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How to pet a cat
Appreciate the cat mindset. Cats were domesticated long after dogs, so they do have more of a wild streak. They have to learn to enjoy human interaction when young—ideally between two and seven weeks old—or they’ll always be fairly standoffish.
Give them control. Leave it to the cat to approach you. If the cat doesn’t know you, kneel and hold out your hand as you would with a dog. Nuzzling and purring means you have permission to pet.
Know where to stroke. Most friendly cats like being touched at the base of their ears, under their chins, and on their cheeks (but not on the whiskers). Cats often don’t like to be touched on their stomachs, backs, paws, or the base of their tails.
Recognize danger signs. A sudden turn of the head, flattened ears, and a twitching tail all are trying to tell you, “You should really stop…like, now.”
Source: Southern Living