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Modern Cat - - Behaviour -

33–40

Your cat is very bonded to you and not afraid to show it! You’ve done a ter­rific job of mak­ing your cat feel re­laxed, loved, and con­fi­dent

and your cat clearly loooooves spend­ing time with you. Your cat trusts you, en­joys your com­pany, and knows that good things hap­pen when you’re around. Con­grats on un­der­stand­ing your cat and giv­ing her what she needs to feel at home and happy. This out­go­ing cat is likely nat­u­rally af­fec­tion­ate by na­ture, which, in a safe, lov­ing, cat-friendly en­vi­ron­ment like the one you’ve cre­ated, re­sults in a happy, lovey cat likely to en­gage in so­cial be­hav­iours that cre­ate so­cial bond­ing.

25–32

Your cat is bonded to a high de­gree, but is not the su­per touchy-feely cat. Your cat still feels so­cially close to you, but is more the strong, silent type. Even though slightly less af­fec­tion­ate by na­ture (this cat will likely never be draped across your shoul­der), your cat is still just as bonded to you as any cat can be. That said, this bond can usu­ally be im­proved upon with ac­tiv­i­ties to get your cat used to more phys­i­cal af­fec­tion and in­ter­ac­tions with you.

17–24

Some­what bonded, but not as bonded as they could be.

Your bond needs some work but there is def­i­nitely a con­nec­tion. This cat may dish out friendly be­hav­iour but on his own terms when he feels like it. Spend more fo­cused time with your cat (i.e. play­ing and en­gag­ing your cat, not just watch­ing Net­flix to­gether). Work on spend­ing qual­ity time with your cat and do­ing things he loves and you will see your bond strengthen!

10–16

Not bonded yet. Your cat can take you or leave you, as long as you feed him. You are not con­sid­ered a pre­ferred as­so­ciate or your cat may even be wary of you. There is still hope. Some cats just need more time with their owner and more bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that build trust, like play­time, groom­ing, pet­ting, and pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tions. Never dis­ci­pline a cat as this can break the bond and hin­der a bond from form­ing. Some cats are by na­ture more timid and fear­ful or are in en­vi­ron­ments that are too chaotic. This can get in the way of bond­ing and you may need to ad­just ex­pec­ta­tions for these cats.

Un­der 9

This cat is scared and feels un­safe. You need to start from the be­gin­ning, giv­ing your cat a small, safe space to call her own, as you would when in­tro­duc­ing

a new cat to your house­hold. Spend some time just qui­etly sit­ting in prox­im­ity to your cat and let her get com­fort­able with you in her own time. Don’t force her to come to you. Give her time to get ac­quainted. Pheromones ther­apy can also help (see page 22). (If you have a multi-cat home, ter­ri­tory is­sues could be at play; make sure there are enough re­sources, like lit­ter boxes and tow­ers to pro­mote time­shar­ing.) You may need to con­sult a fe­line be­haviourist to help you en­cour­age your scared cat feel at home with you. If your cat doesn't score #1 keep in mind that some cats are sim­ply less out­go­ing and af­fec­tion­ate by na­ture. You can also al­ways, al­ways work on your bond. For a more af­fec­tion­ate and con­fi­dent cat, im­ple­ment­ing the fol­low­ing bond­ing tips can lead to a cat that is more re­laxed, happy, en­gaged, and con­fi­dent, and there­fore more likely to bond with you.

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