Seven Tips to Turn Your Cat into a Lap Cat

Parts of cat traits are hereditary; meaning, some are born with a sweet personality and others are not. So you might have to train your pet first to be a lap-lounger. Several ways are available to help you convince your cat to snuggle.

Studies show that kittens exposed to different people at the age of 3 to 7 weeks are more likely to grow as affectionate cats. 

For reluctant grown-up cats, giving positive reinforcements can make them super clingy; so there is still hope for feline lovers who prefer cats to be in their laps.

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How to Convince Your Cat to Sit On Your Lap

Head bunting, purring, and giving cat kisses are just a few ways of cats to show love to their owners. Several cat owners prefer a cat lapping as a sign of cat affection.

Being naturally moody and bossy, cats tend to do what they like and avoid what they don’t. For instance, a clingy cat will jump off as soon as a person puts it in the lap just because the cat hates being there.

So if you prefer a lap cat, you might have to adjust in order to turn your cat into one by considering the following tips:

1. Make Your Cat Trust You

A cat can only sleep and stay in your presence if it trusts you so make sure to gain your cat’s trust first if you want it to feel comfortable in your lap. In gaining your cat’s trust, you have to be patient because you can’t make it in an instant.

Naturally independent, cats do not depend on owners so it will take time to make your cat trust you. If you want to be trusted by a cat, you have to make sure that you provide the food it likes. Unlike dogs, cats are picky when it comes to food so be certain about what you feed your cat.

You should also understand your cat’s mindset and avoid making it scared. Negative reinforcement should not be done because it would definitely make your cat hate you. Make sure your cat doesn’t see you as a rival so avoid looking directly into its eyes without blinking for it may see you as a threat.

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2. Pet Your Cat Right Away

If your sweet and adorable pet shows signs that it is open for an interaction, make sure to grab that chance and start petting your cat right away. You should know what areas to touch and when to stop when petting your cat or else, your interaction with it could cause aggression.

Petting your cat can be done by letting your cat come to you, scratching its chin gently, and rubbing its ears or sides of its face softly. Keep doing these things to make your cat more attached to you until it becomes so clingy to follow you all around and be on your lap when you are sitting to chill.

3. Make Sure Your Pet Is Relaxed

The mental state of your cat can be affected by many factors like pain, illness, environment, and stress. Always observe if your cat is affected by these things because if not, your bossy little buddy might end up having mental problems. Knowing the possible causes of stress and other discomfort is also significant.

Your cat won’t be sweet to you if it is stressed or if something is bothering it. Establish a healthy and relaxing environment first before expecting that it would sit on your lap.

4. Try Putting A Blanket on Your Lap

Blankets can make cats feel warm. If you want your cat to feel comfortable sitting on your lap, you should put a nice blanket in it. Plus, cats have long nails that can harm people so putting a blanket on your lap would be very helpful in avoiding scratches.

Several people have cats which hate laps but they begin to sit on their owner’s lap once there is a blanket. Cats can have different attitudes so you’ll never know until you try.

5. Use Cat Treats

If your cat is a stubborn one and doesn’t want to do what you want, you can actually use treats to attract it. Start by putting treats in your hand and lure your cat by putting more treats on your couch, then in your lap until it seats on you.

You can try giving your cat a treat like catsicle. Treats are very helpful in training pets and they always add fun to learning things.

6. Avoid Doing The Things That Your Cat Hates

A cat that hates its owner would definitely not sit in its owner’s lap. Some things that you do like spraying too much cologne to your body can be undesirable for your pet because cats have 14 times stronger sense of smell than humans.

Like us, cats hate the feeling of discomfort so make sure everything is comfortable for your feline. When cats make mistakes, don’t punish or yell at it. Always clean your place because cats hate dirty surroundings too. If you have more than one pet, your cat can also get jealous and might end up really ignoring you.

Make efforts by avoiding what it doesn’t like since your cat will never be a lap cat if it doesn’t like you. Don’t miss your pet’s meal time too and never feed it with spoiled food.

7. Do Fun Activities With Your Cat

Cats need quality time like dogs but they very silly to do things. Try to understand cats’ feelings; if they want to play or to just relax. You can do activities that can make your pet more active and healthier like taking a walk, playing hide and seek, food hunting, watching television, playing with feather and string, catnip toys, paper bags or cardboard boxes.

Doing fun activities with your cat can result in having a strong and wonderful bond between the two of you. Your cat can get clingier and attached to you as you do these things. A cat can appreciate the things you do for it. All the times you spend with a cat are priceless.

Miranda LaSala
Miranda LaSala

My destination ever since I was born was to be a cat person. When I had the chance, I took the course on Veterinary Tech from Pima Medical Institute, Seattle. For the last 5 years, I've worked as a kennel assistant, veterinary nurse, and a surgical nurse.

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