Five tips for capturing purr-fect pictures of your cat

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MISSION, Kansas (PRNewswire/Family Features) — While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

These tips, provided by the pet experts at the TEMPTATIONS™ brand during CatCon in Pasadena, California, can help you capture the best photos of your furry feline friends. (Hint: irresistible treats usually help.)

Forget the Flash
Beware of your camera’s flash, as it could distract or frighten your cat. Plus, it might lead to red eyes in photos.

Disabling your camera’s shutter sound, if possible, can also help minimize distracting noises during your photo shoots.

cat on pizza box
Not using a flash can help from distracting a kitty being caught in a humorous pose.

Capture Your Cat’s Attention
Getting your cat to look where you want him or her to may be easier than you think. A simple shake of a bag of treats can get your cat to turn his or her head.

Play on Your Cat’s Personality
Instead of a stiff, staged photo, capture your cat’s personality by setting up a playtime photo shoot. Your pet will have fun while you take candid pictures that show his or her unique, playful personality.

Our cat, Jingles, pretending he is a pitball dispenser.

It helps to know your cat’s tendencies well when planning a photo shoot. Some cats have more energy to play earlier in the day, while others might behave better after expelling some energy with more rigorous playtime.

Discover Different Angles
Try taking pictures at your cat’s eye level. Whether he or she is crouching and preparing for the pounce or curiously swatting at a toy, capturing his or her face and eyes can help create captivating photos and memories of lovable kitty expressions.

Cats playing with toy mouse
Try giving your cat a new toy and see if leads to a fun photo opp.

Find a Friend
A simple but often overlooked tip is to enlist a friend. Having an assistant photographer during your shoot can allow one of you to use props, offer treats, change scenery and direct your cat while the other focuses on snapping the best shots.

For more tips to make your cat come running, or for additional photo inspiration, follow @TemptationsCats on social media or visit

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