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Every cat has its own character since birth, and the owners should take this into account. Heredity is of great importance, but the formation of the cat’s “personality” is also affected by the manner of the mother-cat’s behavior in the upbringing of the kittens.
One can not say for sure what influences the future character of the kitten – its genetics or society. However, one can be absolutely sure that a baby born from a affectionate cat will have more chances to grow up friendly. This quality will be even stronger if the good-natured cat-father was close and took part in the education of kittens.
Early communication with a person is also an important moment in the development of the kitten. If at the age of 3 to 7 weeks kittens get positive experience in dealing with people, if they are taken in hand, stroked and fed, as a rule, they grow up highly socialized and very friendly.
But it happens, the life experience of your pet is not so successful, especially it concerns the animals picked up from the street. What to do to make the cat become affectionate, if it is “evil as a fury” – scratches, breaks out, shies from any attempts to caress it? And you want her to spend more time on your lap, often coming up to caress next to you.
5 ways to make a cat affectionate
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There are five proven ways to make a cat kind and affectionate or at least more friendly. Following them, you will certainly succeed if, of course, they are ready to work in this direction.
Cats are afraid of sudden movements, loud voices and can take them for aggression. Move slowly, smoothly, so that the pet has the opportunity to get used to your presence and learn how to trust you. Even if the cat is not new to your house, and you have already divided the roof over your head for some time, she will appreciate your new manners.
Do not look closely
Most cats do not take a direct look at the eyes and regard it as a signal of call, danger. Animals avoid contact with people who do not know this rule of conduct.
When looking at a cat, try to blink more slowly and do not tighten direct eye contact. Changing tactics, you will quickly achieve the result, and the animal will soon show more confidence in you.
Do not touch the cat in places where it is unpleasant
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When the cat finally trustingly approached you to caress, you do not need to take it in your arms at that moment, the more abrupt the movement. Just sit next to her, scratch her head between your ears or under your chin, let me rub your muzzle about you and stroke her nose at this moment.
Many people like stroking the back, right on the spine, but do not touch the tummy and the base of the tail. These are very vulnerable places, and many cats instinctively begin to defend themselves, even if they are touched by a familiar person who does not pose a threat to them.
In the head area are glands, with which the cat “notes” their friends, although we do not feel these smells. But the glands in the tail area produce quite different smells, not intended for us with you, so it is not worthwhile to touch these places.
Care for a cat
Cat Grooming is another way to build friendly relations with your pet, make the cat more affectionate and manual. Cats love to take care of themselves and each other: for them, this is a form of social behavior.
Your pet will be very grateful if you will comb her hair with slow, gentle, rhythmic movements, while talking to her at this moment in a low voice.
If a cat likes what you do, she will start licking herself at this moment. But if her tail began to twitch, then the cat was tired, and the procedure must be stopped.
Give your cat treats
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Keep always a few pieces of special treats for cats to reward your beauty when she approaches you or came to sit beside her. Of course, a double portion should be given for jumping to your lap.
Be at this moment absolutely calm, so as not to frighten the animal with its stormy joy about this. Be patient, first look at the behavior of the animal and make sure that the cat wants to be petted.
If the pet is near and puts your head or back under your arm, then be sure to pay attention to it and immediately stop petting at the slightest sign of displeasure.
If you follow these simple rules, then soon your communication with the cat will become a pleasant ritual for both of you.