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Getting Our Attention

Do we know when our cats are asking for attention? If we are not attuned to the ways cats, and especially our cats, ask for things, we will miss these important signals.

Worse, we will blame the cat for “bothering” us when they are just trying to tell us something.

That Kitty Needs to Be Moved to the Top of the Priority List

The Presence.

The subtlest cat signal is simply appearing in our line of sight.

Over and over again. With determination and persistence.

Cats say a lot with the use of their Presence. This is Tristan’s method when he wants me to get up so he can show me something.

The Roadblock.

When kittens want to get their mother’s attention, they place themselves in front of her feet. When cats want to get our attention, they use the same trick.

If we are constantly tripping over our cat, consider that they are probably trying to Roadblock us. This is RJ’s favorite technique.

The Pester.

Mithy is not very sophisticated at eight months old. So he will head-butt my hand, ask for petting, then dart away. He wants me to follow him.

If we do not realize what they are doing, it’s annoying and inexplicable. Why are they pestering us so?

But we should remember they are only repeating the action over and over because they want a response from us. So give them one. Asking them to Show Me is a great way to get the conversation started.

The Third Arm.

This is Olwyn’s specialty. She will creep into Mr WayofCats’ armpit and continue the pressure until he asks her what she wants. It’s different from cuddling because it is an attempt to get in the way of anything else we are trying to do.

The response they seem to want is our realization that we can’t get anything done until we take care of them, first. And it’s a form of mental judo: because how can we complain about too much closeness? We can’t. That wouldn’t be fair, and cats have a fine-tuned sense of fairness.

The Voice Message.

Some cats are confident enough in their verbal ability to just walk up and tell us. We often don’t know what it is they want, until we and our cat are adept enough to pick up on differences in their verbal requests.

But it’s certainly enough for us to start playing Twenty Questions with them. Which is what they wanted all along.

The Buzzsaw.

If we haven’t been addressing a need of theirs, or they are suddenly dealing with increased stress, they might turn to a favorite stress reliever: scratching.

If we have plenty of good scratching posts, we will see them working at them as never before. If we don’t, we will realize we really need more.

Either way, we also need to figure out what is stressing them so much.

The Distress Flare.

This is the biggest emergency signal of them all: not using their litter box.

Using a Distress Flare is often a sign they have a medical problem, that another cat is keeping them from using their usual box, or a serious reminder that we haven’t been keeping the box clean.

Addressing any health or hygiene needs is an important next step, and often is all we need to solve this issue.

Our cats have far-ranching abilities to figure out ways to communicate their need for attention, care, and help with their stress. It’s a great advantage in our relationship to not have to guess what they want.

Once we cultivate a willingness to listen, and build their trust in our follow-through, our cats will not be a mysterious puzzle.

We can ask, and they will answer.


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