The right way to hold and pet a cat to make it feel safe!
Posted on 2020-07-17 200 Views
Kittens have just arrived in a new home and are filled with anxiety. At this time, we can make the kitten lower its guard through physical contact.
When touching the kitten, talk to it in a gentle tone . Different cats like to be stroked in different ways, so you should observe the areas that they like to be stroked while you are touching them.
First of all, learn how to hold the cat properly and how to pet it properly. If the owner can make the cat feel comfortable by holding and stroking it, the relationship of trust between the cat and the owner will be strengthened, and the cat will also be more comfortable. The cat will enjoy contact with humans day by day.
Hug session: how to make your cat feel at ease
If you hold up the cat's two front legs with both hands, the whole body will be spread out, which will make the cat feel very uneasy. And the cat is likely to get angry，especially for adult cats that have not yet adapted to the environment, this kind of holding may make the cat furious.
FIRST: The owner sits on a chair, puts the kitten on his lap, holds the kitten's chest with one hand and supports the whole body with the other hand between the back of the head and the back of the kitten.
SECOND: When picking up the cat, put one hand under the cat's armpit and use the other hand to support the cat's butt, so that the cat's body can be curled up to make it feel at ease.
Stroking lessons: Let's learn how to make your cat feel comfortable!
FIRST: The basic stroking method is to gently stroke the cat's chin and the top of its head with your fingertips. When praising the cat, we should say, "What a good boy" while stroking it.
SECOND: When picking up and stroking the cat, it is best to put it on your lap so that it feels at ease. When stroking, follow the direction of the cat's fur and gently stroke it. This will make the kitten feel relaxed as if it is being stroked by its mother. If you can curl up the cat's body, it will feel more at ease.
When picking up an adult cat, pay attention to these things
1.If the cat is not used to being held, don't force it. If the cat is relaxed and obeys your holding, it means that you are trustworthy. Therefore, wait for the cat to approach you, either by stroking it or by playing with it with toys. Put it on your lap for a hug only when it is used to it. Of course, some cats do not like to be hugged, so do not force them to do so.
2.Do not touch places that cats do not like to be hugged. Cats do not like to be touched on the sides of the mouth, hands and feet, or on the tail, so try not to touch these places. Do not scratch the back of the neck or lift the feet of an adult cat like a female cat.
3.If you find a cat wagging its tail violently or moaning in pain when you hold it, then it is bored and you should put it down immediately.
Get your cat used to being touched through "touch training
The purpose of touch exchange training is that the cat will readily accept being stroked on any part of its body. This training should be repeated several times during the socialization period from 3 weeks to 3 months of the cat's life. The cat must be thoroughly accustomed to this training so that it can be taken care of in its daily life or treated in the hospital. In addition, if this training can be attended to at an early age and the kittens are allowed sufficient physical contact with their owners, then Grown cats will be more trusting of their owners and more accustomed to being around people other than their owners.
Procedure of Touch Training
Let's give an example of the sequence of touch-swap training operations, which can also be adjusted if the cat doesn't like the sequence.