Q: What is the best way to bond with my new cat?
A: Once you create a special bond with your cat, you will have a friend for life. That is certainly true of my cat Muriel who I rescued from a farm when she was only 8 weeks old. Truth be told, she actually she adopted me!
I had my eye on another kitten but Muriel had other ideas. She rolled over in front me and lay down on my feet, not letting me pass. How could I resist — I adopted both. It was love at first sight and that was seven years ago. Wherever I go and whatever I do, be it chores around the house or just reading the newspaper, Muriel wants to be a part of it, even now. I always talk to her and my other cats but Muriel takes it a step further. While I am on the phone, she actually thinks I am speaking to her, though she hasn’t figured out what I am holding up to my face. She joins in by meowing loudly. It is adorable, although I often wonder what the people on the other end of the phone think.
Bonding with your cat relies on trust. Cats need to feel safe and secure with you. Talking softly to them, petting them, playing with them, grooming them and giving lots of love and affection should help develop a true bond. I am a big believer in treats so make sure you give your kitty some as a part of your routine. Do not force yourself on your cat. Let him set the pace. Some are lap cats and others just enjoy being petted. They will let you know what is and is not OK — you know they always like to have the last meow.
Enjoy the wonderful rewards of bonding with your cat. As always I welcome your stories and comments.