Want to get your kitty’s internal motor really running? Check out our tips for where to pet your cat for maximum purrs!

Want to really get your kitty’s motor running?

We’re sharing four tips for where to pet your cat for maximum purrs!

I bet you didn’t know that there are certain spots that cats really love to be pet. Did you also know that there are a few spots they absolutely loathe being touched?

Knowing these spots can mean the difference between a blissed out purring kitty and losing a chunk of your finger to a grumpy cat! Check them out!

Where to Pet Your Cat

There are 4 basic spots that all cats enjoy being petted:

  • Base of their chin,
  • Behind their whiskers,
  • Base of their tail and
  • Base of their ears.

The base of their chin is probably a cat’s favorite place for petting. With some gentle rubbing, most cats can sit there for hours being petted.

One of the reasons this spot is so enjoyable is that cats have scent glands located there, so when the area is rubbed, it gives off the cat’s scent.


Another favorite spot is on their cheeks, behind their whiskers.

This is another area where a cat’s scent glands are located. If you have ever petted your cat at the base of their tale, you may have noticed that they raise up their rear end. That’s because this is another one of their sweet spots for petting.

Lastly, the base of their ears is also where scent glands are located so cats love to be petted there.

Where NOT to Pet Your Cat!

So, now that you know where your cat likes being petted, do you know where they hate being petted?

For the majority of cats, you want to stay clear of petting their stomachs.

The reason for this is that even though your cat may feel safe inside their dwelling, it is also a natural instinct for them to be wary of predators. The first thing they will do is protect their stomach because that is the first place predators attack.


Here are some important tips for you to keep in mind when petting your cat.

Be sure that when you are petting them, you don’t block their vision by reaching across their face, since most cats see this as a threatening behavior. Also, watch their behavior when you are petting them, as they will tell you if they don’t like being petted in a certain spot.

You will notice that they stop purring or their ears change position. If this is the case, stop petting in that area and try another spot instead.

Did you know about these spots for where to pet your cat? Is your cat an exception to the rules? Tell us your thoughts below!

Deanna C
Deanna C

Deanna is a passionate cat lover. She lives with her Chi dog and a ragdoll cat