Cats are interesting pets, to say the least. They can be cuddly with you one moment and bolt away from you the next. But with love, patience and a bit of positive reinforcement, you can help your pet relax when you want to spend some time together.
Let Your Cat Come to You First
Debbie Horwitz, a cat behavior specialist with Purina, suggests that some cats would prefer approaching you for attention and affection. Cats are often startled when you try to approach them first. If you sit quietly on the floor, your cat may come to you, allowing you to pick him up.
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According to Cat: The Complete Guide, a cat who lives in a noisy household may make a disappointing pet. He may become nervous around a lot of activity, like when visitors arrive. Your cat may run from the room, finding a bed to hide under, remaining hidden until he feels safe.
Cats are a solitary species, having no pack to back them up when threatened. Their best chance of survival is to run and hide, quietly staying out of harm’s way. This feline behavioral habit can be difficult to break.
With patience and coaxing, you may be able to help your cat relearn the noises and activities of the human species.
Training Your Cat to Stay Put
When you call your cat to you, offer him treats to eat. Give him praise for sticking around. He must learn that the rewards you offer are much greater than those that come from running and hiding.
Remember, though — he thinks that by running away he is saving himself from a deadly situation. You’ve got to offer something good enough to beat that impulse.
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Rewarding Your Cat Is Key
Your pet will gradually learn that it is more rewarding to stick around and engage with you, especially if you are consistent with treats and affection. Eventually, he may overcome his fears after realizing there is no real threat at home.
An additional tip: Don’t raise your voice when talking to your cat. Felines are intimidated by excessive sound. Their hearing is delicate, much like that of bats.
Sometimes cats even run away from their own kind, as seen in this video:
Patience is the key word in this quest to soothe your cat’s anxiety. It may take some time, but inevitably your cat will realize that he is safe in your presence and may even start approaching you more often for cuddles.
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