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How To Build A Bond With Your Cat: Show Them ‘Kitty Love’ That They Will Enjoy!
“Love is like a cat, it chooses you.”
Your cat jumps onto your chest as you lay on the sofa after a stressful day at work, letting you know they care. Developing this kind of bond with your cat rescue, or adopted kitten may require patience, but the rewards life lifechanging. Cats are typically seen as independent animals, but they are very capable creating meaningful connections with their human companions. Remember that just like humans, each kitty has a unique personality, so it’s important not to assume that all cats behave the same way.
“Kitty Love, the special connection between humans and feline friends, is a bond that defies comparison.”
The Wild Love Tails Team
Falling in love with your feline friend is easy, but understanding how they feel about you can be challenging. When courting a kitty for adoption, take the time to let them bond with you and let it be “their decision” to choose you. It may require patience, but the wait will be worth it. This is especially critical with an outdoor rescue cat that has had to endure the dangers of predators, humans and the elements. Allow them to come to you and do not try to rush the process.
While you are focused on bonding, remember that cats still need their own space and alone time. Sometimes it seems like you’re winning on the bonding front, and then you sweet kitty wants nothing to do with you, but all they are asking for is some alone time. Another thing to keep in mind, if your cat nips, bites, or swats at you, don’t take it personally – give them some space and they’ll come back to you when they are ready.
Here are some great ideas our team put together to help you bond and show you cat a little Kitty Love:
Chat with your Cat: Many cats love to chat. They may do so by simply listening and in other cases they meow back, almost acknowledging that they understand. You cat loves to hear your voice, so don’t be afraid to talk to them about what you are doing and let them be part of your story.
Say hello to your fellow: Start the day with a little hello, say hi when you walk through the door and it doesn’t hurt to say goodbye when you head outr. Do this for a few days and you will start to see you kitty respond with their own hello!
Attention shows affection: Spend time with your cat, petting them, playing with them, and talking to them. Cats thrive on attention and affection from their owners, and these interactions can help strengthen your bond.
Cats need to lead: Cats like to be the boss, so let them feel in charge. If they are trying to get your attention, let them lead you. Often they want to tell you they would like more food, need a water refill or want to play. Take the time to notice and wait for them to tell you what to do, stopping when they stop and moving when they do.
Treats are sweet: Treats are a great way to show your cat some love but be sure to give them in moderation. You can also try offering your cat some of their favorite foods, such as cooked chicken or tuna, as an extra special treat.
EmbracesCozy spaces : Create cozy and warm cat spaces that provide a comfortable bed or designated spot where your cat can curl up and relax. Consider adding some blankets or pillows to make the space extra inviting.
Entertainment makes a statement: Cats love to play, so provide your cat with plenty of toys and interactive games to keep them stimulated and engaged. Try rotating their toys regularly to keep things interesting. Sometimes the simplest toys are the best from corks which are light and cat sized to elastic ponytail holders that glide across the floor with ease.
Grooming can be soothing: Introduce you kitty to a soft brush or comb to minimize shedding and maximize pleasure. You can go further and clean their ears and trim their nails to expand the bonding experiences for you and your cat.
Barrages of massages: Deep tissue massage done gently down your kitty’s back will relax them almost instantly. Start at the nape of their neck and slowly bring your fingers together without squeezing hard and work your way down the spine. If the love it, they will come back for more.
We hope we have inspired you to find the right ways to bond with your cat. It is so important to remember that every cat is different, and what works for one cat may not work for another. Take the time to observe your cat’s behavior and preferences and adjust your approach accordingly. With patience, love, and care, you can build a strong and rewarding relationship with your feline companion.
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