If your cat won’t let you touch it, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why won’t my cat let me touch it? Possible reasons why your cat will not let you touch it are injury, intimidation, it does not like the way you touch it, previous experiences or naturally not wanting to be touched.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat won’t let you touch it and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat won’t let you touch it

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat won’t let you touch it and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

Injury

The cause could be that it has injured itself and it does not want you to touch it because it hurts. This would be more likely if your cat has started doing it suddenly and it has been showing other signs of being injured such as not moving as much as normal or walking in an unusual way. In this case, it would help to take it to a vet. 

Intimidation

The reason could also be that it becomes intimidated. It might be intimidated because of the way you approach it, how loud you are or how aggressively you touch it. Instead, it would help to be gentle with it and to be calm around it. 

Previous experiences

The cause could also be that someone mistreated it in the past, causing it to not like allowing people to touch it. This would be more likely if you adopted it as an adult. 

It might also be the case that you hurt it when you touched it before and now it does not want you to touch it again. This would be more likely if it stopped letting you touch it suddenly after you hurt it.

Nature

Many cats just do not like being touched and it could be the case that yours does not like it naturally. This would be more likely if it has always not wanted you to touch it.

It does not like the way you pet or hold it

The issue could also be with the way you pet or hold your cat. This would be more likely if your cat does let you touch it sometimes but it does not let you touch it when you touch it in a certain manner.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out why your cat has been doing it.

If your cat has never let you touch it

If your cat did used to let you touch it in the past, it would help to consider what else happened when it first stopped letting you touch it. If it stopped letting you touch it suddenly, it could be due to things such as getting injured, someone intimidating it or a change in the way you have been touching it.

What is different when your cat does let you touch it

If your cat does let you touch it sometimes, it would also help to consider what else is different when it does let you touch it. For example, if it lets you do it when other animals are not around, it could be the case that the other animals intimidate it.

What to do about your cat not letting you touch it

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Be gentle

When petting it, it would help to pet it gently since it could be the case that you have been petting it too strongly.

Pet it differently

It would also help to consider the way you have been petting it. Generally, cats prefer it when you rub their chins instead of rubbing their whole backs.

Get help

If your cat has started doing it suddenly and it seems like it could be due to an injury, it would help to take it to a vet for a checkup. By doing so, you should be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular cat and to rule out the possibility of it being due to injury.

Why won’t my cat let me pet him?

Your cat might not let you pet it for any of the reasons mentioned above. The cause would be likely to be due to the way you are petting it or the way you are approaching it before petting it.

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I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.