Cats are amazing pets, but sometimes they make us work a little harder for their love than their barking counterparts. Once you earn a cat's love, though, it's totally worth the effort because cats bond with their owners for life and have their own amazing ways of showing that they love you. But, if you're struggling to get to that lovey-dovey point in your relationship with your cat, try these tricks.
1. Feed him well.
Spring for the good stuff and make sure fresh food is always available. Also, make sure that he knows you're the one putting out that yummy food every morning. Ensuring that he actually sees you taking care of his well-being will do a lot to strengthen your bond.
2. Bring on the treats!
Of course, throwing a few treats into the mix never hurts when you're trying to get an animal to warm up to you.
3. One word: CATNIP.
Cats really do love it and he'll associate that fantastic feeling with you giving him the good stuff.
4. Okay, two words: CAT WINE.
It's a real thing and a way to bond with your cat in literally the exact same way you bond with your human friends.
5. Cat asking for cuddles? The correct answer is always: YES.
Unlike dogs, many cats aren't ready for cuddles 100% of the time. When the mood strikes, your cat will let you know though. It's just your job to be ready when he does.
6. Learn his signals for when cuddle time is over.
Just as important as being ready for cuddles whenever your cat is is knowing when cuddle time is over — and respecting that.
7. Learn what toys he likes and get playing.
Toy mice, string games, even a laser light — these can all provide hours of amusement for a cat and playing together is one of the best ways to bond.
8. Keep a clean house.
Cats keep themselves very clean, obviously, and they'd like you to return the favor and keep their living space clean as well. A clean home really is a happy home as far as cats are concerned.
9. Kitty. Massages.
Cats love to rubbed — on their back, necks, heads, bellies...just about anywhere. This is a great way to show your cat some physical affection without totally annoying them right off the bat.
10. Give him space.
Let him know that you love him, but that you don't need to be in his space allll the time. Your cat will love you more for it.