Just like humans, Cats also have different characteristic. Environment in which they live affects to their personality and reaction to its surroundings, especially human. It is fundamentally important for the cat owners to recognize this in order to establish good relations with them and understand how to address the treatment for each cat. Otherwise, your cat will feel neglected. Here is the guidance for you to identify a neglected cat.
Description of neglect
Neglect means not to treat the animals with appropriate attention, especially for fulfilling their primary needs to live (water, food, hygiene, rest and hygiene). In many cases, the cat is forced to live in a cage or staying inside the house for a long time. Having too many cats or a tight schedule is likely become the main reason for owners to not giving proper quality time to take care their cat. Little that they know, this also leads for almost all of the type of animal abuse and all of these situations can produce neglect. That is for the perspective of human towards neglect. Now we continue to know how does a cat respond to it? And how we can learn?
How the cats respond to it?
Cats are basically like to hunt and accustom to live freely. If you just let your cats stay in a cage, means you limit their life and this will cause a stress for the cats. Similar to human, the cats also need to play and socialize with others outside of a cage. Besides, a cat left in a cage also makes them become less responsive since they are lack of activity. It may sometimes when play is offered to cat, the owner does not received the response as expected.
What can we do to help these cats?
It is kind of challenging to handle these cats. You do not need to pay hard effort to cuddle or hold these cats for your first approach. Let the cat feel comfort by providing them proper basic needs such as water, food, bed and clean litter box. Let the cat has their own privacy time and used to its surroundings. As the time goes by, the cat will slowly put the trust on you and eventually will come for a full cuddle.
But remember still do not try to pick the cat up or cuddle a cat in the litter box. Cats need socialization to learn the do’s and dont’s. Thus, give them time to learn. Move slowly and talk gently to teach the cats. There are many options that you can begin to bond with your cat.
A tickler wand is the best one to start the play. Gently shake the wand and let the cats see how it goes. Allow your cat to feel the success by grabbing the wand for a few moments. Then twitch it again when the cat lets go. There may some times a cat grab the wand and try to run with it, so do not allow this and offer resistance. It is not about the wand but the cat needs to play with you.
You may find taking care of a neglected cat is tiring but once you have taken all their trust, you will find a caring and demanding cat. It will come to love you very much and it is one of the best pet for a single or older person as it will give huge affection to release loneliness and loss to one who experience.