Contrary to their regal reputation, when treated right, even the most aloof cats can become putty in your hands. Crinkle newspaper loudly, scrunch into a ball, and toss it across the room. Let the sunshine in so Kitty has a bright, sunny spot where she can bask. A cat's hearing is super sensitive, more so than a dog's or human's-when you call your cat, say her name as if you are rocking a child to sleep. From science writer and lifelong cat enthusiast Carol Kaufmann, here are 97 ways to make your cat as devoted to you as you are to him.
Carol Kaufmann is the author of Dan Kainen's bestselling Safari and Ocean Photicular books. A former staff writer for National Geographic, she has traveled to the Pacific Ocean's floor in a submersible called Alvin and to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. She's covered politics and presidential campaigns as well as archaeology, marine biology, and cultural anthropology stories all over the planet. Carol's writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, where she was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington Post, George, and in the anthology A Woman's Europe.