Cats are incredibly flexible creatures capable of adapting to almost any living environment. This is because unlike "pets," they are more concerned about the integrity and sanctity of their inner world, that place to which they retreat regardless of the external chaos they perceive around them. When your cat allows you to enter that place of her inner peace is when you’ll know that that you've truly arrived.
As companions, there are environmental adjustments we can make to encourage such trust. Cats thrive best when the outside circumstances match their inner being. By nature, they are quiet, tranquil, and exert a minimum of movement. Thus, they thrive best in homes which are also quiet, tranquil, and where sudden movements are reduced or eliminated.
Cats are creatures of routine, and thus relationships are enhanced when humans are accountable to schedules for meals, play-time, and cleaning litter boxes. As in any relationship building, it's important to make time each day for personal interaction. With cats, this is most often expressed through physical closeness, e.g. reading a book, watching television, with one or more cats curled up in your lap; and ultimately, falling asleep with a cat across your throat or in your arms.
In the first hour of this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will briefly discuss the logistical concerns of bringing a cat into the home. However, the major focus will be on the small adjustments to lifestyle we humans can make to enhance the outcome of long-term relationships.
During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.
PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.