Trying to pet a cat will likely get the cat overstimulated. You must remember not to pet the cat’s head or stroke it’s back, as this can cause further stress. If you notice that the cat is overly stimulated, stop petting immediately and avoid approaching it from above. You can also avoid rubbing the cat’s back, cradling its head, or approaching it from above.
Stop petting if your cat gets overstimulated
Many cats become overstimulated due to excessive petting. Cats are notoriously sensitive, and they can react violently to the wrong touch. Overstimulation has nothing to do with personality. However, your cat’s wagging tail may be a warning sign that she is overstimulated. If this is the case, stop petting your cat immediately. Instead, reward your cat with a treat or another form of positive reinforcement, such as a cuddle.
Overstimulation can also be caused by boredom. Give your cat regular play sessions to keep him active and reduce frustration. Check out our handout on enriching your cat’s life for ideas. Stop petting if your cat gets overstimulated
Avoid cradling the cat’s head in your hand
Picking up a cat is difficult and can lead to swats or scratches. Using a two-handed approach and placing your hand between the cat’s front paws will help to prevent the situation and make the experience pleasant for both you and your pet. Try bringing the cat up to your chest while maintaining a secure hold. Then, slowly release the cat from your hand.
To avoid this, make sure that you know where your cat’s “sweet spot” is. While the top of your cat’s head is a safe place to pet, cradling it in your hand could be perceived as aggressive, so always try to avoid cradling the head. It’s best to try to reach for the “sweet spot,” which is usually near the top of the butt.
Avoid rubbing the cat’s back
Although many cats love being stroked and rubbed, many cats do not like being touched on the back. It is best to avoid touching this sensitive area, especially if you are unfamiliar with the feline’s body language. Some cats may react aggressively to being stroked, curling up their legs, grabbing your hand with its paws, or biting you. If your cat does not like the back rub, you should stop immediately and find an alternative method of pet-making.
Another common reason cats don’t like having their backs petted is if they aren’t yet used to the idea. Cats may not like petting, especially in the early days of their relationship. Cats also have sensitive nerve endings on their backs, so rubbing the back of your cat will aggravate their pain and discomfort. While this may seem strange, some cats may not like being petted on their backs at all.