Cats – mysterious creatures. At first they seem to be extremely friendly animals, which like affection, and at that very moment turn into aggressive monsters, ready to bite a striking hand. Perhaps the reason is that the owner of the animal is strictly stroking him.
Cats greet each other nose to nose. A person can repeat this greeting, extending the tip of the index finger to the nose of the cat. Most pets will answer this gesture, approaching a finger, sniffing and touching it with his nose.
Cats are not a social look, and not all of them like the abundance of affection. They often have to endure touch because of the advantages that bring relationships with a person (food, housing, attention).
The study showed that caresses and interactions between a cat and a person last longer and pass more successfully when the pet himself approaches the owner and initiates them. Another study says that the pet is more likely to suit a person if he sits in the same pose and is waiting – or is busy with a leisurely occupation like reading a book and watching a news feed on a smartph1.
Many people think that cats like it when they are stroked at the base of the tail. However, studies show that this, on the contrary, causes animals discomfort. Cats, unlike dogs, also do not like when they are stroked on their stomach.
The fact that the cat likes caresses can be understood by the tongue of the body of the pet. Pleasure manifests itself in purring, relaxed pose and calm expression of the muzzle. In this state, the cat can be rubbed in hand if a person pauses in stroking.
On the contrary, a passive state, nervous wagging tail, bites and sudden bouts of licking wool indicate that the cat is not particularly pleasant to human affection.
Previously, we explained the most common feline oddities from the point of view of science. Why do cats love to sleep in the sink and why they open their mouths after smelling something-the answers can be found out in our material.