Cats have intrigued me for as long as I can remember—one of the reasons we at Laura's Kitty Kare of Flat Rock enjoy cat sitting.
Cats of all personalities exist, from extroverted, outgoing individuals to introverted loners and shy individuals who desire extra time to build a connection.
Some cats are friendly and eager to make new feline pals, while others are more reserved or skittish and require more time to get to know them. They may have been badly hurt once and therefore do not trust humans.
We are pleased to befriend our charges in record time, and we would like to share with you the techniques we use. If you've never cared for cats before, are frightened of them, or would like to know how to make that skittish cat trust you more quickly, keep reading.
The Top 5 Dos
1. Ignore them. Ignore the cat if he runs away when you enter the room. Wait until he gets used to your voice, smell, and presence before approaching him. He will soon realize you are not a threat, and when curiosity gets the better of him, he will come over to investigate you.
2. Making yourself small. When you want to make yourself appear less threatening, make yourself seem less. You can make yourself appear less intimidating by crouching down or sitting on the ground and letting the cat come over to sniff you. Cats rely heavily on scent, so this is his way of getting to know you.
3. Be calm around them. Keep your cool around him, and speak in a gentle voice. Avoid loud noises or quick, jerky movements. If he's in another room, let him know you are coming, so you don't startle him.
4. Slow down your blink rate. Slow blinks are a cat's way of saying, 'I like you,' and when you look at a cat, you want to make eye contact, but it can feel threatening. It is a great way to connect with your cat. When you first meet a cat, look at them with half-closed eyes and slowly blink. Then look away.
5. Play with them. Cats are always up for a game. Whether at the dinner table or chasing a laser pointer around the house. Playing is suitable for both their physical and mental health and boosts their confidence. It is also a fantastic way to connect with them.
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The Top 5 Don'ts
1. Rub their belly. Despite common belief, he isn't requesting a belly rub when a cat lies on his back. He's merely resting. When an animal exposes his belly and neck, he reveals his trust—the highest degree of vulnerability. It would be best if you would not betray his trust by behaving in the way he detests most.
2. Shout at them. Don't shout at your cat, even if he's misbehaving—you will only frighten him and make him distrust you. You might lose his trust entirely or make him retaliate.
3. Use your hands as play toys. You will demonstrate to him that he can sink his claws and teeth into your limbs whenever he needs to satisfy his hunting instinct. Instead, please give him a toy so he can sink his claws and teeth away from you. It will keep you safer and promote better behavior in the cat.
4. Invade their space. A cat is a territorial animal, so you must respect his boundaries. Don't follow him around the house or trap him in a small space so that you can pet him. You will only frighten him and make him wary of you if you do this. Give him time and space—a cat's affection cannot be rushed!
5. Tease them. It is important not to tease a cat when jumping for joy or having fun. Firstly, this activity might result in injuries if the cat falls badly, and secondly, the cat does not understand that the act is meant as a joke. These incidents could cause him to become mistrustful or develop behavioral problems.
These simple tips will make your next cat sitting experience more pleasurable!
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