Cats. How to Get On with Your Pet. 10 Great Basic TipsKeith
Cats are stunning creatures and owning one is very rewarding . How well do you get along? 10 tips which we hope you’ll find valuable, whether you’re new to cats or not.
1. Play with your cat daily
Cats have a reputation for being aloof and independent, but this isn’t quite true. Cats love attention, through play. Take time to make the bond with your cat by playing every day at some game.
2. Have a routine
They are creatures of habits who love routine. The best way to keep your cat happy and healthy is to keep their routine, and yours, as consistent as possible. If you make changes, introduce them gradually. Something that may not seem like a big change to you, may be to your cat.
3. Don’t punish your cat
Cats are much more receptive to rewards and treats than they are to punishment. Never physically hurt your cat. Trying to teach your cat good behaviour this way does not work and can lead to more disruptive, even aggressive, behaviour.
4. Give your cat some space at the litter box
When your cat is using the litter box they are on high alert. They feel vulnerable and are on the lookout for predators. Do Not Disturb.
5. Let your cat sleep in peace
Cats usually like up to 20 hours of sleep and without it they will suffer mentally and physically without it. If you want to cuddle or play with your cat, wait until it’s not sleepy time.
6. Don’t stare at a cat
Cats think staring to be intimidating and confrontational. If you must stare into their cats eyes, do a slow blink which means trust and affection.
7. Don’t corner your cat
They hate it! If your cat feels unable to make a quick escape it is likely to react aggressively. There will be times when you need to corner your cat of course, for example to get them into a carrier when its vet visiting time. Its easier to get your pet into your arms in another room and then stroll to the room where the carrier is.
8. Never grab their tail
This may be obvious, but it’s worth remembering that children will sometimes grab a cat’s tail if it’s running away, without knowing the harm it can do. If a cat’s tail is broken it can easily result in amputation as it can’t be healed. Make all children aware of. Even if it causes no injury, your cat won’t like it.
9. Don’t pick your cat up with the scruff of its neck
This is a thing mummy cats use to move their kittens. If you try this with an older cat you will scare it and possibly hurt it. A kitten is lightweight and the mother knows exactly where to grab.
10. Learn the feline language
A cat will tell you all sorts through both its vocal and body language. Perhaps the most heard cat sound, the meow of an adult cat is almost only used to communicate with humans and not other moggies. A meow generally denotes that your cat is asking for something food or attention usually. It could be greeting you or to let you know they are angry or upset. When it comes to body language, there are a whole host of meanings that can be interpreted. You’ll get used to tail messages, what eyes and ears convey, and the meanings of different body stances. If you respond accordingly, your cat will feel more bonded with you