Communication: the baseline of all human interaction. We speak, we touch, we flirt, we cry- all of it through words or symbols; noises and body language. Animals communicate as well- even if their communication does not match ours.
Cats are famous for their body language and powerful "meows". When I got my cats, Mimi and Tula, I had to adapt and learn how to communicate with them. If you are a new cat owner or struggling with building a relationship with your cat- check out some of these communication pointers:
1. Eye contact: cats communicate so much with their eyes- it all comes down to intention. Animals pick up intention rather than words. Holding eye contact and smiling at your cat along with transmitting calm and loving energy to them can allow you all to bond.
2. Be real: You cannot pretend to like a cat and fool them- if you have a difficult little fur ball and you are frustrated with their behavior you need to calm yourself and rethink about the situation in order to change your perception on the cat. Cats can read people very easily and they will be able to pick up on the negative energy very quickly- making the situation worse.
3. Be Respectful: if you were in a situation where you were living in a new home with a stranger or living with someone you did not trust you would not want them to be all up on you just because you're cute! Give your cat time to adjust and become comfortable around you. This will also help open the communication line between the both of you. The more you trust each other- the easier it is to understand their wants and needs.
Practice all three of these things and you will be an expert kitty communicator in no time!