We may love them and accept them as they are, our dear felines sometimes know how to show a strong character. So to avoid having little savages scratching and biting everything they can get their hands on, and in order to make them the most pleasant companions possible, how do you manage? There are a few tips and exercises to apply to help your cat develop its ability to socialize!
As you can imagine, the two essential ingredients for this operation are patience and kindness. It is best to start applying these tips as early as possible in your cat’s life: this development will be easier and more natural, although it is always possible to start with an adult. Even if your cat retains its small character, this will at least strengthen your bonds and your complicity.
1. Kindness and gentleness above all
It shouldn’t be too complicated… Having patience and indeed seems logical when making the decision to adopt a cat, right? Well, that’s the main quality to keep in mind when trying to make your cat a perfect example of sociability. Each cat has its own behavior, and it should be respected. Don’t force him to do things that make him overtly nervous or aggressive.
2. Give him all the affection he needs
Hugs, tickles, caresses… All means are good to show your affection. And a cat that feels loved is an animal that feels confident and is not afraid of the Other, even if it can still retain a somewhat wild temperament. This will not prevent him from knowing that it has nothing to fear with you, except a shower of hugs!
Affection also goes through nicknames! Feel free to call them by sweet little names if you like. There is no doubt that it will perceive the affection and the love that characterizes them, enough to put them ever more in confidence.
3. Expand your circle of friends
Who says sociable says socialization! Encounters with other humans, cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits – and many others – will give him an ability to discover, which will make them less anxious. The only condition is of course to ensure that the humans or animals with which you provoke the encounter are receptive to cats. If you’re not sure, keep an eye on your pet so things don’t turn sour. Ditto for the environments: cats can reveal real talents of explorers!
4. Teach him some basic commands
Let it be said, “training” a cat is not the easiest mission in the world. But if it knows how to answer the call of the treat bag when it’s hanging out too late or hiding under furniture, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t learn a few basic commands, Nope? Teaching them patiently and repeatedly simple instructions using the principle of reward can become a daily exercise!
Far from forcing your cat, allowing it to obey a few simple instructions can only strengthen your bond and the complicity that unites you. Indeed, it will know as soon as cat hears their name that it is called back to a loving home (and where it can find food in addition to cuddles). Also, it can learn that a well-behaved cat does not climb curtains.
5. Play with him as much as possible
Learning with rewards is good, but assimilating things without realizing it is better! And that’s precisely the whole point of the game and the special times you give to your cat. We know it only too well, the game is the activity par excellence to strengthen ties. We may consider cats as independent animals par excellence, getting into the habit of playing with them on a daily basis will only make them more sociable!