I’m the first to admit that I’m a dog person. I’ve had dogs my whole life and can’t imagine not having one as part of my family. I’ve also owned one cat, Nike. She was unfriendly on good days, and downright mean on bad days. I had her for twelve years, during which time she sent two people to the emergency room (and consequently racked up violent animal records in two states), peed on every piece of furniture I owned and destroyed rugs, clothes and assorted other personal items. Nike was anti-social and behaviorally challenged and for some reason that I’ll never fully understand, I loved her. But I also doubted I’d ever get another cat.
I long suspected that Nike’s issues were at least partially my fault, though I never really knew what I could have done differently. Recently when browsing Catster.com, I stumbled across an article about socializing cats. It talks about the need to build trust between you and your cat, and describes different techniques for raising an affectionate, well-behaved cat. Cats always seem so independent and strong. But don’t let that fool you. They need to be nurtured and socialized just like any domestic pet. I wish I had found information like this back when I had Nike. I could have been a better pet parent, and we both could have been happier.
You can read the article at the link below:
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