Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Cats have a reputation for being standoffish. While some cats are inclined to be less affectionate than others, the majority desire interaction with their owners. If you can pinpoint the reasons behind an aloof cat’s behavior, you can then take steps toward improving his or her demeanor.
Moving into a new home can be scary for cats. Everything is unfamiliar to them; hiding is often their way of coping. For a more peaceful move, make a point to unpack your cat’s items (pet bed, toys, food dish, etc.) immediately and arrange them in a familiar fashion. For example, if your cat slept in your bedroom at the old house, position his or her bed in your room in the new house as well. And don’t forget to take time out from unpacking to play and snuggle with Kitty!
Not Enough Time with You
Whether you’ve been working longer hours than usual or you just returned home from vacation, your cat may teach you a lesson by giving you the cold shoulder. Don’t fret! Kitty will come around as long as you spend a little extra time making amends through play and petting.
Imagine being the boss of the house and finding yourself suddenly replaced by a tiny creature in diapers! Given this perspective – your cat’s – it’s no wonder he or she has been reluctant to interact with you since the new baby arrived. Again, take time out for your cat daily so he or she still feels important to you. Keep your cat away from the baby initially to give everyone some space.
Similar to a new baby, bringing a new pet into the house seems outrageous to your cat! Introduce your cat gradually to the new friend, and make it clear by your actions that your veteran cat is still a star. Ask your veterinarian for additional tips for bringing a new pet into the home.
If your cat is usually outgoing but begins to act reserved and detached with no clear explanation, he or she could be under the weather. Look for other clues, such as changes in eating patterns or lethargy. If you suspect he or she’s not feeling well, consult your veterinarian.
Finally, remember that some cats simply need less affection than others. But even a less sociable cat wants to be adored. Don’t we all?