7 Tips on how to look after an aggressive cat
In your cat sitting career, there’s a chance you’ll come across a kitty with some serious CATtitude. Here are seven tips to getting you off to a paw-sitive start.
- Arrange to do the first feeding when the owner is there. This way the owner can keep kitty calm before leaving him in your care. A ‘feeding intro’ like this works particularly well for house sitting jobs, where you will be living in Mr Whiskers home.
- If you’re just doing a ‘pop-in’ service, arrive a bit earlier than feeding time so that he’s not too hungry (and feisty) but still sleepy (and more mellow.)
- As you enter the home, ignore that cat! Yup, totally avoid eye contact. Stay calm, super cool and move slowly with no sudden movements. Show that cat no fear!
- Wait for kitty to approach you. Let him sniff you, but don’t bring out the cuddles straight away. He’ll give you a little head bump when he’s ready for that.
- If he never comes to say hello, no worries, some kitties just don’t want new friends anyway. A job well done, is reading the cat’s behaviour and making sure he’s eating and going to the toilet properly.
- If the owner allows, bring treats. This will distract him as you enter the home as well as to reassure him that you’re a friend.
- If you’re not doing overnight stays, some of our Cat in the Flat community have suggested leaving an item of your clothing in the owner’s home for the duration of your booking – that way the cat can get used to your smell.
Using a Feliway diffuser is a good way to keep kitty calm.
If a cat is aggressive or timid and takes time to get fur-miliar with new people, suggest the owner consider a house sitter. This way, kitty will have more time to get to know you and enjoy sharing his home with you.
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