Grooming cuddly kitties is a dream every cat owner nurtures. However, given the varying personalities of cats (ranging from independent to aloof to downright hostile), this dream may not invariably come true. It is without fail worth an attempt. The trick is to start along the path of grooming with a lot of patience & the right methods.
The cats’ most right for lap training includes:
* Those born of friendly and loving parents
* Kittens below the age of 12 weeks
* Cats and kittens are raised with affection and reward rather than verbal or physical punishment.
The cats most wrong for lap training include:
* Cats who have not been around humans for the first 7-12 weeks of their lives
* Cats who have a hereditary temperament to be aloof and hostile
* Reclusive cats who value their independence
It is not practically possible to change these cats into lovers of cuddling, petting, or lap sitting. The maximum progress one can make with such cats is to help them change. Help them have a vacation out of their shell and be friendly towards human beings.
Generally, an effective way to train cats to be open to cuddling and petting is to reduce the physical distance between you and them. Not that you bodily pick them up. Plunk them onto your lap. And also refuse to let them get away! This could work in the opposite direction too and the cat will forever live in trepidation about you. If you let the cat come to you and move away from you as and when it pleases, it helps a great deal because cats are masters of their own desires.
A useful tip for getting cats to willfully come closer to you is to lure them with food. This makes grooming cuddly kitties easier. Attempt this experiment when you are alone with a cat in a spacious room. Position yourself in one place in the room and stay put there. Next, keep with you a bowl of the cat’s favorite food treats (it may help if your cat is hungry or if you do this just before mealtime). Toss a treat from the bowl in one direction of the room and make your cat look for it and chew it up. Continue the process, but by tossing the food a little closer to you every time.
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