Lap cats are born not made. True?
Well, it is true that heredity has a lot to say about a cat’s personality. Friendly mother cats tend to raise friendly kittens. We’re not sure, though, if the kittens are simply modeling Mom’s behavior or if their personality is passed on genetically: Kittens are also more likely to be friendly if Daddy is friendly and social, even if he doesn’t have anything to do with raising them.
Early handling by humans is also an important part of how a kitten’s personality develops. Kittens between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks who receive positive physical handling and attention from people tend to be friendly and social.
But what if you don’t know about your cat’s early experiences and influences, and you’d just like him to spend more time in your lap? Can you train him to be a lap cat? You can sure try, and I have five tips that may help you succeed.