Cats are considered to be some of the most mysterious creatures in the animal kingdom. This is mostly thanks to their behaviors that still baffle both scientists and cat specialists. The best they’ve done is explaining some of these behaviors, like why cats perform head butts, or why they show their claw-trap bellies.
One of the main concerns that most people have is how to get cats to like them. Some treat it like rocket-science, but in all honesty, it’s really not that hard to make felines like you. If you’re still in doubt, we’ve got 10 science-backed tips here that will make any cat adore you!
Consider Your —and the Cat’s— Personality When Adopting
Adopting a cat is certainly a noble thing to do, however, it’s important that you consider the cat’s personality and yours. It’s best to find out what type of personality the cat has first, and then see if it matches up to yours. To do this, we advise spending some time with them on the shelter to get to know them better. If all goes well, you’ll be giving a cat their forever home and you’ll be gaining another important family member.
Learn How to Greet them in Cat Style
Ever seen two friendly cats meet each other for the first time? They tend to smell or bump on each other noses, right? In human language, that’s the equivalent of saying greeting someone on the streets. You can imitate this behavior by offering one of your fingertips. If they go in and take a sniff (perhaps even bump on it a bit), then that means you made a successful greeting!
Let the Felines Decide
It’s almost instinctive for us to pet cats when we see. We often can’t help ourselves and we end up jumping in to pet them, pick them up, or even hug them. However, this will most likely stress the cat out, especially if you’re not acquainted with them. The best approach would be to let them call the shots and allow them to make the first move. By then, you’d be able to know whether or not to pet, or to just simply let them be.
Don’t Feed them Too Much
Most people think that cats like it when they’re being overfed, but that’s not actually true. A study of obese felines by Cornell University showed that although cats disliked it when their owners withheld food from them, it does lead to better results. 58 of them were put on a diet and after a month, about three-quarters of the owners reported that their felines purred more often, are more affectionate, and even would sit on their laps more often.
Pet them Where they like it the Most
Cats are very sensitive to touch, which is one of the reasons why they like being petted a lot. In fact, a study back in 2002 showed that felines display positive responses (e.g. blinking, purring, kneading) when they’re being petted on the cheeks and the forehead. Some even love it when their owners are giving them chin rubs. If you want a cat to like you, trying this approach will definitely improve your chances.
As owners, there are a lot more things that we can do, so cats will never stop liking us. Of course, this is just part 1 and we’re more than happy to provide you with part 2 pretty soon. Stay tuned for part 2 and in the meantime, don’t forget to test out some of the tips we’ve talked about here!