|If you have a cat who doesn’t like petting, part of the problem may be that you’re petting the wrong area of his body. Some cats find strokes down the back to be too stimulating. Some cats don’t like their tails touched while others enjoy those long strokes right to the tail tip. The base of the tail can be too sensitive for some but not for others. Pay attention to areas of his body where he seems to fidget. Those areas may be too stimulating or sensitive. When you aren’t sure what a cat’s petting preference is you can’t just absent-mindedly pet; you have to pay attention and watch body language. Paying heed to petting preference can go a long way toward strengthening the bond between cat and owner.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books on cat behavior. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com.
June 15th, 2011