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  1. We know how our own cats love to be tickled and stroked and Jozef rolls over as he loves his belly nuzzled, Walter rolls over too, but try to nuzzle his belly and you get a kick in the head lol
    Neighbours cats I only stroke their heads and along their backs, but having known Narla as long as we’ve had the boyz, she will allow a kiss on top of her head.
    Meeting any cats at other peoples houses or outdoors on our travels, I just talk to them, unless they invite me to stroke them by rubbing around my legs.
    I always think how would I like my body to be a free for all being touched when anyone felt like it. No I wouldn’t.
    I did a silly quiz yesterday to find out what I was in a past life….guess what? Yes….. a cat lol
    I expect I was a feral

    • I am sure you can stroke and touch Walt and Jo anywhere. It depends on the caretaker; their experience and empathy towards their cats. Newbies to cat ownership should take more care and think about it a bit.

      • Yes Jozef will let us touch him anywhere and kiss him, but Walter’s belly is out of bounds so we have to respect that, apart from combing it, which he allows but reluctantly.

  2. This ESSAY is the BACK BONE of all ESSAYS.

    Because! all of those who;

    1. Have a cat
    2. Have not a cat
    3. Thinking to have a cat
    4. Or even not thinking to have a cat

    One must always be very careful. People usually pass by a cat and that cat seems to be very beautiful, pretty, handsome and like a fairy child to them, they wish to touch the cat, and suddenly the cat reacts in a harsh (I mean defensive way) mode and they start to conclude that cats are not a good companions of life and the cats are dangerous.

    Michael! I love your articles because I gain knowledge from them and sometimes I just smile because what you often write in your essays is the same as I experience in my daily activities with cats.

    I always try to find a conclusion within your essays. And the conclusion sentence in your (this) essay is;

    Michael states: …. “Safe stroking is about respecting the cat, doing what the cat likes and not what we enjoy (the two often go together, but not always).”

    God bless you forever and may you have a new companion of lifetime, soon <3 <3 <3 Amen!

    • Tummy area of a cat specially when she is rolling side by side on the ground looks like she is inviting you to touch her but it is not actually the same because it is the offer of WRESTLING. People may be very careful because most often it is misunderstood as OFFER OF “PET ME” !!!

      Very very few, household cats have been observed (specially raised from kittens to elder cats) may tolerate the owners touch on tummy and forgive the owner otherwise it is clearly a start of WRESTLING in the world of cats.

      Please guide me, if I am under estimating the cat’s behavior because I am not a vet, just speaks out with my practical experiments. (I had this experiment with my BIG TUMTUM).

      thank you and God bless you and your cats <3

  3. I like and agree with the descriptions of safe and taboo areas of stroking domestic cats.
    Could you come and try out those on some of my colony members? My camera is rolling..LOL!

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