Love Your Pet:
Tips For Bonding With Your Cat
Having a cat is not for the faint of heart. Cats are independent and keep to themselves, making it difficult to break down barriers so they become companions rather than roommates -- but it's not impossible. Here are 6 tips for bonding with your cat.
Nutrition needs vary from cat to cat, so talk to your vet about how much food your cat should be getting daily. When you know the right amount of food to put in his dish each day, set feeding times. This idea trains your cat to come to you when it's time to eat. It's fine to put all the food out at once (if your cat is not an overeater), but if he knows when it's coming and that you're putting it out, he knows he can rely on you.
Poise & Patience
Let your cat roam your home and get to know the environment on her own. When you can see she's comfortable in her new surroundings, then try to get to know her by petting her and letting her sniff and lick you. It takes time and patience, but it's worth the wait for a few good purrs.
A cat's sense of smell is used to support most of their basic instincts. They use it to find food, to avoid predators and to find mates. Familiar smells put cats at ease, so it's important for your cat to get acquainted with your scent. By being around your cat, he can pick up your scent, but you can speed up the bonding process by sleeping with a blanket you plan to use for your cat's bed, or, if there's a place you notice he's been hiding, put an old or worn shirt (unwashed) in the spot so he can roll around in your natural perfume. When he's immersed in your odor, it becomes less threatening when you try to pet him and give him affection.
Peace & Quiet
Keep noise and sudden movements to a minimum. Cats run from clatter -- especially in unfamiliar places. Try not to shout or use loud appliances like vacuum cleaners until your cat is comfortable. You don't want him to associate you with things that scare him or he might become scared of you.
Just like humans, cats like a good toy, but they rarely need help getting the party started. That means you have to actively engage in playtime with your cat by tossing tumbler toys or balls with bells to encourage him interact with you. While laser pointers are fun for both cats and owners, cats can't really see the connection between the toy and human. Wand toys are good because they can see that you hold and control the toy.
Cat Within Reach
Don't force yourself into your cat's world, but don't be afraid to inch your way nearer to him by lowering yourself to his level and hanging out. You're less intimidating on the floor than standing five feet above him. When you're close to the ground, it's easier for him to come to you for pets and affection.
Pets help create a happy home, and at The Lakeside Collection, we have products to help you make your home comfortable for your pet. Whether you need a hummingbird feeder for your cat to watch out the window or ideas for bonding with your cat, look to Lakeside for awesome products and great ideas.