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Petting with a Purpose

Thursday, March 5, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT STROKEdOne of the best ways to communicate with your cat is through touch. My cats love to be stroked and petted. You’ll usually hear a relaxing purr while your stroking your cat. There are many therapeutic health benefits if you pet and stroke your pet properly.

One of the best ways of petting is through massage. Daily massages can help you detect fleas and can help you examine for any lumps or irregularitiesĀ  on your cat. For an older cat like my Molly, stroking and petting reduces joint stiffness.

Massage also strengthens the bond between you and your pet. It can also help curb aggression and improves a cat’s sociability with people and other animals. Massage also helps your cat get used to being handled and it becomes associated with positive experiences. Cats will be less stressed with brushing, visits to the vet, nail trimming, etc.

Pet and stroke your cat on a regular basis. It’s good for both you and her.

Remember, your pets count!

 

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