For humans and cats touching is very important

Cat wants to touch their caregiver

I’m going to refer to a study which starts off with the words, “Receiving touch is of critical importance”. The words at the end of the study are as follows: “In conclusion, we show clear evidence that such interventions are beneficial across a large number of both physical and mental health outcomes”. This applies …

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Infographic on “Why does a cat like being stroked?”

Bodega cat is petted while enjoying a high advantage point and a bit of heat from a device in a shop.

Because of her early days experiences, a kitten equates being provided for with her mother. As the human caregiver continues to provide for the now adult cat, the cat relates to their human caregiver as their mother. Her true mom licked her kitten a lot during her earliest days to clean them, which is …

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Human behaviour beneficial to cats

How should I pet my cat?

I think it useful to remind ourselves of the sort of human behaviour that is beneficial to our cat. Perhaps it is common sense but even commonsense thoughts need to be reinforced. Generally aversive human behaviors With respect to livestock, research has identified that the most aversive human behaviours towards domestic animals includes: hits, …

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Stroke your cat with the back of your hand

Stroke with the back of the hand

This is a little tip that occurred to me this morning, on Christmas Day 2020. Happy Christmas by the way (an odd Christmas due to the pandemic). Try stroking your cat with the back of your hand. This is something that I do. It is an alternative to the conventional way of petting a …

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Video supports theory that cats lick where you pet them because it stimulates desire to self-groom

Cat stimulated to self-groom by petting

This video supports my theory that cats often lick their fur immediately after they are petted in the exact same spot because in petting them the cat’s owner stimulates the desire in the cat to groom themselves. It is an automatic, instinctive response. Previous theories as to why cats do this are wrong I …

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The pleasure of being touched by us is the main reason why cats like to be stroked

Petting cat's head

“The ritual of cat owners stroking their cat and their cat asking to be stroked and petted is a bonding process based upon mutually delivering pleasure to each other through contact.” – Michael Domestic cats do like direct contact between themselves and their significant human on their terms. This underpines the ritual of petting. …

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4 reasons why your cat licks herself where you have petted her

Stroking a cat can encourage the cat to self-groom

A few times I have endeavoured to answer the question as to why cats lick themselves where you pet them. It’s a perennial question and one which fascinates a lot of people. We don’t know for sure what the answer is but I think I now have the more credible answer. There are four …

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