Once you adopted a cat, you may be asking yourself, how to raise a cat? Some cats and particular breeds are friendlier than others and love being picked up, cuddled or petted, other cats are antisocial and don’t like this sort of attention, it all depends on their personality because just like people, cats have different personalities.
If you are not lucky enough to have a cat who automatically seeks out your affection, here are seven tips on how to raise a cat that will help your cat feel comfortable and allow their friendly personality to flourish.
If you have a kitten it’s best to get a start on this early so that way you can have a social, well-mannered kitty. It may take some motivation and determination on your part and it will take maybe some weeks of effort, but if you do these basic things with lots of love and affection at the end you should end up with a friendly, trusting cat.
1. Starting the right way
The initial stage of coaxing a cat into being more friendly is to let him recognize your positive intentions by dependably offering him clean water, good food, fun toys to play with and a litterbox that is cleaned regularly.
Kittens and younger cats can become scared if you don’t handle them with care. If you prove to your cat that we humans are trustworthy and kind they are likely to be much more responsive and crave your attention in return.
Spend extra time with your cat, letting him see you not as his owner but as his friend, meal provider and guardian. If he’s not coming up to you to say hi, be proactive: walk over to him and lavish affection on him. Once he gets used to all this attention, he might very well start seeking it out from you.
The best thing that you can do is make sure no one acts inappropriately with the kitten at home. Cats develop phobias easily and at the very least, can hold a grudge for a long time. For example, if a cat came from a household with children that were mean to it, that cat may never tolerate children.
2. Be Affectionate With your cat
There is a technique called “scoop and snuggle” that works very well. The idea is that you teach the kitten to feel comfortable and safe with human contact by scooping him into your arms and holding him close to your body like you would a baby. Make sure that he feels totally supported the whole time.. Once he is comfortable with this, stroke his ears, paws, and face with your fingers. This action imitates the way a mother cat would clean and groom him, and helps him associate petting with feelings of safety and security.
Talk to your kitty while preparing his food. When he begins eating, gently stroke him a few times. This will help him associate being petted with a positive experience. Don’t forget that, as I told you in my previous post, the quality of his diet is very important: it has to be energy dense, rich in protein and highly digestible.
3. Play with your
Cats need a variety of toys that relate to different aspects of their personalities, like stalking, chasing, and snuggling, keep play sessions to about 10 to 20 minutes, so as not to overtire him.
Most cats are playful by nature so, try to play with him, maybe chasing after a laser pointer. Laser pointers are fun, but use caution and never shine the beam directly in your cat’s eyes, or bounce it off a reflective surface.
You can also get him to paw at a piece of string. But be careful with strings. Many toys have strings dangling off of them, that, once ingested, can kill your cat.
Other great toys for cats are balls and crumpled pieces of paper which are great fun to chase and bat around. Also get for him stuffed toys that have safe stuffing, and no small parts that could be swallowed. Look for toys made just for pets,
Play with you cat and you will see that when he’s happy, you’ll be happier, and these mutual good feelings will carry over into your relationship together.
4. Try a Little Catnip
Catnip and its relatives contain a chemical called nepetalactone that binds to the olfactory receptors of cats to produce its effects — basically, cats smell or eat it and are put under its spell.
The effects of that spell differ almost on a cat-by-cat basis but it doesn’t work in kittens. If the cat is 6 months or older, bringing out a tin of catnip often brings timid felines out of their shells, and aloof cats sometimes become far friendlier under the influence of catnip.
5. Use the “Slow Blink”
The eyes are part of a feline’s communication system. A slow blink consists of your cat staring at you and then blinking very slowly. Slow blinking by a cat (sort of an eyes-almost-closed look, almost trance-like) is a good sign, it’s a sign of love or trust. Slowly blinking at you is a sign of pure love, and it’s often even referred to as a “kitty kisss”. Many cat behaviorists say that if you slow blink back, you’re communicating your love via your cat’s language.
Do not directly stare a cat down, you’ll only make the cat nervous. They see a stare-down like this as a threat.
6. Teach them to come when you call them
Can Cats Really Learn Tricks And Commands? Of course they can!
Cats are very clever animals and should have no problem recognizing their names after a bit of repetition. Practice calling your cat by his name and once he starts coming, you can reward him with a treat. When educate yourself on how to raise a cat, remember that it is very important to use positive reinforcement, encouragement and lots of treats. Negative punishments and disciplining your cat is not going to get you the desired result.
Cats that come on command aren’t shy and enjoy being around people. If you teach them to come when you call them then they can learn to do this for others, too.
7. Introduce your cat to feline-friendly dogs
Most cats are naturally afraid of dogs, and some even more so due to bad experiences. If you have a dog in your home this will be easier, but if not try socializing your kitten/cat around a dog that doesn’t mind kitties.
The younger that your cat is when you introduce him to a cat-friendly dog the better it is for them to learn that some dogs can be nice. Use gentle praise and don’t be stressed out and nervous.
Hope you enjoyed these 7 tips on how to raise a cat. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will be glad to answer you.