I’ve never been a cat person. In fact, I’m allergic to cats! But when I married Tim, I apparently also married three cats. Getting these fellas used to me was a task, but getting them to like me has been even more difficult — especially with Tres! As stubborn as cats are, I’m here to offer a few (silly) tips on how to make a cat love you.
1. Give them treats.
This one is tricky, because some cats will just show your their butt while they walk away from your extended hand full of supposedly yummy kitty treats. Certain cats (fat ones like Dos, especially), however, will dart (waddle) towards you from across the room the second you shake the bag.
2. Turn on the faucet.
Cats love running water. So if you don’t want them to die of dehydration, leave a dish out, but if you want them to love you, turn on the sink when they meow at you. You’ll end up wasting a total of 10-20 minutes each day waiting on them to finish, but they’ll love you for it. Also, it’s kind of adorable.
3. Scream when they bring you presents.
Speaking from experience, Tres loves when he brings me a live mouse/chipmunk/lizard and I scream. He must, because he keeps bringing me more.
4. Allow them to make biscuits on you.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 2 AM and you’re trying to sleep; if your cat is ready to knead painfully on your abdomen, you should let him. Cats totally hold grudges and will remember for days that you pushed them off of you.
5. Let the cat come to you.
Cats will run away if you chase them. They are not like dogs who will get excited when you yell “COME HERE!” Act uninterested, maybe make a few kissy noises, and the cat will come to you. I’ve also noticed that if I ignore Dos all day long he will get right up in my face and meow at me every second that I am not petting him.
6. Don’t force the cat to love you.
Grabbing a cat mid-bath time, dinner time, or exploration time will only frustrate your cat, and you’ll risk getting your arms scratched up.
7. Take care of the cat.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but your cat is paying attention to who fills up the food bowl and who provides a clean litter box.
8. Read your cat’s body language.
Tres tends to growl, so I am very aware of when he’s unhappy. But overall, just making him feel safe and knowing when he’s not happy with whatever situation is happening helps. Each cat also prefers to be petted differently, so paying attention to what makes them purr and what makes them back up is important.
I hope that helps any others who aren’t cat lovers out there.