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9 Things Your Cat Wants You to Do

 

9 things your cat wants you to do

When you bring your new cat home I’m sure you have a picture of what life will be like with that furry family member. For most people that dream includes companionship, affection, playtime and fun. All-too-often though, some people expect the cat to be the one to do all the work. It comes from the misconception that cats are low maintenance and that they come pre-trained. Many cats end up in shelters because people misunderstand the motivation behind behaviors or they never really understood what cats need in the first place.

To have the relationship with your cat you’ve always wanted it will take education and awareness on your part. Here is my list of 9 things that will help you strengthen the bond you share with your cat and increase his level of health and happiness. Although there are many other things needed when it comes to helping your cat live a full, happy life, these 9 tips will get you started in the right direction.

quote from Joe Bonsall

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1. Socialize

If you’re starting off with a youngster, now is the time to gently expose him to the things he’ll come across in his life. Get him comfortable with being held and touched so medicating and grooming him later won’t involve the need for bandaging your hand afterward. Expose him to other people, sounds, traveling in his carrier, visits to the veterinary clinic and so on. If done safely and gently, it may make a big difference in how your cat adjusts to changes and new experiences as he grows.

2. Feed Good Quality Food

Good nutrition plays a big role in your cat’s health. Feed good quality food that’s appropriate for your cat’s stage of life and health condition. This is not the place to opt for convenience over quality. If you’re unsure what food to feed your cat or even how much you should be feeding, talk with your veterinarian.

Don’t allow your cat to become obese and don’t get in the trap of feeding one food exclusively. If you want to avoid the risk of having your cat develop a fixed food preference, feed a variety of appropriate foods so he learns to accept various tastes and flavors. Whether you decide to feed commercial cat food, raw or homemade, get educated on what your cat specifically needs.

3 comments

  1. I started watching Psycho Kitty and have learned so much! My 17 year old cat had to be put down due to organ failure and I adopted a 7 year old cat from the ASPCA. She’s very sweet but was declawed when I adopted her. Should I still have a scratching post? She still has her rear claws. I am not sure if this is related but she’ll be purring and enjoy having her cheeks petted then suddenly will “bite”, she doesn’t apply force but her ears will go down, tail wags, eyes staring etc. If I don’t push her away or get her off my lap she starts purring again. Since watching the series I realized she has been extremely bored (not very many toys and also no cat tree, I have one being delivered in 2 days). I made her a puzzle toy and she seems much happier with just the puzzle toy. Could her little bites be caused from boredom? When I notice her tail, eyes and ears I bring my hands completely away from her (she’ll sometimes bite just because my hand is near her). She still says on my chest and won’t leave so I don’t know what is wrong with her.

  2. THis is a question for anyone who might have experienced the same issue.

  3. Our cat came with a biting issue as well. How we have handled it is gently, by withdrawing our hand, holding our finger up in a “ scold” and saying “ no bite” then stopping all play or petting and ignoring her for a period of time. It takes time and she definitely understands. She is much better. She forgets occasionally but it just takes a little reminder now. It’s been 4 years