As the big day nears, there comes a time to make sure your furry family approves of your fiancé! While dogs most likely meet people on daily walks, kitties may be used to your undivided attention at home . . . which can cause quite the disruption when a newcomer steals some of her spotlight. How do you teach your cat to love the one you love? I've gathered some tips and tricks to help her adjust.
- Food wins her heart. Have your partner take over some mealtime duties. Let him prepare and present her food and stay nearby while she eats it, gradually getting closer as she begins to get used to his presence.
- Don't forget playtime. Let him play with interactive games like a feather-laden fishing pole or other toys for active, instinctive cats. If she can't resist frolicking around, chances are she'll come around to him too.
- Hey, he smells funny. Get her used to his scent by leaving a shirt of his in her fave cuddle spot and consider putting on one of his unwashed shirts when you play with her yourself – this helps kitty associate him with you, a.k.a. her BFF.
- Follow up with sweet words. Make sure your partner addresses the cat by kneeling or sitting nearby . . . but doesn't stare directly at her. Have him use a soft, high voice and avoid "sss" sounds – you don't want her to think he's hissing at her!
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