Cats are famous for marching to the beat of their own mew – and feeling like they’re top cat, at all times. But a little cuddle now and then makes it worth all of the feeding, cleaning and pretending we aren’t absolutely dying for a bit of pet love, 90% of the time. But what if your what if your whiskered one just won’t warm up?
Well, the good mews is, your Bombay isn’t a bad kitty by any means. Some breeds are just friendlier than others. And even the coolest cats can be made a little more human-friendly, with the right techniques.
If you’d like to give your cat a little warm-up lesson, try these tips below:
Have the basics down. Make sure your kitty has everything he needs to feel secure – nice food, fresh water, clean litter and fun toys. Without these, ol’ Coco won’t be in the mood for a cuddle. Even playing with your furry friend, or giving him attention when he least expects it, can help him be more affectionate. Cat-pish?
Give him a good pat. If your cat really is a sourpuss, a good pat can actually bring the two of you closer. Most cats purr like crazy over a scratch between the ears, or gentle stroke under the chin. If yours seems a bit scatty or nervous, however, always pat him in the direction of his fur.
Back scratches (just above the tail) and tummy rubs are also favourites among some felines – the key word being ‘some’. Others may have a hissy-fit, so approach with caution – K, kitties?
Reward the good stuff. If you’ve been tender with your Tonkinese and he’s offered even a little love in return, give him a treat to keep that cat-titude coming. Stroking your cat while he’s feeding can also help him make the link between patting and the cat-tastic experience of eating.
Get his cuddle on. To get more hugs out of your Himalayan, try holding him up on your shoulder (like burping a baby) for a few seconds, slowly lengthening the time that you do this. You just don’t want to force him to cuddle, however, or let him jump out of your arms. Instead, gently lower your chilly Chausie to the ground, if he’s had enough. (And believe us, he’ll let you know.)
Try a bit of catnip. On one paw, catnip can help your Cornish Rex feel more playful and affectionate, at least for a little while. On the other, it can also make him more aggressive. So, give the green a go, and see how your kitty responds.
Give natural remedies a whirl. Using a homeopathic approach like Bach’s Rescue Remedy can help your scatty catty relax, and possibly accept a good pat. (Paws crossed!)
Try not to stare. Cute as he is, your cat may regard your loving gaze as threatening. Funny enough, felines relax more when we appear a bit out-of-it. That is, when we look at them through half-closed eyes, and blink slowly when necessary.
See cat’s eye to cat’s eye. Believe it or not, a non-cuddly kitty may see you as a large predator – cat’s a fact. By not approaching your scaredy cat too suddenly, or coming up directly in front of him, you’re taking things right down to his level, where he’s comfortable.
Are we cool, then? Me-ow!