How to Love Cats

Ten Tips on How to Show Cats Love

Kitten adoption doesn't include instructions on how to love cats. But how do you show your cats you love them? What sort of mother love does your fur-kid want? To our cats, we are surrogate parents so every day is Mother's Day. As responsible cat-parents, look for the best way to show your kitty kids how much you love them.

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    Love Cats With Special Attention

    Senior Hispanic woman petting cat on sofa
    Blend Images - Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

     Love Cats with Attention. And that can involve any one or combination of the below—plus so many other ingredients specific to your special cat companions. It may simply be lap cuddling each evening, or sharing a pillow on the bed at night. Sitting quietly with a cat’s adoring gaze from across the room says volumes. What a gift!

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    Cats Love Massage

    Photo of Patrick Corr Petting His Stevie
    Patrick Corr petting his Stevie. Patrick Corr

     Love Cats with Petting. Simply stroking your cat, from nose to tail, gives an all-over feel-good massage that lowers Kitty's blood pressure--and yours! Pay special attention to the places he likes best, such as the base of the tail and under the cheeks. Touching, petting, and massaging your cat also serves as a well-cat check to find any fur mats, lumps or bumps or sores that need medical attention.

    Patrick Corr pictured here, gives his blind cat Stevie loving attention in their Irish home. 

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    Clicker Trained Kitten Doing Sit Up
    Clicker-trained kitten doing sit up. Amy Shojai, CABC from "Complete Kitten Care"

     Love Cats with Clicker Training. Cats rarely work for a living these days. Many of them are BORED out of their skull! So we end up with stir-crazy cats that swing from the drapes and play gravity experiments with fine breakables off the mantel, pick fights with the other kitties, claw and baptize furniture with pee-mail, and more. What a waste of feline brains! Think of training as recreation, fun, a challenge, an opportunity to celebrate your pets’ natural skills and reward them (and you!) by...MORE unlocking their full potential.

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    Even Kittens Talk With Meows
    Amy Shojai, CABC from "Complete Kitten Care"

     Love Your Cat With Good Communication. Learn to understand what your cat's telling you, with his meows, his tail, his ears and more. How do you feel when someone ignores your attempts to tell them something? Your kitty knows you love him and returns the purrs when you respond to his language in an appropriate way.

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    Cat Grooming

    Bubba Loved His Daily Brushing
    Bubba loved his daily brushing. Franny Syufy

    Love Cats with Grooming. Cats spend 50 percent of their awake-time self-grooming. A few over-do the grooming, but most need help to stay spiffy. Not only does the comb/brush feel good like an all-over massage, it keeps fur mat-free, skin clean, reduces furballs, and serves as a bonding session between you and the fur-kids.

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    Photo of Putter and Friend, Jake
    A rival can soon be a friend. Charlie Smith

     Love Cats with Proper Introductions. Kitties are creatures of habit and a new pet entering the home can make your cat question your love! His actions seem to say, "Wasn't I enough for you? Why do you need another pet?" With proper introductions, your kitty may actually agree that the new kitten/dog/cat/rabbit was a loving gift after all.

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    Cat Treats

    Jenny Fishes Treats Out of Cat Amazing Puzzle
    Jenny fishes treats out of Cat Amazing Puzzle. Franny Syufy

     Love Cats with Cat Treats. Cats pay exquisite attention to the details of their lives, especially those that impact them personally. The Garfield kitties race to greet you at the rattle of kibble hitting the bowl or the whirr of the can opener. Treats are a wonderful way to “love” your pets because critters don’t have a choice, they ALL must eat. And while tastes vary, generally you can find something that the kitty loves. The IDEAL TREAT is tiny (a taste only, not a meal); smelly (double the...MORE pleasure with two sensory levels); unique (different than the usual fare); and rare (makes it special).

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    Pawbreakers: Catnip
    Pawbreakers: catnip "candy" for cats. Brett Buchanan, Edible Animal Treats

     Love Cats with Catnip. This harmless herb gives a pick-me-up and enjoyable "high" to many cats. Combine catnip with a special toy and you've really ramped up the fun for your kitty. Cats will love you back when you shower them with catnip.

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    Even older cats love wand toy play. Franny Syufy

     Love Cats with Play. Every pet has favorite games. Seren likes to chase feather wands or the fishing pole lure. She bunny-kicks toy mice into submission. Interactive games increase the bond you share, build confidence in shy pets, and take the fizz out of some overactive pet pests. Some cats enjoy puzzle toys that you hide treats inside because it lets them use their brain, their teeth, and their nose. Kitty gyms with climbing, clawing, and hiding opportunities delight active cats. Empty paper...MORE bags or a wad of paper tossed in the empty bathtub provide cheap thrills for many felines.

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    Photo of Cats Molly and Kit in cat Trees
    Molly and Kit in cat trees. Pat Hollenack

     Love Cats by Relieving Stress. So many kitties get their tails in a twist over changes to their world. Enriching the environment with cat trees, adding a bird feeder outside a window perch, or simply playing soothing music helps enormously.