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 and the coveted bond of feline-human relationship has been forged.
As companions, there are environmental adjustments we can make to encourage such complete 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. In this rescue/foster home, FM radios in each room are set to the same classical music station, at (human) barely audible levels.
Cats are creatures of routine. Relationships are enhanced when human companions are accountable to their commitment for maintaining expected schedules. That means set times each day for meals, play-time, and cleaning the litter boxes. Cats also require naps at regular times each day. As in any relationship building (e.g. spouse, children), it's important to make time each day for personal interaction; to acknowledge the individual as a meaningful part of your life. 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 (financial commitments, interspecies pet relationships, breakable objects, etc.). However, the focus will be on minor 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.