How to get a cat to like you in 5 easy steps
Before bringing a new cat home, you must have at some point envisioned how life with a furry family member could turn out to be.
For most people, this dream includes affection, companionship, fun, and playtime. All too often, however, there are those who expect cats to be the ones to do all the work. This likely stems from the misconception that they come pre-trained and are low maintenance.
As a result, many cats end up in animal shelters because people never really understand what cats needs in the first place. They then misunderstand the motivation behind their behaviors.
Therefore, to have the relationship that you have always desired with your pet, some involvement on your part is mandatory. Here is how to get a cat to like you in 5 easy steps as follows:
For those starting off with a kitten(s), now is the time to gently expose it to the things that it will come across in its life. You can begin by getting it comfortable with being touched and held so that grooming and medicating will not be problematic down the line.
Expose your kitten to other sounds, people, traveling in its carrier, visits to the veterinary clinic etc. If done gently and safely, this should make a significant difference in how your cat adjusts to new experiences and changes as it grows.
2. Train with patience and love
Do not assume that your cat/kitten automatically knows the house rules. Cats require training and the good news is that they are easy to train.
Use kindness and force-free methods in order to establish a successful roadmap for your pet toward the behavior you wish to instill. Also, avoid punishment as it makes your cat afraid of you, and may serve to increase the intensity of its behaviors.
For instance, if you punish your pet for being aggressive, chances are that it will continue to exhibit the same behavior, especially now that it feels more threatened.
When it comes to the basics of how to get a cat to like you, there is no room for yelling, hitting, squirting with water, or any other punitive methods.
Cats/kittens do not misbehave intentionally so there is no reason for punishment. When your pet displays behavior that you do not like, remember that to them, this is completely normal. It is up to you to provide an alternative that will satisfy both of you.
To do this, determine the underlying cause of the behavior and provide more appealing options.
3. Play time
Interactive playtime is, undoubtedly, one of the best ways to bond and build trust with your cat.
Being hunters, cats were born to move and use their incredible skill to stalk and/or capture prey. It is thus advisable to engage in interactive play sessions (at least 20 minutes each) with your cat at least twice a day.
To increase the quality of your pet’s daily life, you could provide it with opportunities to play when he/she is alone during the night or day. Puzzle toys, cat trees, cat shelving, tunnels, food dispensing toys, and other cat structures can turn a no-hum, boring environment into a feline playground.
Remember, providing play opportunities does not mean that you have to break the bank. Some of the best climbing structures or puzzle feeders are the ones that are homemade.
4. Ideal litter box setup
Bottom-line, it is not about what is appealing to you but what works best for your cat.
More often than not, people try and hide litter boxes in remote locations where they are easily forgotten and consequently, not cleaned enough. Litter boxes, however, ought to be easily accessible. They need to be the right size and filled with soft litter that your pet likes so he/she will feel safe when using it.
And here is one aspect of cat happiness that is often overlooked when it comes to litter boxes: ensure that the box is scooped at least twice a day.
5. Proper veterinary care
The cat you rescued from the side of the road requires the same quality vet care as the purebred purchased from expensive high-end breeders.
Make sure that it visits a vet annually until it is a senior after which visits should be twice yearly.
This is because cats are quite good at masking their illness and pain. Often, the only way that cat owners know that something is amiss is when a cat shows change in either appetite, behavior, litter box routine, or water intake.
Avoid skipping veterinary appointments because doing could cause suffering to your pet.
If you want to know how to get a cat to like you, the above 5 steps should stand you in good stead as you seek to not only strengthen the bond you share with your cat, but increase his/her level of happiness and health as well.