If you have just welcomed a new cat into your home, it’s important to spend some quality time together to help create a lasting and loving relationship with your new friend.
While the bonding process will happen naturally over time, ensuring your cat feels as happy and as comfortable as possible right from the beginning is helpful to establish a great connection that will last many years to come.
Unsure how to bond with your new cat? Here are a few ideas:
Give them attention:
If there’s one thing you should do to bond with your new cat, it’s cuddle time! Cats love to be stroked and patted, so choose a comfortable position on the couch or bed, put them on your lap and give them plenty of love and attention. Cats enjoy being patted on the top and sides of their heads as well as their chin and will usually purr, roll around or salivate when happy.
Groom your cat:
Another one of our favourite ways to improve the connection with our feline friends is through grooming. Gently stroke a fine-toothed metal comb through your cat’s hair making sure you are careful of any knots that may cause distress. It’s important to always make grooming a pleasant and positive experience for your cat, so stroking and patting while grooming is a must. If you have adopted an elderly cat, be wary of sore spots they may have which can be aggravated while grooming.
Arrange a sleeping space:
Cats love small, warm, cozy places to sleep, so it’s vital to make a comfortable area for them to nap throughout the day and night. Allocate a quiet space for your new cat which contains a cat bed, blankets, a few toys and a scratching post. They are sure to feel right at home!
It may seem like common sense, but feeding your animal is a great way to establish trust and to bond with your feline companion. From the beginning, implement a strict feeding routine and feed your cat fresh food twice a day. This will go a long way in developing a connection between you and your animal.
A few other tips to remember when bonding with a new cat include:
- Make yourself as small as possible, the best way to do this is by getting on all fours and onto their level
- Never drag your cat out from their hiding place, or pick them up suddenly. Always let them approach you first
- Be cautious not to look directly into your cat’s eyes as some cats may perceive this to be threatening
- Call to them softly and let them smell your hand before cuddling them
- Play with them. Cats love to chase after things, so purchase a few toys and set aside time to enjoy games together