Don’t have quite the cuddliest cat in the world? Were hoping to have a nice snuggle with your feline friend here or there but are finding it’s just not happening? Wish your pet liked to be petted more?
While it’s not always possible, it’s likely that you can turn your cat into at least a little more snuggly version of him or herself. Just use some of the ideas below, which are all easy to do, and your cat will hopefully begin to be more happy with petting and cuddles in no time.
Your ultimate goal is to help your cat associate “happy” and “good” with being pet. This takes time, especially if you have a particularly grumpy/non-affectionate, or even standoffish cat, but in my opinion, it’s completely possible to train every cat to be at least a little more snuggly and happy about being pet.
Picture from Post Spending Time with Sammy
Not every cat is the same, and thus, some of the following tips may work for your cat, others may not. Continue to use the ones your cat seems to like, and don’t use ones he or she appears to dislike in any way.
Also, a word of advice: When you first start off the process of trying to make your cat happy to be more snuggly, don’t pick your cat up when you’re petting him/her. Cats barely like to be picked up as is. If you associate petting with being picked up – it’s not going to help you in your quest to associate “happy” and “good” with petting.
Without further ado, the specific ways you can train your cat to be more snuggly:
Ways to Train Your Cat to Be More Snuggly
- Pet your cat while he/she is sitting down calmly at the window.
- If your cat really likes to be brushed, pet your cat very gently while you are brushing him/her.
- Right before you put down food for your cat, pet your cat a little bit, then put down the food.
- Pet your cat (not on the head or face, but on his/her back/sides) while he/she is eating.
- Give your cat a snack while simultaneously petting him/her.
- Pet your cat gently while he/she is comfortably asleep.
- Place your cat in your lap, then immediately give a treat to reward him/her for being there.
- If your cat stays in your lap, confused and hoping for another treat, give your cat another treat to reward him/her for staying there.
- Give your cat unexpected treats (treats can just be dry kibble) throughout the day. This will help your cat to associate seeing you with happy thoughts of potentially getting food.
- Especially if your cat hates being picked up, give your kitty a treat each time you pick him/her up. This may mean carrying cat treats in your pocket, or grabbing some before you go to pick him/her up, but either way, it will mean kitty will begin to associate being picked up with “this may mean food!”
- Make sure you play with your cat regularly (at least once a day). Sometimes cats are aggressive simply because they haven’t had enough play time.
Well, there you have it. Seem pretty straight forward, don’t you think?
But I Don’t Want My Cat to Be Overweight!
Yes, a lot of the tips and tricks in this article are kibble related, but because I use this simple trick to prevent overfeeding, I’ve never had issues with my own cat, Avery, gaining extra weight before and I know if I stick to using this trick, I never will.
Don’t feel like checking out the article I linked to? Just want the shtick? Basically, measure out your cat’s food portions (including all meals and treats) from the start of the day, have all this food in one or two containers, and only feed your cat from this portion for the entirety of the day. If you never pull out any extra, your cat is eating the right amount each and every single day no matter how many times you pull out the feeding jar.
Note that you can get away with feeding a cat snacks that aren’t cat food, and maintain tip top health, if all snacks combined (including dental treats) don’t equal over 10% of your cat’s calories consumed per day. Want to make sure you never even remotely near hit this in one fell swoop without limiting yourself to never giving out treats? Buy a kibble different from your cat’s standard meal and use that as a “snack” food. I like to use a kibble that’s by the same brand I am currently using for main meals, but with a different protein source (like salmon if my main food is chicken), since it’s advisable to give cats food from multiple protein sources to keep them in the best shape long term.
More Ways to Train a Cat to Be Snuggly?
I’m betting after having seen my ideas for ways to train your cat to be more snuggly, you’ve thought up some of your own! Share them with me in the comments so we can help other cat owners who are trying to help their cat to be a little happier about being pet! You’d likely be helping a lot of cat owners with your advice!