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How to Take Photos and Pose with Your Cat

How to Take Photos and Pose with Your Cat

OK, you are able to get your kitty into a costume, or wear one of our fashionable collars and fine jewelry, but now you want to get a photograph of your cat all dressed up. How do you get her to sit still?

It's not easy to get your cat to pose, but some cats have personalities that are laid back and they will specifically pose for the camera as you coo and praise and laugh. They know they have an audience and love it.

For the less enthusiastic cats, getting them stay still may be easier if there is a bit of catnip or silver vine brushed onto their costume, or in their basket or on their perch where you are taking the photograph.

Find a cat toy that is a favorite and entice the cat to play with it, and that could bring out a great side to take a picture.

Have something ready while your cat is playing with the toy, or eating from a dish, that will distract her right away. Sometimes it's a clicker, or a wand, or a sound that you like to make that catches her attention. When she thinks you are going to give her a reward, snap the photo, and then give the treat if it works out.

For longhair cats, some professionals suggest that you brush your cat at least an hour before the photo shoot. That way, your cat will not connect the shoot with the brushing and then be fearful of your brushing in the future.

Having a wand or string toy to distract your cat could get him to raise his paw or get up on his hind legs for a particularly cute moment.

Cats like to poke their heads out of boxes, out of tunnels, and over perches, so if you have a cat who is particularly playful, then you will want to snap some shots as they try to stalk you like prey.

Watch your cat and figure out what the best time is for them to be most active, and that could be a good time for some action shots. However, if you're dressing her up, then maybe the best time is when she is a bit more sleepy and less active, and will settle down with a costume or jewelry.

Get your cat used to the clicking of your camera, try not to use flash, but natural lighting (otherwise your cat will look like a demon with flashing eyes anyway), and try to have the camera itself be the least distracting part of the photo shoot.

Have patience, and don't lose your temper because that will just make you and your cat more frustrated.

Think about the setting, make it comfortable for the cat. Maybe it's in a cat hammock, or a garden that they are used to, or in a living room area that has some toys. Your cat will behave the best in an area he is most familiar with, and not a strange setting.

Don't put on a new collar or new outfit and then expect instant casual shots. The cat needs to get used to the new garb before posing in it, and that includes sometime as simple as a new collar.

Get down to the level of the cat which means having a stick that lowers the camera to the cat's level, or you getting down on your knees and taking a floor shot, too.

Laser pointers or clickers can distract the cat, but be careful to not point the laser in the cat's eyes. A squeaky toy or treats can bring the cat to a specific place to sit.

Don't repeat the noise so much that it becomes irritating to your cat (or your neighbors). Make the distracting noise a special momentary distraction and then get the shot quickly as the cat looks up.

Sometimes it helps to have two people with cameras take shots from different sides, so when your cat is ignoring you, someone else can get the shot from another side. Your chances are better that way.

Of course, the best way is you holding your cat yourself and getting a selfie, or having someone take the picture for you. That way, you will have yourself in the photo too, and you will have a better way of controlling the cat with a special rub that you only know, and make the cat the most comfortable for the shoot.

And that will be a photo to remember.
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