- Give your cat daily personal play time, lap time and massage time. Avoid contact play, use balls and toys but not your hands when playing with the cat.
- Do not over-stimulate your cat with excessive physical contact and patting. This can sometimes encourage aggressive play behavior.
- Respect your cats down time, personal time and sleep time and make sure your children respect it as well.
- Expose your cat gradually to new situations and people in a non-confrontational manner.
- Reward good behavior and ignore the negative (a cat may actually scratch a piece of furniture in order to get attention)!
- Give your cat a high, secure perch form which to view situations with which she is uncertain.
Although most of us do not train our cats to do ticks, we do train them to become affectionate and gentle household members.