You’ll never find finicky, mercurial creatures like cats. If you love them, you’ll still desire to cuddle them despite their nature. Cat owners always do their best to bond with these feline creatures. It’s easier to bond with some felines than others.
Luckily, there are some techniques that can assist cat owners to create a strong relationship with their cats.
If you want to create a genuine and long-lasting relationship with your existing cat or a new kitty that you’ve just adopted, then read on for some tricks and tips that’ll assist you.
Give Your Cat Some Space
If you’re desiring to bond easily with your pet cat, then you need to take everything slowly. Give your cat some space. First, make observations before jumping in.
Playing cool may be extremely challenging for many cat owners since you’ll always want to play with your cat right away.
You’ll most likely want to scoop it, pet it, and see its interaction with you. This is just being human. On the contrary, cats view the world in a different way.
Animal behavior experts are on the view that it’s not quite possible to force a cat into doing something.
You can’t make it love you instantly. It’s also quite challenging to play with a cat you just met for the very first time.
You need to give your cat some space to hide in its own world. Let them process everything happening around them, especially if you just brought them home.
The space should be safe, like a box made out of cardboard with a door for entering and another for exiting. Doing so will ensure that the cat can always escape from the space when need be.
Let the Cat Stick to the Things it Knows
Cats always have some specific habits that are unique from those of other creatures. It’s usually tough for them to move into a new home or environment.
Make things easier for them by making the transition process smooth. For instance, know what your new cat fed on before. Switching its food all of a sudden won’t go well with any cat.
Cats take time to get used to new smells, new people, new food, new sounds, and new environments. They can’t adapt to sudden changes.
Thus, try your best to keep most things similar to what they were before the change as they try to get used to their new environment. Basically, cats find more comfort and peace in consistency.
However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never transit to new surroundings or new food.
What you need to do is to make changes in an incremental way instead of switching to new things instantly.
Let the Cat Approach You First
With time, your cat will become more comfortable and start exploring its new environment and knowing its new people. While some cats may start exploring right away, others might take some weeks to start warming up.
Let your cat choose the best time for them to start the bonding process. Cats will always decide on the best time to start befriending new people, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Once your pet is ready to bond, it’ll start showing behaviors such as bunting and kneading. Bunting refers to a cat behavior in which it approaches you and rubs on you with its forehead.
Bunting is often followed with some other friendly acts such as sitting by your side, sitting on you, and purring. Also, take note of when your cat starts kneading.
While kittens knead every now and then, adult cats knead upon feeling relaxed and comfortable around you.
It’s not possible to tell the time when your cat will be ready for bonding.
Some cats may start warming up sooner than you think while others might require more time to gain some courage. Basically, it depends on a cat’s personality.
Know the Right Time to Retract
If you can read the body language of your cat, then you’ll avoid bonding disappointments. Look out for clues from your cat’s body language.
Take note of sings that tell your cat isn’t quite comfortable with you and back off. Look out for signs such as twitching the tail aggressively, extremely dilated pupils, and flattened ears.
Upon noticing such signs, just know it’s not the right time to pet your cat.
At times, purring indicates that your cat is distressed. It can be quite confusing since purring may also be an indicator of a happy cat, and at other times, it might be purring to sooth itself.
If it’s purring and looks agitated, then give it some space to cool off.
Although you shouldn’t push your cat into bonding, there’re some tricks you can use to encourage bonding. For instance, ensure good things are always happening when around the cat.
Give your cat its favorite treats and ensure its food is near your space. Also, make attempts to play with your cat by using hand-off type of toys such as laser pointers.
The cat may not recognize that you’re the one operating the laser. It will play and chase the laser around you. Consequently, the cat will welcome your presence.
Such tricks can be very beneficial, especially when your cat is the shy or skittish type. Such cats are usually expecting fear. When you have fun together with them, they’ll find it easier to bond with you.
It’s also good to note that most cats get motivated with food quite easily. Thus, take advantage of food when attempting to create a strong relationship with your cat.
Take some food treats and place them on the laps. The cat will be motivated to get closer to you to eat and take a nap.
It takes time to bond with a cat. It’s a process that requires patience. You might even be on the right path to making the best of friends with your cat but face a setback along the way.
You’ll need to keep trying until you make it. You’ll surely make more steps forward than backward by being patient.