How Do I Bond With My Cat?

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, professional cat sitter, shares her experience in bonding with cats.

By Jeanne Adlon | Posted: July 23, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

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Q: What is the best way to bond with my new cat?

A: Once you create a special bond with your cat, you will have a friend for life. That is certainly true of my cat Muriel who I rescued from a farm when she was only 8 weeks old. Truth be told, she actually she adopted me!

I had my eye on another kitten but Muriel had other ideas. She rolled over in front me and lay down on my feet, not letting me pass. How could I resist — I adopted both. It was love at first sight and that was seven years ago. Wherever I go and whatever I do, be it chores around the house or just reading the newspaper, Muriel wants to be a part of it, even now. I always talk to her and my other cats but Muriel takes it a step further. While I am on the phone, she actually thinks I am speaking to her, though she hasn’t figured out what I am holding up to my face. She joins in by meowing loudly. It is adorable, although I often wonder what the people on the other end of the phone think.

Bonding with your cat relies on trust. Cats need to feel safe and secure with you. Talking softly to them, petting them, playing with them, grooming them and giving lots of love and affection should help develop a true bond. I am a big believer in treats so make sure you give your kitty some as a part of your routine. Do not force yourself on your cat. Let him set the pace. Some are lap cats and others just enjoy being petted. They will let you know what is and is not OK — you know they always like to have the last meow.

Enjoy the wonderful rewards of bonding with your cat. As always I welcome your stories and comments.

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Mickey    Shawnee, KS

3/7/2012 5:09:45 AM

Its more of a language than just a friendship. Ive been a volunteer
At my local animal shelter for about 4 years now and I understand the
Language. Every cat is different. I especially love the hard cases.
I've been working with her for about 2 months now and she knows that
She's my baby. I'm the only one that she trusts enough to let me pet
Her. But she's still scared. If your cat trust u enough that they greet u in
Anyway u can start picking them up occusionly for short periods of time and
Let them jump down. If u do this more often it will be easier to put them in a
Kennel for vet visits

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

7/29/2010 4:20:05 PM

Nice article.

Bobbi    SF, CA

7/28/2010 6:04:22 PM

Wonderful article!

Holly    Stouffville, ON

7/28/2010 3:21:02 PM

Great tips! Thanks for the article!

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