Although petting a cat might seem easy, it's not for everyone.
Concentrating on areas containing scent glands
1 – Start with a gentle chin scratch. Use your fingertips or fingernails for gentle rubbing the chin, focusing on the jawbone that connects to the skull. It is possible that the cat will push into your strokes, or jut out of his/her mouth.
2 – You should focus on the area in between and behind your ears. Use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure. Another spot that cats can use to detect scents is at the base of their ears.
3 – Care for the cat's cheeks near the whiskers. If the cat loves this, he/she can rotate his/her eyebrows forward, effectively asking for more.
4 – Run the back part of your hand along one side of the face. After the cat is calmed, use your middle fingers to stroke the cat’s "mustache". This is the area just above the upper lip. Then, circle the entire cat's face with your thumb and stroke the top of their heads with your thumb. The cat is yours.
5 – Stroke the cat head to tail. Gently stroke the forehead. By gently pinching, massage the neck muscles. Use gentle pressure and a slow, continuous motion. Do not work in the opposite direction (forehead and tail) as some cats may not like backward strokes.
Let the cat come and visit you
1 – Let the cat sniff your hand before you pet it. Allow the cat to touch you with your finger or hand.
2 – Wait for the cat's head to bump against yours. If a cat bumps against your hand, it's a sign they/he want attention. Even if you're busy, make sure to pet the cat at least once or twice. This will let the cat know that you aren’t forgetting about him/her.
3 – If your cat jumps into you lap and lays down, pet him/her once. You can see if she/he feigns interest in you. If she/he doesn't, it could just be that she/he simply wants to lay down and relax.
4 – Take a cat to the vet when they are on their side. Cats are more comfortable being petted when they are lying on their backs. Gently stroke the side that is facing you. If it purrs (or meows), it might be communicating enjoyment.
5 – Learn how your cat communicates. The cat makes low, audible sounds called purring. Purring can be used to signal that your cat is friendly and wants attention. If you see your cat pleading for attention, such as hip bumps, ankle twining and head bumping, it's likely that it wants to be pet right now. Sometimes, a simple stroke is all a cat wants.
6 – Look out for signs your cat isn't wanting to be petted anymore. Even petting a cat that is pleasant to the touch can sometimes become too stimulating or irritating, especially if it's repetitive. If you don't pay attention, the sign is likely to be a soft and inhibited bite, scratch, or scratch. The cat will give you several subtle signals before he/she bites.
What to avoid
1 – You should keep your cat's head up and stroke it from the tail to the head. Some cats don't enjoy being stroked from their tails to their heads.
2 – Don't pet the cat. Some cats love it. But others don’t. If your cat isn’t used to being around cats then you shouldn’t be trying to get them to do it.
3 – Stay away from the belly. When cats are relaxed, some will roll onto their backs and expose the belly. Don't mistake this for a chance to rub your tummy. Many cats don’t like this at all. This is because cats need to protect themselves against predators. The stomach is the most vulnerable area of all vital organs. Many cats will instinctively remove their claws and teeth if it is touched.
4 – Be careful when touching the feet. If you don't know the cat, and are familiar with their preferences, don’t play with her feet. Start by cuddling the cat to get them to relax. Then, ask permission for one stroke of your finger to touch one of their feet.
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