Help Your Cat Become Comfortable With Touch
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If you have a new kitten or if you have an adult cat who has not yet required any medication, you will, at some point, be faced with having to administer a pill, a liquid, ear medication or a transdermal prescription. When that day comes, you’ll be so much happier if your cat willingly accepts the process.
So, now is the time to start thinking ahead and preparing your cat for the process of being touched. For some cats, they may enjoy being petted but if your hands venture toward their mouth, their ears or their tail… well, let’s just say they won’t be happy campers. Help your kitty learn to associate being touched in typically off-limit areas by petting near that area one or two times and then offering a treat.
For example, if your cat doesn’t like his ears touched, pet him on the back of the head of on the chest (wherever he prefers) and then offer a treat. Work up to doing one stroke near an ear and then treat again. Stroke near the other ear. Gradually and gently work up to touching the ear briefly and then rewarding the cat. Increase the length the time you touch the ear. Let your cat see that being touched in those areas results in something very positive. It’s also crucial that the petting session in those areas be over while it’s still a positive experience. If you touch the ear or another body part too long, you’ll undo the good work you started.
They key is to work your way gradually toward those more sensitive areas and always reward the kitty for even the smallest steps of progress.
Are there some areas where your kitty doesn’t like to be touched? Have you helped him become more comfortable with touch?