Quick Tips: Increase Your Cat's Sociability

Use daily play sessions to increase your cat's tolerance of people and other pets.

Posted: Wed Nov 20 00:00:00 PST 2002

Printer Friendly
Cat waiting for playtime that will increase sociabilitySchedule daily play periods when you can concentrate on your cats. These sessions should take place in a room your cats like. After several minutes of play, switch feline partners, then interact with the cats together. After playtime, groom, stroke or relax with the cats. Such interaction will increase your cats' tolerance of each other and reduce their rivalry. When stroking or interacting with either cat, mention the other cat's name to form a positive association between the two.

To boost your cats' acceptance of other people, invite a friend to the house (someone with a mellow personality) shortly after the cats' feeding time. Have the friend interact with the more trustful cat, observe the other at play, then slowly join in with the less trusting cat. Also, find a cat-sitter with a relaxed manner. He or she can even run through the previously mentioned procedure with your cats. Repetition is the key when trying to extend a cat's sociability. Remember, change always takes time, so be patient.

- More Kitten Tips -

Printer Friendly

 Give us your opinion on
Quick Tips: Increase Your Cat's Sociability

Submit a Comment   Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/8/2013 8:03:22 AM

thanks for the info

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

1/14/2013 2:57:16 AM

good article, thanks

dayna    easton, PA

8/11/2012 6:42:59 AM

good article. Going to try this. My male cat always harrasses my older female cat twinkles and puts a lot of stress on her and i have been trying to find ways to alleviate this.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

4/12/2012 10:06:34 AM

Vendetta -- A few things are going on here. Your calico is declawed, and doesn't have the ability to fight back against any aggressors (even playful ones). This could cause some fear when "dive-bombed." Also, the other resident cat is mainly an outdoor cat; you haven't said whether you want to bring in this cat. That will lead you to an effective way to socialize this cat and/or try to ease relations between the two cats. You can reach out to our behavior expert, Marilyn Krieger, by emailing her a detailed letter through the link on her homepage: LINK

View Current Comments


Top Products

ADS BY GOOGLE