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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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/16/2013 7:28:34 PM


CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

4/5/2013 11:33:39 AM

Kat -- You've raised and been around cats your entire life, and you have two affectionate cats in addition to a house full of family, and you want to get rid of your third cat because you can't pick her up? This comment surprises me. You cat appears comfortable and happy in her home. She doesn't seem to exhibit "crazyness" as you say. Rehoming or uprooting her would perhaps exacerbate her reserved personality, which would not be in her best interest.

Please reconsider your stance on this kitten. Please also remember that she is indeed still a kitten, and might prefer darting off and playing to curling up and cuddling.

Kat    Jacksonville, FL

4/4/2013 8:20:08 AM

My family consists of Me & my Hubby, my 2 daughters (11 & 15). In addition, I have a 12 yr old lab/golder retriever "Romeo" (teddy bear, couch potato dog) Also, I have 1 tuxedo male cat "Poopy" (extremely affectionate and a ma'ma's boy) 8 years old & another 2-3 yr old male "Weasel" (Sokot/Tabby) cat for about 2 years.Last but not least, I have Gypsy (almost 1 yr old female kitten) Tabby/Calico since she was about 3-mo's old.My males are very affectionate and ALL my cats get along with each other very well. I have raised and been around cats my whole entire life (I'm 32). My question is why is my "Gypsy" so "stand-offish" most of the time. Every now & then she will come to you for affectionate (which is typical for some cats), she will spread out on the floor and loves to be looked at, but most the time she runs if you want to pet her or try to pick her up(which we can pick her up, she just fights "sometimes" to get down). She's extremely energetic,playful, very healthy and friendly.... just EXTREMELY skittish??? Why and how do I stop this? I am thinking of maybe finding her another home with a couple or single person (no other pets or kids) maybe she will react better with a more calmer home? OR is there a cure for her crazyness?? LOL

Vendetta    McMinnville, TN

12/31/2012 6:24:59 PM

I am in the process of taming a feral kitten. She was very timid but with lots of work I am happy with her progress. When giving treats, I just grab her in a towel and pet her and love on her and now she is getting much more friendlier. It takes lots of patience and time. I have two other cats. One is 7 and the other was kind of half feral. He still goes outdoors to hunt but comes inside to visit everyday and gets his warm dish of milk.

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