Generally, the best places to pet a cat arewhere the scent glands are located around her face. If you extend your hand and they meet it with pressure to their head or cheek, this means they are depositing their scent onto you, a practice called bunting. Bunting leaves a scent marking their territory, but it’s also a way of showing affection.
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Where do cats like to be petted?
According to Johnson-Bennett, most cats like being pet on the back of the head and under their chin, with some enjoying long strokes down their back towards their tail (other cats, however, may not want you near their tail).
How do you get a cat to let you pet it?
The first step to cat petting is simply announcing yourself. Even if you鈥檙e interacting with a cat you know well, it鈥檚 nice to make your presence known before trying to pet the cat, said Pam Johnson-Bennett, cat behavior consultant and owner of Cat Behavior Associates, LLC.
How do you pet a cat’s cheeks?
Pet the cat鈥檚 cheeks and chin. The cheeks of cats contain scent glands which allow the cat to leave its scent on things and mark its territory. Scratch your cat’s cheeks from the whiskers back toward the tail, or gently scratch your cat under the jaw and along the neck. 5
Can You pet a cat when it is on its back?
Don鈥檛 engage in full-body pets, ear scratches, or tail pets until the cat has become completely acclimated to you and you, in turn, know the cat鈥檚 boundaries.  Don鈥檛 pet a cat when it is on its back.