Petting could stress your cat
Study aims to understand how cats live alongside humans and other felines.
You may think you’ve made inroads by getting your reluctant cat to let you pet him. But, an international group of researchers says that what’s a happy moment for you may be a stressful experience for your cat.
Evidence from a new research study suggests that the owner's urge to pet their cat may be a stressful experience for the animal.
“Our data suggests that cats who tolerate, rather than enjoy or dislike being petted, seem to be the most stressed,” said Daniel Mills, a professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. "It seems that those cats on whom the owner imposes him or herself are the ones we need to be most concerned about."
The same study also found that the generally solitary animals don’t seem to mind living in a house with several cats. The team’s findings were published in the "Journal Physiology and Behavior".
— Read it at Phys.org
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"Hitch" is a 1 1/2 year old orange tabby and was born to a wild mother and grew up wild where I work. Last winter he "decided" that I hadn't given him enough munchies and knowing where I kept them in my car, he helped himself. As I pulled out of the parking lot I had and orange tornado doing laps inside the car, then he settled down on the dash over the defroster and glared at me all the way home. I didn't see him for more than a month so I set out a game cam to see where the food was going at night. A raccoon, a possum, a grey cat, an orange cat, and a fox !
Eventually he would come out when I fed him but no touching.
Last week that all changed. It started out with a touch, then a stroke on his tail, then his back.
Now he is demanding attention more than food. He even lets my wife and 12 year old granddaughter pet him and yesterday he let me pick him up and set him on the bench beside me for a good neck rub and purr.
He's an outside cat and nothing like the 10 and 12 year old Siamese ( both from a shelter ) who live in the house and demand nightly attention.
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