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Seven Tips for Turning Your Cat into a Lap Cat

three books by author Pam Johnson-Bennett and a quote from Beth Stern

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Tip 6: Never trick your cat

If you’re trying to teach your cat that your lap is a safe and comfortable place to be, the last thing you want to do is trick her when she jumps up there by using that time to administer medication or trim nails.

Tip 7: Always give your cat the freedom to move away

If your cat starts to get wiggly or attempts to move away or jump down, don’t restrain her. If she knows she has the freedom to come and go as she pleases she’ll be more likely to return to your lap next time. If you hold her there against her will, she may no longer view being close to you as a positive experience. Even if your cat only comes onto your lap for a few seconds, keep the experience positive and relaxed and she may stay a few seconds more next time. That’s a great start.

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For more specific information on cat behavior and training, refer to the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Pam’s books are available through your favorite online retail sites as well as in bookstores everywhere. You can also purchase books through our website.

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For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.