Being able to own a house pet is a very satisfying feeling. Pets love it when you show them how much you care for them by playing and petting them. For experienced pet owners, they are familiar with the tendencies and preferences of their pets. However, for interested and new pet owners, they need to understand that owning pets can also be risky if they do not take the time to learn and adapt to what makes their pets happy. This is especially true with cats. They can easily get scared and react aggressively when provoked. Knowing more about them can definitely help you avoid suddenly getting bitten by your pet.

Effects Of Petting a Cat

It has always been a myth that a cat tends to be aloof and does not want to be shown affection by its owner. Cats love to be stroked by their owners. The chin is one of the most favourite parts of a cat’s body that it wants to be scratched. The main reason is that a lot of scent glands are found around the neck, especially the chin area, of a cat. A cat cannot groom its chin easily, which is why it needs the help of its owner to scratch this area. The scent glands naturally produce pheromones that make the cat relaxed and happy.

After you scratch a cat’s chin or neck area, these pheromones stick to your hands, can give trigger a sensual and when the cat smells your hand, it can help the cat identify you as the one who is showing it some love. Another area that a cat loves to be scratched is its lower back. The base of the tail of a cat has many nerves which can trigger a sensual feeling. You will know that your cat likes the way you are petting it when it suddenly raises its backside. This is a way for a cat to exert pressure to increase the pleasure it is getting. However, petting a cat needs to be done with moderate force to avoid overstimulation or hurting your pet.

Some Cats React Negatively to Petting

Most of the time, a cat enjoys the petting of its owner. But some people have wondered why cats suddenly react negatively and would hurt their owners instead. What owners fail to realize is that there are some ways to ensure that cats understand that they are being shown affection, and no one is trying to give them pain. Cats have different tolerance levels to scratching and petting.

This is why it is important to determine the tolerance level of your own pet. Cats have different ways to show aggression. When a cat suddenly bites you aggressively, it just means that it has already had enough of what you are doing to it. Overstimulation is usually a cause why a cat suddenly bites you even if it was fine with your petting a few moments ago.

Static electricity may form when you are repeatedly stroking, brushing, or scratching your cat. This sends little shocks to the cat, making it feel irritated – one of the common reasons why cats feel they are being hurt.

Know The Signs of Tension

The mood of a cat can change in an instant. It is highly advised that you watch out for signs that would signal that you should stop petting your cat and leave it alone. The following list shows some of the common signs that you might get bitten if you do not stop petting your cat:

  • It starts to hiss at you.
  • It bats your hand away.
  • It starts to twitch the skin on its back.
  • It rotates its ears backward.
  • It starts to shake its head aggressively.
  • It tries to shift and move away from you.
  • You can sense that it has lost its relaxed feeling.

Pet Your Cat with Care

It is normal for pet owners to lose track of their actions when petting their cats. This may be due to the cuteness and the affection the owners are feeling when their cats are purring, licking, or meowing from the pleasure they are getting.  However, owners should be aware of the common signs that their cats have had enough of their petting to avoid getting bitten. Just be sure that when you are petting your cat, you must be gentle and playful so that it maintains a comfortable and relaxing mood for your feline friend.