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The Ultimate Guide to Befriending Cats

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The Ultimate Guide to Befriending Cats

You’ve probably heard that cats and dogs are different species. You may even have heard that cats don’t care about their owners or other animals or don’t like to be touched by humans.

But those are all myths. There’s no reason why you can’t make a friend with felines. All you need is to understand the personality of your feline friend with some patience.

Cats Are Picky

Cats are not like dogs. They are more independent and less social, so they won’t come to you when you call them as a dog would. If a cat runs away from something scary, it’s best to let it return on its terms. Cats can be afraid of new people and places. Cats also don’t always want to cuddle with you; sometimes, they just want their space.

As far as aggression goes, cats generally aren’t as aggressive as dogs can be. However, there’s still potential conflict between pets within households or unintended territories (like the hallway outside your bedroom). Other than that, most cats should be able to get along just fine with other pets in the house (no matter how territorial they may be). 

Be Affectionate

Cats are social animals, and they’re also natural affection seekers. They’re not going to come crawling up to you unannounced, but if you make it clear that you’d like to be their friend and make long-term companionship a priority, they will respond.

Here are some ways to show affection:

  • Stroke the cat’s back
  • Pet the cat’s head or chin
  • Tickle their ears – cats tend to love this and often respond with a purr. 

Don’t Be Noisy Or Overbearing

When it comes to befriending cats, noise is not your friend. Cats are susceptible to noise, and they don’t like it one bit. Now, if you think about how often you yell at your cat for doing something wrong, it’s easy to reflect upon why you may have difficulty making friends with them.

The best way to avoid this problem is by being quiet while they’re around other people or animals (especially dogs).

Cats are independent animals who can care for themselves without needing anyone except one human family member who will feed them regularly throughout their lives (and maybe clean their litter boxes). 

Dim The Lights

Cats are nocturnal, so it only makes sense that they’re more active at night. When you’re sleeping, and it’s dark in your room, cats will be sleeping too, and they want to sleep in the dark. If your cat is afraid of the night (or even just sensitive to light), it might find it difficult to sleep with a bright light on. In some cases, if you have a cat afraid of the dark, keeping a nightlight nearby can help them feel safe and comfortable enough to fall asleep. 

Don’t Go Overboard With Them

Use some toys to encourage playfulness and exercise. Many cats enjoy playing with toys, and it’s a good idea to have a few around for your cat to use. However, you should strictly avoid giving your cat too many toys or playing with them too enthusiastically. Your cat will get stressed by the attention paid to its toy and may stop playing altogether if they feel overwhelmed.

Likewise, if you’re playing with your cat too roughly or for too long at a time, it may stop enjoying it as much as it once did. Also, keep a healthy diet and never compromise as it’s crucial for their growth and overall health. An online store like PetCareRx can offer a wide range of food for kittens and grown-up cats. You’ll also find a variety of toys and accessories for your cat in such stores.

Maintain Eye Contact

Here are a few tips for maintaining eye contact with cats:

  • Don’t stare directly into their eyes. Cats are sensitive to eye contact, so direct eye contact can be threatening. If you’re talking to your cat and looking at them while doing so, they’ll feel more comfortable with the interaction.
  • Be consistent with your eye contact. Remember that if you make direct eye contact one time, then turn away and look away frequently the next time, your cat will be confused by this inconsistency and may not respond as well (if at all). The same applies when someone else is trying to interact with your cat. If one person stares directly into their eyes without blinking while speaking kindly, but another person does not do this every time they interact, your cat will likely become confused about how he should respond to different people’s attempts at communication.
  • Stay low and approach from below their head. It helps if you stay quiet and come at them from a position of weakness (by visiting beneath the cat’s line of sight). This is what cats do when they’re trying to get friendly with each other, so it makes sense that this would work well with others. 

Don’t Just Pet Their Head

Petting a cat’s head is excellent, and cats love it. But they also enjoy being petted down the spine and all along their sides. You should also spend some time playing with your new friend’s paws.

Play catch with a toy mouse or ball with bells inside (cats love to chase anything). This also helps exercise your cat’s mind by keeping them busy chasing after objects. This will keep them from getting bored, which means less destruction around the house.

Also, pick up your kitty and hold them tight in your arms (but not too tight). They’ll probably purr happily while enjoying being hugged by you.

Conclusion

Cats are rewarding pets to have, and it’s worth the effort to get to know them. They’ll repay you with love and companionship for the rest of their lives. If you’re looking for a friend who will always be there for you, consider adopting a cat from your local shelter today.

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