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It is not entirely true that cats are so lonely and independent. And it is not even so true that they are unpredictable and humorous animals and therefore unmanageable. It is instead true that we can interpret the signals that send us (even small, seemingly insignificant) to better educate them and prevent certain unpleasant or even dangerous health behaviors. Here are some tips from the experts drawn from Focus Guide Dogs and Cats to make them live healthy and happy with us.

1 - TIME GIFTS. The first months of life of a kitten are decisive: it is in this period, in fact, that one must get used to the human presence, to that of other animals (if there are any), to his new environment. But even an adult cat loves company. Dedicating time to it is the best way to develop a good relationship with him. The ideal? Allocate at least five minutes to play three or four times a day.

2 - Don't let him get bored. The idea that cats are good even without anyone around is wrong: cats are always happy to spend time with a human being. This is especially true for apartment cats, which do not have the possibility to go outside and leave home: a cat closed at home all day will get bored, and could even engage in dangerous games. If it is necessary to leave a cat (especially a small one) for a long time, to reassure him you could leave him a garment impregnated with the smell of the master.

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3 - Don't ignore it. Often the cat sends us signals of a possible malaise. If, for example, he suddenly refuses to use the cassette and starts depositing his gifts on the bed it could mean that we have forgotten to change the sand. A cat that prevents the owner from working on the computer while lying on the keyboard is instead asking for attention, perhaps a simple caress. In short, with his rich and articulate language, the cat reminds us that it has more complex needs than many believe.

4 - read his signals. Cats have the reputation of being unpredictable and humorous animals, a falsehood linked more than anything else to the inability to interpret their behavior. In fact, the body language of cats is extremely clear, and learning to read the signals thrown from the tail, ears or eyes is easier than one might think. Knowing how to communicate with the cat, then, is the best way to notice if something is wrong: there is a difference, for example, between a cat that washes often and with passion and one that does it with so much intensity to cause injuries and injuries (which could have a dermatological problem or cystitis).

5 - Don't mess with him. Cats love the master's cuddles very much while they can't stand pranks, especially those that are too rough: for example, you have to be very careful with children who could pull their tails or, worse, play "throw" them around the house. Even from this point of view, therefore, we must not forget that cats are animals with precise needs. Better to respect them if you want to build a peaceful and lasting relationship with him.

6 - Don't beat him. Never beat a cat: no kicks, no bumps, no beating on your head, because the only result of violent behavior will be a loss of confidence in you. Useless also to make him long sermons when something is wrong: a dry "no" or a loud noise are enough to make him desist, and the repetition of the gesture will help him learn how to behave. Above all, remember that the only effective scolding is the one immediately following his "misdeed": if you wait too long the cat will have forgotten what he has done, and will not be able to associate the scolding with the behavior.

With the advice of Maria Cristina Crosta, veterinary surgeon at the Gran Sasso Clinic in Milan, and Laura Borromeo, feline behaviorist.

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