How to Pet or Massage Your Cat

Learn how to pet or massage your cat from board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, DVM in this Howcast video.

Transcript

If you have a cat at home, you probably have one because you really want to touch it. However, most people don't really know where cats like to be touched. So, I want to tell you a little bit about cats favorite places. The most common place that cats enjoy touch is right around their neck and their face. They like to be scratched right here at their cheeks, under their chin, behind the ears and right at the neck like this.

Some cats also really enjoy having their tail head scratched right where their tail meets their spine. Things that cats don't generally like include scratching the belly although Fria doesn't mind it so much, but scratching the belly really not something most cats enjoy. Some cats are okay with you stroking them, but only a little bit. If you notice that your cat's tail starts to thrash when you're doing that, go back to scratching the head because that's again most cats favorites.

Most people know this but most cats really don't like it when you touch their legs. You can see Fria's giving her head again because she'd much rather I scratch her there than touch her paws and of course, make sure that if you are stroking a cat, stroke the correct way which is from head to tail. Not from tail to head. Cats don't enjoy that.

If you decide you want to do some massage then just move your fingers lightly in the areas that you know cats enjoy like the neck in little circles. That's how you can get started enjoying petting your cat without triggering them to be uncomfortable.

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