Cats love it when you pat and stroke them but there is more to it than you might imagine.
Have you ever noticed that your cat will lift its chin to encourage you to pat it under there?
They also like it when you stroke the side of their face, and scratch at the base of the tail.
The reason being is that these areas have sebaceous glands which produce body odors.
So every time you pat or scratch your cat in this area you are effectively letting it mark you with its scent.
There are particular areas on the cat that are very sensitive to touch and the cat gets a lot of pleasure from you stroking these areas.
Not only is the skin of the cat very sensitive but also the hairless pads.
These areas of skin and pads are particularly sensitive as they help the cat to investigate and be aware of things that are happening around it in the wild.
While most cats don’t mind their body being patted, quite a lot of them don’t like their paws to be touched although a light massage between the paws is one thing that many cats enjoy even if they don’t normally like their paws touched.
If you have been patting your cat for some time and its tail begins to start flicking rather rapidly then this is a sign that it is starting to get somewhat agitated and it might be wise to stop patting for a while.
Cats can get a little carried away when you pat them and particularly if you’re patting them on their underside and they are lying on their back.
One moment they can be purring with pleasure, and the next they can be biting and scratching your hand.
Often they are just playing and don’t realize that they can be causing some damage to your hands.
It is certainly not something that they should be reprimanded for.
Cats will often give you a little nip when showing their affection towards you too.