Most of us go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our cats are well cared for. Many of us even put our cat’s needs before our own. We love them beyond comprehension and we know they love us too. But what if there were simple things you could do to make your bond with your cat even stronger? There are! Here are five.
#1 – Talking Did you know that adult cats primarily meow after kittenhood as a means to communicate with humans? It’s true. Most kittens will stop meowing once they don’t need to communicate their needs to their mothers anymore. If your cat meows, she’s trying to send a message directed specifically to you. Try meowing back. You may end up having a conversation with her that’s based more on tone and body language than words.
#2 – Petting, scratching, and cuddling
Petting and scratching are great ways to strengthen your bond with your cat. You’ll be able to tell by her relaxed body that she trusts and loves you. Cuddling is a level up from cuddling and scratching. It happens when your cat is so content that she jumps up to your lap or chest. You may even get her to purr!
#3 – Playing Your cat needs playtime in order to stay healthy and active, but it’s also a fantastic way to bond with her. Taking some time each day to play with her using a wand toy or laser pointer will help her associate you with good times.
#4 – Grooming
As kittens, cats get groomed by their mamas. Even as adults, cats understand that being groomed by another animal or a human is a very intimate and loving act. Take some time to stroke your cat with nice brush.
#5 – Respecting boundaries
Your cat will trust you more and feel closer to you if she knows you’ll respect her boundaries. That means backing off if her body language says “don’t touch me” and not continuing to hold her if she’s wiggling to get down.