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

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Schedule 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.

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Bianca    Vancouver, WA

11/29/2014 8:59:32 PM

Hi I have a DSH calico that I found orphaned when she was 2-3wks old ow she's about 5 1/2 was and healthy but the one thing that worries me is she suddenly starts biting, scratching or just becomes skittish. she doesn't hiss or growl so I assume maybe it's play? But she also does it when we pet her. Could it be because she was orphaned so young? Does she need other kitten companions to rough house with? How can we correct her?

Bianca    Vancouver, WA

11/29/2014 8:58:45 PM

Hi I have a DSH calico that I found orphaned when she was 2-3wks old ow she's about 5 1/2 was and healthy but the one thing that worries me is she suddenly starts biting, scratching or just becomes skittish. she doesn't hiss or growl so I assume maybe it's play? But she also does it when we pet her. Could it be because she was orphaned so young? Does she need other kitten companions to rough house with? How can we correct her?

Bianca    Vancouver, WA

11/29/2014 8:58:01 PM

Hi I have a DSH calico that I found orphaned when she was 2-3wks old ow she's about 5 1/2 was and healthy but the one thing that worries me is she suddenly starts biting, scratching or just becomes skittish. she doesn't hiss or growl so I assume maybe it's play? But she also does it when we pet her. Could it be because she was orphaned so young? Does she need other kitten companions to rough house with? How can we correct her?

Bianca    Vancouver, WA

11/29/2014 8:57:16 PM

Hi I have a DSH calico that I found orphaned when she was 2-3wks old ow she's about 5 1/2 was and healthy but the one thing that worries me is she suddenly starts biting, scratching or just becomes skittish. she doesn't hiss or growl so I assume maybe it's play? But she also does it when we pet her. Could it be because she was orphaned so young? Does she need other kitten companions to rough house with? How can we correct her?

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