The classic overstimulated cat. I am sure that the woman did this intentionally. She videoed herself at the same time. She knew her cat’s response. It varies of course. Some cats are more tolerant while others will become overstimulated quite rapidly. The word ‘overstimulation’ means petting your cat too much such that he treats petting as roughhouse play and play is play-hunting which in turn entails biting and scratching. It is all there is this very brief video. It is the best example I have seen on video.
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— Kelen Keller (@KelenKeller38) January 17, 2019
You can almost see the head of steam building up in a cat’s brain if you are overstimulating him provided you know your cat’s personality well. There is a threshold and you have know it. I suspect though that many domestic cats enjoy almost limitless petting with not a single sign that they are on the path to overstimulation.
Twitchy, wild types, are more prone to overheat and play-fight. It is all perfectly normal and to be expected. Petting a cat is not automatically pleasant for a cat. Not all cats like standard petting. Some are fussy about where you can pet and others are more tolerant. The biggest factor is the duration of petting. The place is absolutely critical of course. What you can do fairly firmly in one place has to be very gentle in another.
Do we stroke cats to give the cat pleasure or to give ourselves pleasure or both? It must be the last of the three. However, a lot of the desire is because we like it. We have to know how much our cats like it and how they like it.
Some cats invite their owners to stroke them. They might roll over in front of them. And sometimes cats indicate where they wish to be stroked by offering that part of the body. When cats accept petting they are not only enjoying it but reinforcing the bond with their human companion.