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The cats are from lonely nature and if they are not used to contact with humans they can be very suspicious. You may find yourself in the situation of having to tame a cat if you have recently taken in a cat that comes from a shelter or if you have found a kitten or a wild adult cat that you want to tame.
It can be a long task and requires a lot of patience. Also, if it is a cat that is not used to humans at all, you have to be very cautious because it could be dangerous.
In this AnimalWised article we will explain how to tame a wild cat step by step with useful and simple tricks:You may also be interested in: Teaching a cat to use the litter box step by step Steps to follow: 1
Before starting it will be essential understand the psychology of a surly cat:
Cats can be fearful for various reasons, whether they are wild or not, and the taming process may take more or less time depending on the cat's previous experience with humans and its particular character..
- The tamed cats who have lost their home and are now stray cats could be easier to tame than completely feral cats, but you have to follow the same steps.
- A completely wild cat it has never had contact with humans and it is important not to give this cat reasons to be afraid: if it has a positive experience with you it could become completely domesticated, but if you scare it or try to capture it you could traumatize it.
- The most difficult to tame are those who have had a negative previous experience with humans, wild or not. These experiences can be something terrible like abuse or they can be something more innocent: for example, if some children who were playing have run after the cat chasing it. If a cat was traumatized, it could never be held in the arms or even caressed, but you can keep it as a pet because its behavior could improve over the years.
- The puppies and young cats They are the easiest to tame, except in some special cases: for example, if a puppy has lost its mother, it is better to wait until it is about 6 months old to adopt it. Very young kittens require special care and more elaborate socialization.
Once we understand that the process of taming a cat can be more or less complicated we owe orbserve the character of the cat:
The first days you can simply observe the cat and its body language: ears back, dilated pupils, twists and turns of the tail, curved back, bristling hair are signs of anger: the cat feels threatened and will defend itself.
If it is a wild cat it is important do not take risks for your health: the signs of rabies can be very varied, but if you see a cat that seems aggressive, disoriented and with seizures or paralysis you should call 112 and avoid approaching the cat for your own health.3
The third step will be let the cat get used to us:
We are going to allow him to get used to our presence: we come a little closer and we will sit down and speak to him with a calm voice so that he gets used to our voice, and at the same time we can throw some food. During this stage it is important not to try to touch or catch the cat. After about 3 days we can try to get a little closer, while we throw food at the cat, if his body language is of aggression or fear, we must give him more time and not approach.
The fundamental thing about this step is to earn the trust of the animal, at its own pace..
If the cat seems very fearful and distrustful we can use a pheromone spray that we can spray in the house so that it feels more comfortable or around us if it is a wild cat. But we should avoid using the spray in front of the cat because the noise of the spray could scare him..
When the cat allows us to get closer without showing signs of fear or aggression, we can get close enough while it is eating. And we caress the cat with a long spoon or spatula, this allows us to create a contact but at the same time maintain a distance so that the cat does not feel threatened. It may take a few tries or a few days for the cat accept these caresses. If the cat runs away, it is important not to run after him, we will try later.4
Now is the time to establish direct contact with the cat:
To pet a surly cat for the first time, it is preferable to wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, to minimize the risks of scratches and bites..
Once we have stroked the cat with a long spoon for a while, we can stroke it with our hand above the head, and on the shoulders, but we must avoid stroking the lower area of the head and belly of a cat that is not yet fully tamed.
When we believe that the cat trusts us enough and when the cat seems relaxed and calm, we try to catch it in a towel or blanket after having petted it several times. It may take more or less time to get to this stage, depending on the cat, and some very surly cats will never allow themselves to be caught. If the cat tries to escape when we already have it, we should let it go because it could harm us or it could traumatize it and it would cancel all the efforts we have already made with the cat.
Over time, your cat will get more and more used to you and will let you pet or hold him when he trusts you. It is important to understand that if it is a very surly and distrustful cat it can take a lot of time and a lot of patience.
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