13 Ways to Get Your Cat to Like You
We asked the experts how you can make your standoffish kitty love you as much as you love her. Here’s what they recommend you do—and should never do.
If you have a kitten, make sure she’s exposed to people
If you adopt a cat very young, you can help your kitty get used to people by handling her regularly. “We do know that cats that are properly socialized to humans as kittens display less fear of humans and more social behavior,” Vitale says. Pet the kitten all over (as long as your pet is comfortable—as always, leave animals alone if they get aggressive), including on the feet, while speaking to the kitten in a calm voice. Offer good treats at the end of a session.
Don’t assume your cat will love you more if he’s an only cat
Whether or not a cat is happy around other felines is really unpredictable. “Some cats will feel more secure as the only cat in the house, and others will feel more secure in a multi-cat household,” Vitale says. A shy kitty might come out of his shell if you adopt a companion cat, but you can’t count on it. You should probably be worried if your cat shows any of these 15 signs he’s angry at you.
Make sure your cat has a safe place to hide
No matter how much you love your cat, she must have a space of her own, where your pet can retreat if your affection stresses her out. “Allowing them to have their own space where they can deposit their scent will help cats feel more secure in the house and may lead to them displaying a healthier bond with their owner,” Vitale says. So when your cat runs off to hide in that special bed in the den, don’t chase her. Instead, trust that your pet is getting the alone time she needs to relax so that she will be ready to play and cuddle with you later. Next, check out these 21 cat adoption photos that will melt your heart.