It's an age-old problem: you and a cat are getting along fine, the cat is purring, you're scratching its ears, it rolls over onto its back to show you its belly, you go in for a belly rub and end up on the receiving end of some claws and sharp teeth. So what went wrong?
It turns out that cat behavior and body language are rather widely misunderstood. Often times people read a cat's body language in the way they would read a dog's body language, and this is a big mistake. Cats have their own unique language that can be very telling to their human friends if, of course, those humans know what to look for.
The video below was created by Jackson Galaxy, who you may recognize from Animal Planet's show 'My Cat From Hell,' and in this video he explains some basics of cat body language and how they like to be pet.
Jackson Galaxy's bio on his YouTube channel explains his qualifications to be giving such advice, stating, "Jackson started his career working 'in the trenches' in animal shelters, and since then, has spent over 20 years developing his 'Cat Mojo' approach to solving cat (and human) issues. He has dedicated his life to promoting a compassionate world for all animals and, with the establishment of The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, is intensifying his work towards the ultimate goal of achieving a 'no-kill' reality in the US and beyond."
Watch the video below to see if you've been petting your cat in the most optimal way, and let us know in the comments if these tips were helpful! Please share this article if you know anyone out there who could learn a thing or two about how to best interact with cats!