Can you make your new cat get addicted to you?
Cats are often thought of as aloof and uninterested in humans, but with a little patience and understanding.
You can develop a bond with your feline friend.
Here are some tips on how to get a cat to like you.
1. Let the Cat Approach You
When you approach a cat for the first time, let him come to you.
Sit or kneel down, and extend your hand, palm up, towards the cat.
He will probably smell it, and may even give it a few licks, or rub his head against it.
If he is approaching cautiously, talk to him in a soft voice as you wait for him to make the next move.
If he takes a step towards you, gently stroke the back of his neck and talk to him again.
You may have to repeat this several times before the furbaby begins to trust that you mean no harm.
Use patience and persistence when interacting with cats during your visit.
2. Observe the Cat’s Likes and Dislikes
Observe the cat’s behavior. When you watch a cat, you will notice that he or she likes to do certain things and doesn’t like to do others.
For example, your cat may not like being picked up by you. When you are around, watch how your feline friend interacts with other people.
Does he or she become agitated when someone else tries to pet him?
Does he try to hide from strangers?
3. Keep Calm
Calm is a very important trait for the people who will be around your cat.
Especially if you are going to be the one who does most of the petting, keep calm.
If you become nervous or upset around the furbaby, he may become stressed and aggressive.
If the furbaby feels nervous or threatened, he or she is going to be defensive and that could lead to an attack.
You obviously don’t want this type of situation to occur.
4. Give your cat some space
Don’t overdo the petting. Don’t try to smother them with affection.
Your feline friend may actually become annoyed if you try too hard.
Of course, you don’t want to be a stranger or treat them coldly, but the key is to be friendly, not overly friendly.
Of course, if your cat is seeking affection, by all means, pet them. But if they’re not, let them be.
5. Don’t overfeed your cat
Yes, your furbaby needs to eat, but feeding them too much can lead to a lot of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Cats can live off of the food they find in their environment, so you don’t need to supply them with extra.
And, if your cat is overweight, you should actually cut down on their food, not increase it.
6. Play with your cat–a lot
Cats have energy and need outlets for it. They can even become anxious if they don’t have proper outlets for it.
Playing with your feline friend doesn’t just tire them out and help them relax, it also strengthens the bond between you.
And by strengthening your bond, you can better understand your cat, and help them have a happier, healthier life.
7. Keep your cat indoors
In the wild, a cat would spend its time hunting, eating, and exploring. Indoors, a feline friend is too often bored.
They still need to hunt–that’s why interactive toys are so great–but those toys don’t replicate the whole hunting experience.
You can take your cat outside to go potty and play, but only let them out if it’s safe and they are on a leash.
8. Socialize them when they are young
In the first 2 weeks of their life, kittens are blind and deaf. During this time, they bond with the mother and littermates.
If the humans in the house can take advantage of this time and socialize with the kittens.
Then when the kittens do get eyes and ears and are able to see and hear, they are much more likely to be friendly to humans.
Because of this, many shelters have “kitten socials” where prospective cat owners can go and meet all the kittens.
9. Pet cats where they like it most
Cats have scent glands on the surface of their cheeks and in front of their ears.
Cats like to use these areas to mark their territory by rubbing their cheeks and ears against objects.
Petting your kitty using these areas is like a cat’s way of saying “thank you” and is also a way for them to show affection.
10. Use Treats Strategically
Cats are not motivated by food alone, but they do like treats from time to time.
When you are trying to train your cat, use treats to your advantage.
Some cat behaviors, like scratching furniture, can be difficult to break.
With some people’s cats, a combative approach will only cause them to stop the behavior temporarily.
You can get a cat to permanently stop scratching furniture by giving them a treat whenever they refrain from clawing at it.
11. Try a little catnip
Catnip can be used to get your cat to do just about anything.
Well, according to some studies, catnip can be used to make a cat like you more and be more friendly.
If you’re having some trouble getting your furbaby to warm up to you or your cat is just being a little standoffish and cold.
Try sprinkling a little catnip in your cat’s bed.
The catnip is sure to improve your relationship with your cat.
12. Use the “Slow Blink”
The “slow blink” is an enormously powerful technique that can make any cat fall in love with you.
The next time you’re playing with your cat and you notice that you’re in that inevitable staring contest, just blink slowly at them.
The slow blink communicates to your cat that you are calm and they can trust you.
The slow blink is a great way to get your cat to fall in love with you.