Katzenworld & International Care: "You can stroke me here, but not there"

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Scientific study by International Care investigating where and by whom cats like to be stroked reveals interesting findings presented on Katzenworld

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"Influence of handler familiarity and body region stroked"

Thirty-four cats were stroked on eight different areas on their body, both by their owners and by someone unfamiliar to them.

Popular online Cat Magazine Katzenworld recently teamed up with International Cat Care (Registered Charity – 1117342) to provide further high quality content on cat care.

Their most recent collaboration is delving into studies to help cat owners understand where their cats prefer to be stroked.

While most owners will agree that cats like to be stroked around the face area, there’s less agreement over other areas. For instance some owners report their cat loves being stroked on their back just in front of the base of the tail while others report it as a ‘danger zone’.

To try and get some scientific evidence behind this great debate, a group of scientists led by International Cat Care’s very own behaviour expert ‘Dr Sarah Ellis’ conducted a study which was recently published in a Special Issue on cats in the ‘Applied Animal Behaviour Science’ Journal.

What were the aims of the study?

In the study they investigated the behavioural responses of cats, when they were stroked on different parts of their body and by different people. They aimed to find out where cats enjoyed being stroked (or not) and whether the person doing the stroking had any influence on the cats’ response (study 1). They were also interested in investigating whether the base of tail area is a “yes stroke me” or a “no way” zone and if the answer depended on what areas were stroked before it. For instance do cats need to be stroked on the head and down the back before touching the base of tail, in order to find it pleasurable?

For the full study please head over to the article on Katzenworld

For further Details or additional images please contact Katzenworld Director Marc-Andre Runcie-Unger via email marc(at)katzenworld(dot)co(dot)uk or telephone +44 (0)7969738331

About Katzenworld:
Katzenworld is an online cat magazine working on providing cat owners and cat lovers with their number one source for:

  • Insight on cat care
  • Top cat events
  • Cat Cafes
  • Cat products

About International Cat Care:
International Cat Care works to create a world in which ‘all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding’ International Cat Care is a charity with the vision of a world where all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion, and understanding. We work closely with the veterinary profession through our veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine. All our work is reliant on donations and legacies.

Founded in 1958, we are a respected authority on feline health and best practice, working with owners, vets and other professionals around the world.
Registered Charity – 1117342

Reference for the study:
Ellis SLH, Thompson H, Guijaro C, Zulch HE. (2015) The influence of body region, handler familiarity and order of region handled on the domestic cat’s response to being stroked. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 173, 60-67.

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