How to Socialize Your Adopted Cat for a Happy Home!
26 October, 2016
When you bring a new cat into your home, the kitty might be overly shy or even aggressive (another sign of fear). It is important to then socialize your cat early in his or her life, so your cat will be more well-behaved and trusting. It’s also important to socialize your cat if you have other pets or young children so neither gets hurt during play time.
Cat socialization doesn’t take a long time every day but does require some patience. As mentioned above, the younger you socialize your cat, the easier it is to accomplish. There are many older cats who adjust to anything or any new environment with a little practice.
The bonding process starts with the simple petting or stroking your kitty
It’s important to start bonding with your cat by petting or stroking your kitty. Find out what are the safe zones for your kitty and/or areas your cat likes to be touched. Your kitty will let you know if she likes her belly rubbed or hates it. Try petting your cat first on the outside – stroke his or her fur, the side of your kitty’s face and your cat will most likely love it. If your cat becomes agitate or riled up, it’s time to end the session and leave your kitty alone.
Keep repeating what your cat likes and give your kitty praise
Each time, make your petting sessions a little longer by stroking and handling of the feet and toes, including extending the nails. Stroke her ears and rub her face. These exercises will help her win a loving praise and a treat later as she becomes used to socializing (and cutting her nails)! Remember that if your cat misbehaves, never yell or scream at your cat as if will only exacerbate her anti-social behavior. Always approach and handle your cat calmly, and speak in a low soothing voice.
Play with your cat with his or her favorite toy
Learn what your cat’s favorite type of toy is by process of elimination and schedule playtimes several times daily. When you play with toys, your cat can use his predatory attacks on the toy and/or object of play and not you or anyone else. As with every interaction with your kitty, if your cat becomes too hyper or lashes out, end the session, walk away and your cat will know that he or she has misbehaved. Time out!
Introduce your cat to new people
Once you are comfortable with how your cat behaves, try introducing your kitty to new people and your friends. Make sure your friends know to keep their voices low and calm, at least until the cat is comfortable with them. Make sure that your cat comes to them and don’t force interaction. It may take a couple of visits before your cat is comfortable with people she doesn’t know. When your cat does come to them on his or her own, praise and a treat are in order!
Socializing your cat can take time
Socialization takes longer with some cats than others. Some cats will always be scared at some strangers and/or noise or might lash out with nips and scratches from time to time. That is just their inherent being. However, with time, practice, treats and continual loving behavior, you can turn the most unsocial cat into a sweet- loving kitty.