Fur the love of pets

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A few weeks ago, a client complained that her recently adopted cat, Spencer, wasn't very affectionate. He ignored her and only showed up around mealtime. My first thought was that a new home can be a scary thing for a cat. Spencer was still adjusting, and he'd get closer to her once he became more relaxed. When I asked about her interactions with him, she revealed something interesting. Her active social life kept her away from home most evenings, so she hadn't really spent much time with Spencer. No wonder he just showed up at meals; he only saw his pet parent as a food source not as a relationship.

Sure, cats are independent, and that's one of the many things we love about them. But they need attention, too. I suggested she cool it with the extracurricular activities for a bit and make interacting—like speaking to Spencer in soothing tones, petting and hanging out together—a priority. Why be a pet parent if you can't invest the time? That's exactly what she did. I'm happy to report progress has been made: my client can't wait to come home early for Spencer's sweet greeting at the door.