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9 Top Tips To Bond You And Your Cat Forever ❤️
Let your kitten smell you before he meets you.
Wether you are bringing home a new kitten or a more mature cat their noses are incredibly sensitive and it helps give the cat a sense of who you are.
Don't attempt to show the kitty affection straight away, just place something near them with your scent for them to get used to and wait for them to come to you. A pair of glasses you always wear, a bracelet or hat. Something with a lot of contact with your skin.
Use their name a lot!
Like dogs, cats also recognise and respond to their names, but only when used enough. A lot of people don't use their cats names as often as their dogs, and that's mainly because they don't expect obedience.
Talk to your cat and call them using their name as you would a dog, and they will come. Just takes a bit longer is all!
You get back what you give.
With cats, like most animals, it's all about energy. The energy and 'vibe' you give off directly effects your feline friend, as they are much more astute to body language then we are.
If you give off nervous energy, your cat will be nervous. If you give off a vibe that you don't trust them, they won't trust you.
It's all about calm, positive energy! Give positive energy to your cat, and you'll get the same right back.
Eye contact and slow blinking.
In the cat Kingdom they welcome family members with eye contact and slow blinking. So this is definitely the best way to show your cat you love them.
Try this the next time your cat curls up on your lap or sits next to you on the sofa, as this is when they're more relaxed and subject to less distraction. This tells them that they're part of your family and you love them without the need for words and will bind you together.
Adjust your home to suit your cat.
Don't worry you don't need to give your cat his own ensuite bathroom, but you need to make a few small changes that suit your cats needs.
Cats are either tree cats or bush cats. I have one of each! A tree cat likes to be up high to survey the land, whereas a bush cat likes low down cosy caves to scurry into.
So keep an eye on your cat to see which he prefers, and then add a few things around the house accordingly. So for a tree cat you could buy a tall cat tree or add shelves to climb up as turn it into a feature wall. And for a bush cat a box covered in fleece is ideal.
No closed doors.
It is important your cat learns to occupy the same space as you respectfully, and this can't be done if the door is closed and all he wants to do is burst in and be with you.
Boundaries are important, so if you don't want your cat to sleep in the bed give them their own bed in your room. Make it warm and inviting and a treat to sleep in so make it only a bed for when you're in the room.
If you have 2 cats, they may not get along as well as you may think.
Just because your cats aren't scrapping, doesn't mean they get along.
An easy way to see how they feel about each other is to look at their tails when they approach each other.
If the tail sticks up in the air with a slight curl then your cats are best buddies! This is how cats recognise other friendly cats and know it's fine to approach. If the tail is down then they're guarded.
This isn't the end of the world. You can try to make them closer with some bonding games but if this is unsuccessful then as long as they each have an area where they can avoid the other then everyone's happy.
There is never a reason to hit a cat.
If your cat misbehaves then any kind of negative reinforcement with have a negative outcome.
Cats only respond to positivity. So it's important to calmly assert your authority and firmly tell the cat no, then reward them for rectifying their behaviour. A treat must be given as soon as you see the behaviour you asked for, or the association won't stick.
But remember your cats health and don't give them too many treats. A reward doesn't always need to be food, a chin scratch is just as good.
And remember, dogs are like babies and cats are like teenagers.
Although both loving companions, cats and dogs are very different. Dogs are happiest having a pack leader for an owner and love constant affection, much like babies. Cats, however, need to be allowed to come for love, have independent and mutual respect, like teenagers.
Respect is crucial in bonding with your companion, if you respect your cat then your cat will respect you. Simple!
So implement these 9 tips and you and your kitty will be very happy together.
Hope you enjoyed my first ever tip, please like! ❤️