how awkward Alesha (my British Shorthair) was on a trip last year with my friends in Santa Rosa Beach. And that’s when I went looking for a reason.
Why cats hate beaches
It’s all about fear…
Cats are afraid of water. Although there are a few exceptions, I think there is no better word to describe the relationship between cats and this liquid.
And it’s great when the beaches you bring your cats to are accidentally giant “pools” with abundant water reserves that can become a nightmare for the bravest cats. A lot of research has been done to explain why cats react so violently when brought near ponds, lakes, or beaches.
Cats’ fear of water probably stems from the fact that they were raised in environments completely isolated from water such as deserts or forests.
The ancestors of cats are Indian cats, Chinese cats, or African wild cats all raised in an environment with minimal water. So cats did not evolve to adapt or get used to the water.
Another possible reason for this fear comes from the fact that cats are often afraid of what they do not understand. This is quite similar to humans.
Cats believe that the water is a hiding place for many dangerous predators such as hippos, crocodiles, … and it is best to stay away from those areas.
“Don’t wet my fur!”
You can see your cat sitting and licking her/his fur whenever you have free time. That comes from the fact that fur is considered a protective armor for cats and their saliva will have its substances to help them clean themselves.
Therefore, they are very sensitive to any impact from the outside environment to this part. Our little friends don’t even enjoy being gently bathed by their owners.
And the beaches are too watery. Worrying that the coat will get wet, leading to increased body weight and difficulty moving will cause the cat to exhibit unusual behavior.
On the other hand, it takes quite a while for the cat’s fur to dry again. They can get cold if their coat is wet for a long time. This is contrary to the fact that they prefer warmth, and their body temperature is higher than that of humans.
You can see the anxiety from furry friends through their constant screaming or appearing timid, losing their temper.
One of the most common reasons cats may be uncomfortable with beaches is the fact that their paws will have to be in contact with the sand.
We will clarify each issue one by one. You can see the cat’s feet are lined with very soft pads. This is where many nerve receptors are located, making the tapilus more fine-tuned to aid in movement and hunting. They can even sense the opponent’s movements through their pads.
Although these pads are sturdy enough to be able to collide with the environment during movement, they are extremely sensitive to temperature and pressure.
This leads to pain.
And when exposed to hot sandy surfaces at beaches, rapid temperature changes can damage the pads of cats. In addition, if you intend to let your cat walk on it, the tiny sand particles can cling to the paws causing discomfort if not cleaned in time.
Quicksand can also cause cats to lose their balance during movement.
Too many people
You think having the beach would be a reasonable relaxing option for a hot summer day. It’s a coincidence that you’re not the only one who notices that. With Siesta Beach or Ogunquit Beach, you can’t even find a place to spread your towel and sunbathe.
Cats are pets, but above all, they are still animals. No matter how curious and curious they are, they still feel fearful and wary when they come into contact with unfamiliar “objects”. Putting the cat on the beach with a lot of people around will overwhelm him/her. Because with cats that means existential dangers.
It took My Alesha more than a week to get acquainted with my family members. And do you think your cat will easily open up to strangers on the beach?
There are still cats who love beaches
Albert Einstein once said, “Nothing Absolute” and the same goes for the relationship between cats and the sea. Cats hate the beach for the above reasons, but other furry friends show an interest in watery lands.
I have seen many cats that can comfortably play at the edge of the sea with their owners without showing any concern. You can overcome this instinctive fear of cats by getting them used to water (through bathing them, for example). However, this has to happen from an early age and of course will come with a bit of strong coercion.
However, scientists estimate that trying to expose cats to water will make cats lose the ability to secrete substances or odors necessary to contact other individuals, other animals.
It’s completely normal if you see cats hate beaches because the problems stem from cat instincts. And I think the best thing is that you respect that and let them live the way they want. Have you discovered any other psychological manifestations of cats when taking them to the beach? If so, please share with us!