Chris Kouwenhoven

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Cats are much more attention-needy than most people think. They can become bored and depressed if they are ignored. Some develop "negative attention syndrome"--they misbehave just to get their owners to notice them. If the only time the owner talks to Kitty is when he scratches the sofa or strolls on the kitchen counter, then you can bet that he will perform these feats when the owner is around but not acknowledging him. (Cats and small children have a lot in common!) When you get home from work, take the first 10 minutes to visit with your cat. Forget about checking the answering machine, looking at the mail, or making supper for awhile. Your day may have been hectic and stressful, but kitty has had no choice but to spend many long hours in a quiet house without any stimulation. You are, without a doubt, the most exciting part of his day. Even if he is lucky enough to have a feline companion, he craves the type of attention that only you can give. Tell him how good he is and how much you love him. Stroke him and play with him. You both will be happier and healthier.

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