by Barbara George, Tellington Ttouch Behaviourist
Each cat and each situation is different. Some cats are naturally more or less social than we would like, some have previously had both good and bad experiences.
Be patient and positive when working with timid cats; it’s about them, not about you.
Being empathetic and understanding of cat-lore helps us to understand from the cat’s point of view, and work with him rather than on him.
Cats are intelligent and know what we want, it’s up to them to decide to work with us, when and how.
Make changes at a pace that is acceptable to the cat; too many changes or not enough time to accept and understand the change will likely cause him to regress while too little change may cause him to feel bored and find other forms of entertainment.
There is no definite timeline for socialisation, each relationship with each cat will take as long as it takes, according to the cat.
Our attitude plays an important role in every interaction with every cat; they read us and understand us and our motives and meanings better than we do.
Additional ways to help socialise cats include Clicker training, Tellington Ttouch, Reiki, and other modalities.
Socialisation is not a permanent state; it can change based on the experiences and consequences of relationships and trust.