Cats can be incredibly independent creatures and find it hard to stay still while their pictures are being taken. Cat behaviorist Ingrid Johnson explained to Bored Panda that taking photos of cats is best done in their environment. “Taking cats out of their home for a photo shoot is often where things go awry. Use natural light and play with them to encourage them to look confident and alert,” she explained about how to get the best possible snaps of felines. Read on for the rest of our interview with Ingrid.
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“Also use toys to get them to look in the direction you want! You can shake treats, click, make some sort of sound to get them to look at the camera. As far as keeping them calm, again, it’s about working with what they are naturally giving you rather than trying to force something,” cat behaviorist Ingrid gave us advice about how to work with cats when taking their pictures.
According to the expert, the extent to which cats crave attention from human beings is highly variable and depends on a lot of things.
“The answer is highly variable based on the cat, how well socialized to people they are, their experiences and bond with their human(s), etc. For some cats, they cannot get enough, for others, they approach and engage on their terms. Most cats prefer to control the interactions. Playing ‘hard to get’ is going to welcome the cat to approach you for affection. Cats have little interest in the human that wants to pick them up and smoother them with affection.”
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Ingrid also explained that we have to have realistic expectations and love to learn cats for the individuals that they are, not the ‘perfect’ pets that we’d want them to be. You can read more about that right here.
How much attention a cat needs depends on the breed, as well as on each individual. However, you should still be prepared to give your catto at least 20 minutes of one-on-one worship time each day.
If your cat feels left out and unloved, you can be sure that it’ll let you know. It’s pretty straightforward: if your cat keeps meowing at you, getting in your way while you work from home, jumping in your lap, knocking things over, and irritating you, guess what—it wants your attention!
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So meow back. Play with it. Pet it. Set up an impromptu photoshoot for it and snap a few pictures to share with your friends. Remind yourself that your cat’s a living being that craves attention from its owner.
Left unchecked and ignored, cats could resort to causing more chaos. Some felines do this by clawing furniture if pawing at your arms or legs isn’t enough.
However, rewarding cats for negative behavior is counter-productive, too. So shower your pet with love when it’s acting like a polite furball, not a petulant teenager. Hopefully, that will help you and your cat live a happy life full of mutual adoration.
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