Simply stroking your cat, from nose to tail, gives an all-over feel-good massage that lowers a cat's blood pressure and yours. Pay special attention to the places he likes best, such as the base of the tail and under the cheeks. Touching, petting, and massaging your cat also serves as a well-cat check to find any fur mats, lumps or bumps or sores that need medical attention.
Learn to understand what your cat's telling you with his meows, his tail, his ears, and more. How do you feel when someone ignores your attempts to tell them something? Your cat knows you love him and returns the purrs when you respond to his language in an appropriate way.
Every pet has favorite game. Interactive games increase the bond you share, build confidence in shy pets, and take the fizz out of some overactive pet pests.
So many cats get their tails in a twist over changes to their world. Enriching the environment with cat trees, adding a bird feeder outside a window perch, or simply playing soothing music helps enormously.