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Why Doesn't My Cat Like Me?

Is having a cat not what you thought it would be? Does your cat avoid spending time with you? While it may feel like your cat doesn’t like you, the truth is that fickle felines may just need some extra accommodations before they can become a loving, affectionate companion.

How Long Does It Take To Bond With A New Cat?
If you’ve recently adopted your cat, they may need more time to adjust. Young kittens between 8 weeks and 6 months old may only need a few days to feel comfortable around their new family, while a newly adopted adult cat may take up to three months to show their true personality.

It’s important to be patient and let your cat adjust at their own pace. When anxious, cats have a tendency to hide. Giving your cat opportunities to observe you from the safety of a comfy hiding spot, like a cat tree, box, or bookshelf may be all they need to gather the courage to spend more time with you.

One powerful way to help your cat feel safe in your home environment is to set up a Feliway diffuser. Feliway is a synthetic feline hormone that induces feelings of calmness and security.

How To Bond With Your Cat
The quickest way to your cat’s heart is through food and tasty treats. When offering your cat something delicious, it should be a no-strings deal. There is no need to lure them into your lap if they’re not ready for close contact. Giving them treats is a great way to help them enjoy simply being around you.

Calming treats like Vetriscience Composure Chews can help your cat feel more relaxed while they adjust to living with you. Once they feel calmer, they may be more open to getting to know you.

If you’re normally a dog person, you may need to adjust to your cat’s very different bonding style. While you may be able to approach a dog at just about any time to play or cuddle, spending time with your cat is generally on your terms. If they’re not interested in playing, cuddling, or being pet, simply try again later.

Changes In Your Cat’s Behavior
If your cat once seemed to like you, but their behavior has changed, they may be feeling stressed. Changes in your cat’s environment, such as a new pet, a new baby, or moving to a new home can all affect your cat’s personality.

If nothing has changed in your cat’s environment, a vet check-up can rule out any underlying causes such as an infection or injury. Cats tend to seek solitude when they’re not feeling well.