Massaging your cat can create a positive relationship between the person and cat as well as soothe and relax stiff joints. It can also alleviate stress for both the cat and the owner.
- Start by stroking the cat's back from the base of the neck down to the base of the tail. This should get the cat's attention to you.
- Scratch the back of the cat's neck slowly a few times then scratch behind each ear individually 2-3 times each.
- Pet the top of the cat's head with one finger, and slide your finger down it's neck. If done correctly, it should lift it's head up.
- While it's chin is up, gently scratch the chin 4-5 times then move up to the sides of it's head where the whiskers are and scratch each side twice.
- Scratch the back of it's neck again, but stroke the entire back and tail 3-4 times(each time scratching the back of the neck again with each new stroke)
- If your cat is lying on it's side now, don't rub it's belly or else it will diminish the soothing effect of the massage and cause it to be playful.
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- If your cat does not like stroking, you could instead scratch the cat along the top of it's back only.
- Your cat will enjoy the massage the most only when it is in the mood for one and is healthy.
- If you want your cat to cooperate or to follow you around, massaging it is a great way for it to settle down and if you walk away, it will most likely follow you around for a while.
- Some cats do not like massages. Avoid massaging a cat if it shows resistance to being touched and/or has had surgery or injury that can only heal if left alone.
- Avoid massaging the legs, chest, and stomach since some cats will not feel comfortable and instead will feel threatened.
- Always do this gently!
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