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To the Rescue: How to Make Friends With a Friend's Cat

To the Rescue: How to Make Friends With a Friend's Cat

While my house is feline-free, I've got plenty of friends with kitty housemates. Most of the time, they're pretty receptive to my overtures, but here's an easy tip I've learned the sharp way.

When reaching out to pet a cat, approach with fingers tucked under and fist together. Open hands with spread fingers can look a bit too much like unsheathed claws to some cats, and they could perceive your gentle petting desires to be a sign of aggression and lash out. Ouch. Move slowly — so you're not a moving target — and show the cat your hand first to sniff your scent before reaching in for a rub.

If you've had this problem, or other issues with animals, big and small, share your questions and concerns with our Pet Peeves group — I'm only here to help!


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raveness raveness 6 years
my cat just does not like other cats.she always comes to me when called or i snap my fingers.she is well trained.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I have found that its best to let the cat come to you, dont go to it. and then put your hand out fingers tucked in.
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