5 Simple Cat Stroking Techniques

As a cat owner, you will understand just how therapeutic it is to lovingly stroke your feline friend. One of life’s true pleasures is having your cat come to you, settle on your lap, and purr while you stroke them. However, there are right and wrong ways to stroke your cat. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we will give you five tips on how to stroke your cat, the right way. Enjoy!

Tip 1: Gentle Approach

When it comes to stroking your cat, the first thing you need to keep in mind is to approach them gently. Cats are sensitive creatures, and they can easily get scared or agitated if you are too rough or sudden in your movements.

Start by approaching your cat slowly and calmly. Let them see you coming, and give them a chance to sniff your hand before you start stroking them. This will help them feel more comfortable and relaxed around you.

Tip 2: Identifying Cat’s Favourite Spots

Cats are creatures of habit, and they have their favourite spots where they like to be petted. Observe your cat’s behaviour when you pet them. Do they purr and knead their paws? If they do, you have found their favourite spot. If they move away or try to scratch you, it means they don’t like to be petted in that area.

Look for Clues

Cats often give you clues about their favourite spots. They may rub their head against your hand or nudge you with their nose. These are signs that they want to be petted in that area. Look for areas where your cat grooms themselves the most. These areas are usually their favourite spots.

Many cats do not like to be petted on their tail and feet. These areas are sensitive, and if you touch them, your cat may become agitated or try to scratch you. Avoid these areas unless your cat specifically asks for it.

Tip 3: The Right Pressure

When stroking your cat, it is important to apply the right amount of pressure. Too much pressure can be uncomfortable or even painful for your cat, while too little pressure may not provide the desired effect. Begin by lightly stroking your cat’s fur with your fingertips. This will help your cat get used to the sensation and allow you to gauge their reaction.

Tip 4: Frequency Matters

When it comes to stroking your cat, frequency matters. Cats love to be stroked, but overdoing it can make them feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. On the other hand, not stroking them enough can make them feel neglected. Finding the right balance is key.

Tip 5: Observing your Cat’s Reaction

As touched on within this article, when stroking your cat, it is important to pay attention to their reaction. This will help you understand whether they are enjoying the experience or not. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Purring: If your cat is purring, it usually means they are happy and content. However, some cats may purr when they are nervous or scared, so it I s important to look for other signs of relaxation too.
  • Vocalisation: Some cats may meow or make other noises while you are stroking them. If they are making a low, rumbling purr-like sound, it usually means they are happy. However, if they are meowing loudly or growling, it is a sign that they are not enjoying the experience.


By following these five tips, you can stroke your cat in the correct way. Remember to always approach your cat calmly and gently, and to let them come to you when they are ready for affection. With these tips, you and your furry friend will enjoy many happy moments together. If you are interested in boarding your cat in our luxury cattery then please speak with a member of our team by calling us on on 01462 742658.