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10 Ways to Bond with Your New Rescue Cat

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6. Talk To Her – Cats love to talk, so don’t be afraid to get vocal. Keep your voice soft and talk with her whenever you get the chance. Even if she doesn’t seem phased by your chatter, she’s definitely listening. Reinforcing her name whenever you pet her, feed her and play with her is the best way to connect and familiarize her with your voice and call.

7. Brush Her – Just like humans, cats love being pampered. Try to spend a little time each day gently brushing her with a soft brush while you praise her. Not all cats will welcome the brush, so be cautious and stop if she is looking annoyed.

8. Play With Her – Nurturing her inner kitten with play time will provide hours of fun and strengthen your parent-child bond. From a piece of string to a toilet paper roll, cats find pleasure in the simplest things.

9. Special Treats – Discovering what treats your new kitty has a soft spot for is a great way to help you bond. Be adventurous as you never know what might take her fancy. When she feels brave enough to eat in your presence, be sure to praise her as this is a massive achievement.

10. Let Her Sleep With You – Cats LOVE sleeping on beds. Some people will disagree with me, but I believe that we should let our feline friends snuggle up with us come night time if they so please. Nothing will seal the deal faster than the closeness of your warmth and comfort of your bed!

The fastest way to form a strong and everlasting bond with your new kitty is to spend as much time as possible with her, even if that just means being present.

Never force your new rescue cat to do anything she doesn’t want to. Have patience and try to understand that this is an overwhelming change for her. Before you know it, you’ll be best friends forever.

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9:57AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Great article. I have just shared it with two local rescue groups on Facebook.

2:49AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:56AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

All wonderful tips. Anyone who does not allow their cat(s) to sleep with them, just doesn't know what they are missing. The cuddling, purring and unconditional love they give is not to be missed. Thanks for the great article.

6:34AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

I've had many rescues and have used all these tips. They really work and I recommend them to anyone adopting a cat. If you have cats already a slow introduction should be done, depending on the cat. My last rescue hid behind the couch and slowly came out. She is now my cuddle bug. The one before her hid for months, and I had her in my room and had to use tough love to get her to come out and realize the other cats were OK with her. They are all different which makes them all so wonderful!

12:44PM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Great article, thank you Ms. Geer! These are all excellent pieces of advice! Adopting a cat instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store saves more lives than just the one adopted, and these are wonderful ways to get off on the right foot.

6:39PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

This is a good list of tips! Just relax and don't be pushy. Kitties are individuals and want to make connections on their own terms.

3:00PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

It is so worth! Sharing

8:29PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

thnx for this

6:57PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

All very good tips for someone who has never adopted a kitty before. They are naturally fearful in a new place with a stranger and need gentle reassurance that they are in a safe place and that you are going to be kind to them. Some catch on quickly and others need a little time. Personally I like to have my pets sleep with me. We all wake up in a "kitten pile", cat, dog, me. It's very nice. We all snuggle up on the couch together too. We are each others companions afterall.

3:58PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Sitting quietly on the floor in the vacinity of your new cat and reading out loud is a great way to do several of these things at once.

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