Why yes, that is what I have spent my morning doing…researching how to help my cat Kennedy enjoy being cuddled and loved on, and how to build a stronger bond with her.
This is new territory for me.
My cat Caesar who passed away last February was all about the tight bond, he even slept right next to me each night all stretched out like a little person.
I still miss him very much.
However, there is hope for Kennedy.
She is semi-affectionate, that is when she wants to be.
She does at least sleep in the same room with me, although we can’t be touching or else she feels the need to leave.
Usually she sleeps somewhere above me, so she can be the queen on the scene.
She has more toys than any cat should, but we get our money’s worth because she does play with them to the point of them becoming all ratty.
Now one article suggested that I scoop her up in a blanket, head covered and all, so she can experience feeling warm and safe and associate good things with being held while I talk to her softly.
Hold on a sec. I am going to go try that.
Ok, one blanket has been shredded and I do believe I will have a scar over my right eye once this huge gash heals.
Just kidding. I haven’t tried that technique. Yet.
There is also the getting her to like me by feeding her small bits of raw 100% organic pasture raised beef. I found this technique on youtube and saw with my own two eyes the results.
However if I go that route, number one, she’ll be eating better than me and number two, I need to check with my vet on that one first. I don’t want to accidentally poison her just trying to get her to like me more. That seems counterproductive.
Now I am going to go out today and buy her a few treats and use those to entice her to come hang a little closer for a little longer. I see potential in this technique.
I’ll play with her more, and sit down in the floor more often and let her come to me for petting when and if she wants. I’ve been practicing this morning and it is working.
And who knows, maybe I’ll master the art of getting a cat, in specific Kennedy, to be more affectionate.
Like I said, she has potential….