Allow Me to Introduce Felis Catus – Everyone sane loves a cat. If you don’t like cats, please read one of my other articles. I’m personally allergic to cats, but I still love them. Lots of people can’t resist petting cats and to some extent it comes natural. It’s the closest they will come to owning a fur coat and it doesn’t hurt the fur’s current owner. Most people like to rub their hand on the top of the head of a cat and maybe to rub along its spine. This works and is generally well-tolerated, but neither of these methods really constitutes a correct way to pet a cat.
Who doesn’t know that cats can be very independent and do only what they want to do. You can scold a dog for bad behavior, if necessary, and often it will learn to avoid the behavior and win your approval. But what do you get by scolding a cat? An opportunity to hear yourself talk. That is all. If you want a better cat, the only tool you have is to spoil it rotten. Feed it well, groom it, and above all, pet it. Who knows? Maybe the cat will even begin to like you!
Now Let’s Get Down to Business!
Perhaps you do pet your cat even frequently. But did you realize that even a cat has its druthers, and it’d druther you’d pet it in a different fashion than most people do? Allow me to present some time-proven methods that are sure to please your cat. Yes, here are Vince’s Eight Postulates for Petting Cats. Follow them faithfully! If you do this, your cat will be happy as a Cheshire, it will purr like a chainsaw, and you will have a friend for life.
1. All cats love a “good-ole” butt scratch. Your cat will love it if you scratch him just in front of his tail with your thumb and first and second fingers while resting your palm on his back. Don’t be afraid to do this. It’s numero uno!
2. Another of his favorites is for you to grab his tail at the base with your whole hand and gently pull the tail,sliding your hand up until it slides off the cat’s tail. Don’t do this hard enough to pull the tail off, whatever you do! Keep it gentle!
3. Rub, not the top of the head of the cat, but the back of his neck. Rub it in such a way that the loose skin of the neck is bunched up just a little, using your thumb on one side of his neck, and your fingers on the other side.
4. Gently rub at the back base of the cat’s ears with your fingers side by side at the small depressions there. Rub that area gently one at a time and see if the cat doesn’t tip its head in pleasure.
5. If the cat is standing, rub the loosely hanging fur of its tummy in the direction of the fur. Most cats don’t particularly want you to rub “against the grain.”
6. If the cat is in a particularly amorous mood, gently rub his snuggly-warm tummy, but not too low, or the cat will stand up and possibly leave.
7. Some cats like you to gently scratch under their chin with one, or at most two, fingers.
8. The cheeks of a cat deserve some attention. Two fingers suffice to gently scratch and rub the cheeks.
If you put Vince’s Eight Postulate for Petting Cats into everyday practice, you will see results in no time. You will be very happy you learned the correct ways to pet your cat, and more to the point, your cat “will be glad you did.”